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Luis Planas Puchades (born 20 November 1952) is a Spanish politician currently serving as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food since 7 June 2018 and also Minister of Territorial Policy and Civil Service since 21 May 2019.


Luis Planas Puchades

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Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Assumed office
7 June 2018
Acting: Since 29 April 2019
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded byIsabel García Tejerina
Minister of Territorial Policy and Civil Service
Assumed office
21 May 2019
Acting: Since 21 May 2019
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded byMeritxell Batet
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 January 1987 – 6 June 1993
ConstituencySpain
Member of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
21 May 2019
ConstituencyCórdoba
In office
28 October 1982 – 23 April 1987
ConstituencyCórdoba
Member of the Senate
In office
17 April 1996 – 13 June 1996
ConstituencyAndalusia
Personal details
Born (1952-11-20) 20 November 1952 (age 66)
Valencia, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party
Alma materUniversity of Valencia

EducationEdit

Planas received a law degree from the University of Valencia.[1]

Legal careerEdit

In 1982 he was elected deputy to the Cortes Generales for Córdoba. While serving he was a member of the Constitutional Commission and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, he served as spokesman for the Socialist Parliamentary Group on European Affairs and member of the Joint Committee of Parliament-European Parliament.

Between 1986 and 1993 he was appointed and later elected as a Member of the European Parliament. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Institutional Affairs Committee and member of the Delegation for the relationship with the Congress of the United States.

He was a founding member in 1990 of the Transatlantic Economic Council.[1]

He served as Vice-president of the Foreign Affairs Committee (1987-1989) and vice-president of the European Socialist Group (1991-1993). In 1993 he was Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries for Andalusia and the following year, Minister of the Presidency of Andalusia and member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union.[1] At the time he was also Deputy for Cordoba to the Regional Government of Andalusia. In 1996 he was senator to Cortes by designation, but at the end of that same year he returned to Brussels as director of the Cabinet of the vice-president of the European Commission Manuel Marín where he was responsible for relations with the Mediterranean, Latin America and Asia.

From 1999 to 2004 he was appointed chief of staff of European Commissioner of Economic and Monetary Affairs Pedro Solbes. That year he was appointed Ambassador of Spain in Morocco, serving from May 1, 2004 – October 5, 2010.[2] He then served as Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union from October 5, 2010, and until December 31, 2011.

On May 7, 2012, he returned to Spain to be appointed Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment of the Government of Andalusia.[1] On March 1, 2014, he joined the European Economic and Social Committee as general secretary.

On June 6, 2018, he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the new government of Pedro Sánchez.[3] In 20 May 2019, Territorial Policy Minister Meritxell Batet resigned to the position in order to assume as Speaker of the Congress of Deputies. Due to this, Planas was appointed also Minister of Territorial Policy and Civil Service.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "El exconsejero andaluz Luis Planas, nuevo ministro de Agricultura". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  2. ^ "elmundo.es - Luis Planas Puchades, nuevo embajador en Marruecos". www.elmundo.es. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  3. ^ "Los ministros del Gobierno de Pedro Sánchez". El País (in Spanish). 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  4. ^ Press, Europa (2019-05-21). "Planas asume Política Territorial y Función Pública tras la marcha de Batet para presidir el Congreso". www.europapress.es. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
Political offices
Preceded by
Leocadio Marín Rodríguez
Regional Minister of Agriculture, Fishing of Andalusia
1993-1994
Succeeded by
Paulino Plata Cánovas
Preceded by
Concpeción Gutiérrez del Castillo
Regional Minister of the Presidency of Andalusia
1994-1996
Succeeded by
Gaspar Zarrías
Preceded by
Clara Aguilera García
Regional Minister of Agriculture, Fishing and the Environment of Andalusia
2012-2013
Succeeded by
Elenea Vívoras Jiménez
Preceded by
Isabel García Tejerina
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
2018-present
Incumbent