|Spokesperson of Union, Progress and Democracy
Parliamentary Group in the Congress of Deputies
15 December 2011 – 13 January 2016
|Member of the Congress of Deputies|
1 April 2008 – 13 January 2016
|Spokesperson of Union, Progress and Democracy|
26 September 2007 – 11 July 2015
|Succeeded by||Andrés Herzog|
|Member of the European Parliament|
20 July 1999 – 28 August 2007
|President of the Spanish Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament|
20 July 1999 – 19 July 2004
|Preceded by||Manuel Medina Ortega|
|Succeeded by||Enrique Barón Crespo|
|Member of Basque Parliament|
8 January 1987 – 6 July 1999
|Minister for Commerce, Consumption and Tourism of the Basque Government|
4 October 1991 – 1 July 1998
|President||José Antonio Ardanza|
|Preceded by||Jon Imanol Azúa
(Industry and Commerce)
Joseba Arregi Aranburu
(Culture and Tourism)
|Succeeded by||Belén Greaves Badillo|
|Councillor for the Municipality of Güeñes|
20 June 1987 – 15 June 1991
|Member of the General Assemblies of Biscay|
24 May 1983 – 15 April 1987
|Member of the Foral Diputation of Biscay|
3 May 1979 – 10 March 1983
|Born||Rosa María Díez González
27 May 1952
Sodupe (Güeñes), Biscay,
Basque Country, Spain
|Political party||UPyD (since 2007)
|Spouse(s)||José Ignacio Fernández de Ochoa|
She was a former Member of the European Parliament for the PSOE ("Partido Socialista Obrero Español" or Spanish Socialist Workers' Party), integrated in the Party of European Socialists. In 2007 she gave up her seat and left the PSOE particularly due to disagreement on what she perceived to be the Socialists' drift on individual liberties, ETA.
She founded a new political party called Unión Progreso y Democracia in Spanish and Union, Progress and Democracy in English (UPyD), based on the existing movement of Basque citizens against ETA violence ¡Basta Ya!. In 2008 and 2011, she was elected to the Congress of Deputies (Spain) representing Madrid district. In the Spanish General Elections of 2011, she was re-elected and her party was the fourth most voted party in Spain.
Díez personally advocates for lower public wages. Subsequently and although she is the UPyD spokesperson on five committees, she is only paid for one of them.
On May 24, 2015 she announced she would not seek reelection as spokesperson of UPyD due to the party's poor performance in the regional and municipal elections.
- Libertad Digital (18 August 2011). "Rosa Díez ve "fanatismo puro" en las marchas antipapa" (in Spanish). Libertad Ditgital. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
En declaraciones a RNE recogidas por Europa Press, Rosa Díez se ha definido como "agnóstica" y dirigente de un partido que apuesta "por una España laica" y ha defendido el laicismo como la separación de poderes entre Iglesia y Estado, pero ve en España "muy poco laicismo y mucho fanático de uno y otro lado"
- "Sueldos Públicos. Transparencia y Libertad". Sueldospublicos.com. Retrieved 2014-04-17.