|Member of the European Parliament
14 July 2009
30 June 1965 |
|Political party|| Spanish:
Democratic Convergence of Catalonia
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
|Alma mater||University of Barcelona|
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (Barcelona, 30 June 1965) is an economist and Catalan politician, professor at the Department of Economic Theory at the University of Barcelona, where he obtained his Doctorate about the influence of macroeconomic policy in the catalan manufacture industry (1983 - 1995). From 2009 onwards he has been independent MEP for Convergència i Unió and has been re-elected in 2014. He is author of various books and academic articles about monetary politics, fiscal federalism and regional economics.
Early life and education
Ramon Tremosa was born in Barcelona on the 30th of June in a family originally from Lleida (his father is from Arenys de Noguera, Ribagorça and his Mother from el Poal, Pla d´Urgell). Until the age of 15 he has lived in Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona where he attended school at Don-Bosco. Later, he moved to the popular area of Gracia in Barcelona, where he finished school at La Salle.
One of his great passions is to read and write. He is very interested about culture and spends his few hours of free time in the Theatre or Cinema. Furthermore, he has studied five years piano and has sung in various choirs . For six years, he is an active member of Vivace Choir, at the "Cercle de Gràcia". Ramon also enjoys doing sport, especially swimming, where he his member of the "Club Natació Barcelona", but tries, whenever he can to escape to the mountains or the Ebro Delta to enjoy Nature. He is hugely interested in languages and cultures and is fluent in English and Italian and has studied German for three years, language always tries to keep practicing.
In 1992 he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Barcelona and combined his studies with work in the field of tax consultancy from 1987 onwards. Seven years later, in 1999, he completed his doctorate at the University of Barcelona, where he is lecturing since 1992. Ramón did his thesis in the Autonomous University of Barcelona about the influence of the monetary policy on the Catalan manufacturing industry (1983 - 1995). In 1999 he also completed a Master in Applied Economic Analysis at the University Pompeu Fabra. It is worth mentioning he was in 2006 one of the promoters of the vote against the Catalan Statute of Autonomy. Ten years later, it has been proven he was right and the Statute was clearly insufficient for Catalan interests.
Tremosa was leader of the list as independent candidate for the Catalan party Convergència i Unió (CiU) and was elected MEP at the European Parliament in the 2009 European elections. He has since been serving on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. In this capacity, he drafted reports on the supervision of the European financial system (2010), the report of the European Central Bank (2011) and competition (2012)
Between 2009 and 2014 Tremosa also served as a substitute on the Committee on Transport and Tourism, where he actively took part in the debates about the Mediterranean Corridor, the European Single Railway Area directive and the discussions about a common agrarian policy.
He is one of the main defenders of the official use of Catalan language in the European institutions, the guarantee of a minimum flow for the Ebro river and the fight against monopolies, which are a thread for the free market.
In May 2014 Tremosa was re-elected. In 2014, he co-sponsored (with Andreas Schwab) a non-binding bill before the European Parliament calling on the European Commission to consider separating Google’s search-engine business from its other commercial activities to ensure fair competition on the internet. He currently serves as the Parliament's rapporteur on the annual report of the European Central Bank. In 2016, Tremosa joined the Parliament's Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) that will investigate the Panama Papers revelations and tax avoidance schemes more broadly.
- Competitivitat de l´economia catalana en l´horitzó 2010: Effectes macroeconòmics del dèfiit fiscal amb l´Estat espanyol (Competiivity of the catalan economy in the horizon 2010: Macroeconomic effects of the fiscal deficity with the Spanish State) - 2003
- Polítiques públiques: Una visió renovada (Public politics: An updated perspective) - 2004
- L´espoli fiscal. Una asfíxia premeditada (The spanish fiscal system, a premeditated asphyxia) - 2004
- Estatut de Catalunya, veritats contra mentides (Statute of Catalan Autonomy: Truths against lies) - 2005
- Estatut, aeroports i ports de peix al cove (Satate of Catalan Autonomy, centralized airports and harbours) - 2006
- Catalunya serà logística o no serà (Catalonia will be logistic or it will not be) - 2007
- Catalunya, país emergent (Catalonia, emerging economy) - 2008
- Ramón Tremosa, el Sobiranisme necessari (Ramon Tremosa, the necessary sovereignity) - 2009
- Catalonia, An Emerging Economy (Catalonia, an emerging economy) - 2010
- Let Catalonia Vote (Let Catalonia vote) - 2015
- Cinquanta són cinquanta (50 are 50) - 2015
- The Catalan finance mechanism
- Business cycle in the catalan manufacturing industry (1983-1995): Microeconomic convergence with Europe and influence of the monetary policy in the enterprises profitability, according to the E.U. database BACH"
- Foo Yun Chee (November 24, 2014), EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday Reuters.
- Nicholas Hirst (November 27, 2014), MEPs back motion suggesting break-up of Google European Voice.