Xavier Trias

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Xavier Trias
Xavier Trias 2014 (cropped).jpg
Trias in 2014
118th Mayor of Barcelona
In office
2 July 2011 – 13 June 2015
Preceded byJordi Hereu
Succeeded byAda Colau
President of the Convergence and Union parliamentary group in the Barcelona City Council
Assumed office
13 June 2015
Preceded byJoan Puigdollers
In office
25 May 2003 – 2 July 2011
Preceded byJoan Puigdollers
Succeeded byJoan Puigdollers
Spokesperson for the Catalan Group at the Spanish Congress of Deputies
In office
12 March 2000 – 14 March 2004
Preceded byJosep López de Lerma
Succeeded byJosep Antoni Durán i Lleida
Minister of the Presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia
In office
11 January 1996 – 3 February 2000
PresidentJordi Pujol
Preceded byJoaquim Triadú
Succeeded byArtur Mas (in 2001)
Minister of Health of the Generalitat of Catalonia
In office
4 July 1988 – 11 January 1996
PresidentJordi Pujol
Preceded byJosep Laporte i Salas
Succeeded byEduard Rius i Pey
Personal details
Born (1946-08-05) 5 August 1946 (age 74)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Political partyPDeCAT
Alma materUniversity of Barcelona

Xavier Trias i Vidal de Llobatera (Catalan pronunciation: [ʃəβiˈe ˈtɾi.əs]; Barcelona, 5 August 1946) is a Spanish politician, member of the Catalan European Democratic Party and was Mayor of Barcelona from July 2011 to June 2015. Among other responsibilities to the Government of Catalonia, he was Minister of Health and Director of the Presidency for various Jordi Pujol Governments.


Xavier Trias i Vidal de Llobatera was born in Barcelona on 5 August 1946. He is married, has four children and six grandchildren. He has been a member of Democratic Convergence of Catalonia since 1979. He received a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona in 1970, specializing in pediatrics. Between 1971 and 1973 he completed his post graduate training in Genova, Italy and Bern, Switzerland, where he worked for a year and a half in the investigation of metabolic diseases, their diagnosis and treatment.

From 1974 to 1981 he served as a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital in Vall d'Hebron. Between 1979 and 1981 was member of national hospitals in the "General Council of Doctors in Spain", and also member of the Board of Hospitals Association of Physicians of Barcelona.

In 1981, he started working Head of Hospital Care, at the Department of Health and Social Security of the Generalitat of Catalonia, headed by the Minister Josep Laporte, who Trias consider as his political father. In September 1983 he assumed ownership of the Directorate General of Health Planning.

In July 1984 he was appointed Director General of the Catalan Institute of Health (ICS), a post he held until his appointment as Minister of Health in July 1988, precisely in place of Laporte. With the Minister Laporte, Trias is considered responsible for the promotion and development of the Catalan health care model, prestige and international recognition.

On 12 January 1996 was appointed Minister of the Presidency, and began to work closely with President Jordi Pujol. In this era, the government created the Catalonia Broadcasting Council (CAC), and improved the labor regime for the officials of the Generalitat, with progress in reconciling family life, among other initiatives.

In March 2000, he was a candidate of Convergence and Union (CiU) for election to Congress. He won and became President and Spokesperson for the Catalan Parliamentary Group of the Congress of Deputies, and Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology.

On 5 June 2010 he was proclaimed a CiU candidate for the Barcelona City Council, a post he had already held since 14 June 2003 as well as being Chairman of the Municipal Group of CiU. On 22 May he won the elections receiving 29% of the votes and becoming the new mayor on 2 July. In July 2011 he inaugurated the 5th edition of The Brandery show.[1]

On 29 March 2020, during COVID-19 pandemic in Spain, Trias was admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 and was discharged on 7 April.[2][3]


Paradise Papers[edit]

In November 2017 an investigation conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism cited his name in the list of politicians named in "Paradise Papers" allegations.[4]


  1. ^ Verona, Rosa; Vázquez Creus, Andrea (13 July 2011). "La semana de la moda de Barcelona se completa con la apertura de 'The Brandery'". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  2. ^ Cotrina, Jordi (30 March 2020). "Xavier Trias, ingresado en el Clínic por coronavirus". El Periódico (in Spanish).
  3. ^ "Xavier Trias surt de l'hospital després de passar deu dies ingressat per coronavirus". El Punt Avui (in Catalan). 7 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Explore The Politicians in the Paradise Papers - ICIJ". ICIJ. Retrieved 2017-12-06.

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