Pío Cabanillas Gallas

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Pío Cabanillas Gallas
(Cabanillas) Adolfo Suárez junto a Pío Cabanillas, ministro de Cultura, en una tasca de Orense durante la campaña de UCD en las elecciones generales de 1 de marzo de 1979 (cropped).jpeg
Pío Cabanillas in 1977
Minister of Information and Tourism
In office
4 January 1974 – October 1975
Prime Minister Arias Navarro
Preceded by Fernando de Liñán
Minister of Justice
In office
31 August 1981 – 3 December 1982
Succeeded by Fernando Ledesma Bartret
Personal details
Born 13 November 1923
Died 10 October 1991(1991-10-10) (aged 67)
Nationality Spanish
Political party People's Party

Pío Cabanillas Gallas (13 November 1923 – 10 October 1991) was a Spanish jurist and politician, who held different cabinet posts and served as a deputy in the European Parliament.

Early life and education[edit]

Cabanillas was born 13 November 1923 in Pontevedra.[1][2] His uncle Roman C. was a poet.[2] He held a law degree.[3]


Cabanillas was a member of the Council of the Realm, which was the highest advisory body in the Francoist Spain.[3] He was the information and tourism minister in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Arias Navarro which was formed on 4 January 1974 under Francisco Franco.[4][5] Cabanillas replaced Fernando de Liñán in the post.[4] Cabanillas was removed from office in October 1975 on the orders of Franco due to "being too liberal in lifting press censorship."[4][5]

Cabanillas was appointed justice minister on 31 August 1981, replacing Francisco Fernández Ordóñez in the post.[6] His term ended on when Fernando Ledesma Bartret was appointed justice minister on 3 December 1982.[6] In 1986, Cabanillas became a member of the European Parliament for the People's Party and served at the parliament until 1991.[1]

Views and activities[edit]

Cabanillas was close to Manuel Fraga Iribarne, former minister.[4] Cabanillas was instrumental both in drafting the 1966 press law which dissolved the press censorship in Spain and in the transition period of Spain from dictatorship to democracy in the 1970s.[3] Although he was described as a reformist during the late Francoism, he was viewed as a conservative in his later years while serving at the European Parliament.[7]


Cabanillas died of a heart attack in Madrid on 10 October 1991.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Pio Cabanillas". The European Parliament. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Pio Cabanillas Gallas". Munzinger (in German). Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Pio Cabanillas Gallas, Politician, 67". The New York Times. Madrid. AP. 12 October 1991. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Sima Lieberman (1995). Growth and Crisis in the Spanish Economy, 1940-93. New York: Routledge. Retrieved 10 September 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Paul H. Lewis (2002). Latin Fascist Elites: The Mussolini, Franco, and Salazar Regimes. Westport, CT: Praeger. Retrieved 10 September 2013.   – via Questia (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b "Spanish ministries". Rulers. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pio Cabanillas Gallas; Spaniard Was Member of European Parliament". Los Angeles Times. 14 October 1991. Retrieved 10 September 2013.