Pilar del Castillo

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Pilar del Castillo
Pilar del Castillo Eurodiputada.jpg
Minister of Education, Culture and Sport
In office
27 April 2000 – 18 April 2004
Prime Minister José María Aznar
Preceded by Mariano Rajoy
Succeeded by María Jesús San Segundo
Personal details
Born (1952-07-31) 31 July 1952 (age 63)
Nador, Morocco
Political party People's Party
Alma mater Technical University of Madrid
Ohio State University
Complutense University of Madrid
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Del Castillo and the second or maternal family name is Vera.

Pilar del Castillo Vera (Nador, Morocco, 31 July 1952). Minister for Education, Culture and Sport in the Spanish Government, 2000 to 2004.

Member of the European Parliament, since 2004; coordinator for the Group of the European People's Party in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), and substitute member in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).

Member of the EP Delegation for Relations with India.

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 she 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.

Chair of the European Internet Foundation.

Member of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN), the European Energy Forum (EEF) and the Board of Knowledge4Innovation (K4I).

Chair of the 'Energy and Environment' Permanent Working Group of the European Ideas Network (EIN).

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Spanish Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES), and of various national and international Political Science Associations.

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum.

She is passionate about art, her official ministerial portrait, that hangs in the gallery of the Ministry of Education, is a self-portrait.

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