Pilar del Castillo
|Pilar del Castillo|
|Minister of Education, Culture and Sport|
27 April 2000 – 18 April 2004
|Prime Minister||José María Aznar|
|Preceded by||Mariano Rajoy|
|Succeeded by||María Jesús San Segundo|
31 July 1952 |
|Political party||People's Party|
|Alma mater||Technical University of Madrid
Ohio State University
Complutense University of Madrid
Early life and education
Law graduate at Complutense University of Madrid, 1974. In 1980 she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship for a master's degree in Political Science at Ohio State University, USA. PhD in Law from Complutense University of Madrid, 1983. Awarded the Spanish Sociological Research Centre Prize for the doctoral thesis 'Political Party Funding in Western Democracies', 1984.
In 1986, Del Castillo became Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law at UNED, and Professor in Political Science and Administration in 1994. Editor-in-Chief of the Journal 'Nueva Revista de Política, Cultura y Arte', 1995-1996. Director of the Spanish Sociological Research Centre, 1996 to 2000. She is author of numerous publications on political parties and electoral behaviour.
Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, 2000–2004
When Prime Minister José Maria Aznar led his conservative Popular Party to a victory and second term of office at the 2000 national elections, he made Del Castillo his new Minister of Education, Culture and Sport. In this capacity, she was in charge of implementing the government’s 2001 plan to overhaul the country’s public universities; the law prompted the largest student demonstrations since Spain's transition to democracy, with an estimated 100,000 students, university staff protesting nationwide on 1 December 2001.
Member of the European Parliament, 2004–present
Del Castillo has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2004 European elections. She has since been serving as coordinator for the Group of the European People's Party in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), and as substitute member in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON). From 2007 to 2009, she was a member of the Temporary Committee on Climate Change. In addition, she was a member of the EP Delegation for Relations with India (2009-2014) and of the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China (2004-2009).
In her capacity as member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Del Castillo is the parliament’s rapporteur on a telecoms single market. She also served as rapporteur on the Directive on Security of Networks and Information Systems (NIS); the Regulation on the Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications (BEREC); and on the Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe.
In addition to her committee assignments, Del Castillo holds the following positions in the European Parliament:
- European Energy Forum (EEF), Member
- European Internet Foundation, Chairwoman
- European Parliament Intergroup on Disability, Member
- Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN), Member
- Knowledge4Innovation (K4I), Member of the Board
Other activities (selection)
- European Ideas Network (EIN), Chair of the 'Energy and Environment' Permanent Working Group
- European Network for Women in Leadership (WIL), Member
- Spanish Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES), Member of the Board of Trustees
- Prado Museum, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Fundación Ortega-Marañón, Member of the Board of Trustees
Del Castillo is passionate about art; her official ministerial portrait in the gallery of the Ministry of Education is a self-portrait.
- New reins for Spain Variety, April 28, 2000.
- Emma Daly (December 2, 2001), In Spain, Thousands Protest New Plans for Universities New York Times.
- Sarah Laitner (April 2, 2008), Fresh obstacle to Reding's plan for telecoms 'super' regulator Financial Times.
- Toby Vogel (September 11, 2014), Committees choose rapporteurs European Voice.
- 2016 Speakers: Pilar del Castillo Mobile World Congress.
- Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on Disability European Parliament.
- Pilar del Castillo European Network for Women in Leadership (WIL).
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