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Meritxell Batet Lamaña (born 19 March 1973) is a Spanish jurist and politician member of the Socialists' Party of Catalonia, currently serving as President of the Congress of Deputies. Prior to this, she served as Minister for Territorial Policy and Civil Service of the Government of Spain between June 2018 and May 2019.

Meritxell Batet

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President of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
21 May 2019
MonarchFelipe VI
Preceded byAna Pastor Julián
Minister for Territorial Policy and Civil Service
In office
7 June 2018 – 20 May 2019
MonarchFelipe VI
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded bySoraya Sáenz de Santamaría Territorial Administrations
Cristóbal Montoro
Civil Service
Succeeded byLuis Planas
Member of the Congress of Deputies
Assumed office
21 May 2019
In office
13 July 2016 – 15 June 2018
In office
13 January 2016 – 19 July 2016
In office
2 April 2004 – 13 January 2016
Personal details
Born (1973-03-19) March 19, 1973 (age 46)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Political partySocialists' Party of Catalonia
Spouse(s)José María Lassalle 2005-2016
Alma materPompeu Fabra University
OccupationJurist, academic and politician

A professor of Constitutional Law at the Pompeu Fabra University, she has been a member of the Socialist Parliamentary Group in the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th terms of the lower house.


Biography and academic careerEdit

Batet studied at the Gravi School in Barcelona and joined the university with the support of scholarships.[1] In 1995 she graduated in Law from the Pompeu Fabra University where also took doctorate courses with the presentation of the thesis Participation, deliberation and transparency in the institutions and bodies of the European Union.[2] In 1998 she completed a postgraduate course in real estate and urban development law at IDEC. In 2013 presented the doctoral thesis project entitled The principle of subsidiarity in Spain.[3]

From 1995 to 1998 she was professor of Administrative Law at Pompeu Fabra University and was a professor of Constitutional Law until her appointment as Minister.[4]

In 2007 received a German Marshall scholarship to maintain a stay in the United States.

Political careerEdit

Her first contact with politics was during her student years. She explains in interviews that when she received a grant from the Generalitat to study the doctorate at the university, her thesis supervisor, Josep Mir, told her that Narcís Serra, then first secretary of the PSC, was looking for someone to coordinate his secretariat who was not a militant. Batet collaborated with him for two years.[1] From 2001 to 2004 she directed the Carles Pi i Sunyer Foundation for Autonomous and Local Studies.

In 2004, she was an independent in the ninth position on the Barcelona list of the Socialist Party of Catalonia for the Congress of Deputies headed by José Montilla and was elected deputy for Barcelona.[5] In 2008 she joined the PSC where she works in the group of Gràcia of the Federation of Barcelona.

In the legislative elections of 2008 occupied the eleventh position of the list for Barcelona and renewed her seat as in the legislative elections of 2011 to which it concurred in the position number eight.

In February 2013 she broke the voting discipline of the Socialist Group together with other members of the PSC by voting in the Congress of Deputies in favor of the two initiatives presented by CiU and La Izquierda Plural (IU-ICV / EUiA-CHA) to allow the carrying out a referendum in Catalonia on its future relationship with the rest of Spain. The socialist group fined undisciplined deputies with 600 euros.[6]

In July 2014, she was appointed Secretary of Studies and Programs in the Federal Executive Commission of the PSOE, assuming her first organic position.[7]

In the legislative elections of 2015, she was number two on the PSOE list for Madrid despite being a PSC militant in tandem with Secretary General Pedro Sánchez In addition to coordinating the electoral program for the elections, Sánchez entrusted her with the coordination of the team of experts that outlines its proposal for reforming the Constitution.[8]

In February 2016, she was one of the people chosen by Sánchez to negotiate with other political forces in an attempt to set up an alternative government alliance to PP.[9]

In April 2016, she agreed to head the PSC's list for Barcelona in the general elections convened for the month of June, following the resignation of Carme Chacón to become a candidate again.[10] In May 2016, it was confirmed that Batet would be a candidate without primaries after the resignation of Carles Martí to propose an alternative candidacy:[11]

Minister for Territorial Policy and Civil ServiceEdit

Chosen by Pedro Sánchez, new Spanish Prime Minister, following the motion of censure that the PSOE presented against the previous government of Mariano Rajoy (PP) and that was approved by the Congress of Deputies on 1 June 2018, appointed her as Minister in new Spanish government.[12] Felipe VI sanctioned by royal decree of June her appointment as holder of the portfolio of Minister for Territorial Policy and Civil Service.[13] On 7 June she took office as Minister before the King at Palace of Zarzuela.[14][13] She stepped down on May 20, 2019 in order to become head of the Congress of Deputies.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

In August 2005 she married in the Cantabrian town of Santillana del Mar with the deputy for Cantabria of the Popular Party, José María Lassalle, with whom she has two twin daughters. They divorced ten years later, in May 2016. Lassalle was appointed by PM Mariano Rajoy State Secretary for Culture, and later, in 2016,Society of Information and the Digital Agenda of Spain.[16]


  • E. Niubó, M. Batet, J. Majó , Europa, Federalisme, Socialdemocràcia XXI, Fundació Rafael Campalans, Barcelona, 2012.
  • L’esperança cívica d’Europa. Reflexions sobre el paper de la ciutadania a partir de la nova Constitució Europea. Publicado en FRC Revista de Debat Polític, primavera 10, 2005.
  • Indicadores de gestión de servicios públicos locales. Document Pi i Sunyer número 25, Fundació Carles Pi i Sunyer, Barcelona 2004
  • Indicadors de gestió de serveis públics locals: una iniciativa des de Catalunya. En Evaluación y control de políticas públicas. Indicadores de gestión. Ayuntamiento de Gijón, 2002


  1. ^ a b Merino, Juan Carlos (4 October 2015). "Meritxell Batet, una catalana rebelde en la candidatura del PSOE". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ "BATET LAMAÑA, MERITXELL". Universitat Pompeu Fabra (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Biografía de Meritxell Batet Lamaña". PSOE (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 21 July 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  4. ^ Gil, Iván (5 June 2018). "Meritxell Batet, la académica que llegó al Congreso sin carné y aval de Narcís Serra". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Titania Compañía Editorial, S.L. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Listas elecciones generales". Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya (in Catalan). 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  6. ^ "El PSC rompe la disciplina de voto por primera vez al apoyar el derecho a decidir". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 26 February 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Meritxell Batet y Zaida Cantera, candidatas dos y seis en la lista del PSOE". Nueva Tribuna (in Spanish). 30 September 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  8. ^ Sanz, Luis Ángel; G. Sastre, Daniel (28 April 2016). "Todo el PSOE mira a Meritxell Batet para encabezar la lista de Barcelona". El Mundo (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  9. ^ Díez, Anabel (3 February 2016). "Sánchez elige un equipo moderado para negociaciones difíciles". El País (in Spanish). Madrid: Prisa. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  10. ^ Pascual, Roger (29 April 2016). "Meritxell Batet acepta ser la candidata del PSC el 26J". El Periódico (in Spanish). Grupo Zeta. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  11. ^ G. Sastre, Daniel (4 May 2016). "Batet será candidata del PSC sin primarias". El Mundo (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  12. ^ Europa Press (6 June 2018). "La catalana Meritxell Batet, nombrada ministra de Política Territorial y Función Pública". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  13. ^ a b R., Felipe (7 June 2018). Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Pedro (ed.). "Real Decreto 357/2018, de 6 de junio, por el que se nombran Ministros del Gobierno". Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish). Presidencia del Gobierno (138): 58729-58729. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  14. ^ EFE (7 June 2018). "Los 17 del "Consejo de Ministras y Ministros" de Sánchez prometen ante el Rey". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
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  16. ^ Bianchi, Martín (9 May 2016). "Meritxell Batet y José María Lassalle se separan". ABC (in Spanish). Vocento. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría
Presidency and Territorial Administrations
Cristóbal Montoro
Treasury and Civil Service
Minister of Territorial Policy and Civil Service
Succeeded by
Luis Planas
Preceded by
Ana Pastor Julián
President of the Congress of Deputies