Pere Aragonès

Pere Aragonès i Garcia (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpeɾə əɾəɣuˈnɛs]; born 16 November 1982) is a Catalan lawyer and politician from Spain, serving as the President of the Government of Catalonia since 22 May 2021. He previously served between 2018 and 2021 as Vice President and Minister of Economy and Finance of Catalonia, as well as Acting President since 28 September 2020. He is a member of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) political party.


Pere Aragonès

Pere Aragonès, fotografia oficial 2021.jpg
Official portrait, 2021
132nd[1] President of the Government of Catalonia
Assumed office
24 May 2021
Acting: 28 September 2020 – 24 May 2021
MonarchFelipe VI
Vice PresidentJordi Puigneró
Preceded byQuim Torra
Vice President of Catalonia
In office
2 June 2018 – 24 May 2021
PresidentQuim Torra
Preceded byOriol Junqueras
(Direct rule from 27 October 2017)
Succeeded byJordi Puigneró
Minister of Economy and Finance of Catalonia
In office
2 June 2018 – 24 May 2021
PresidentQuim Torra
Preceded byOriol Junqueras
(Direct rule from 27 October 2017)
Succeeded byJaume Giró
Member of the Catalan Parliament
for the Province of Barcelona
In office
5 December 2006 – 21 January 2016
Preceded byJosep Huguet
Succeeded byMaria Assumpta Rosell i Medall
Member of Pineda de Mar Municipal Council
In office
2011–2018
Succeeded byMeritxell Mateu Estopa
Personal details
Born
Pere Aragones i Garcia

(1982-11-16) 16 November 1982 (age 38)
Pineda de Mar, Catalonia, Spain
Political partyRepublican Left of Catalonia
Other political
affiliations
Republican Left of Catalonia–Catalonia Yes
Alma materOpen University of Catalonia
University of Barcelona
OccupationLawyer, academic

Born in 1982 in Pineda de Mar, Aragonès studied law at the Open University of Catalonia and economics at the University of Barcelona before becoming a lawyer and an academic. He was a member of the Parliament of Catalonia from December 2006 to January 2016 when he was appointed Secretary of Economy in the Catalan government. He was a member of the municipal council in Pineda de Mar from May 2011 to April 2018 and was appointed Vice President and Minister of Economy and Finance of Catalonia in June 2018.

Early lifeEdit

Aragonès was born on 16 November 1982 in Pineda de Mar, Catalonia, Spain.[2][3] He has a degree in law from the Open University of Catalonia and a masters degree in economic history from the University of Barcelona (UB).[2][3] He has also studied public policy and economic development at the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.[3][4] He is currently studying for a Ph.D. in economic history from UB.[5]

Aragonès joined the Young Republican Left of Catalonia, the youth wing of the Republican Left of Catalonia, in 1998 and was its national spokesperson from 2003 to 2007.[3][4] He joined ERC in 2000.[2] He has been a member of ERC's executive since 2003 and is currently number three in the party.[6] He is also a member of the Òmnium Cultural.[4]

CareerEdit

 
Aragonès at a Saint George's Day event on 23 April 2018

Aragonès worked at a law firm specialising in corporate and public administration law.[2][3] He was a researcher at the Institut Ignasi Villalonga d'Economia i Empresa and an associate professor at the University of Perpignan.[3] In January 2016 he was appointed the Generalitat de Catalunya's Secretary of Economy in January 2016.[2][3]

At the 2003 regional election Aragonès was placed 38th on the Republican Left of Catalonia's list of candidates in the Province of Barcelona but the party only managed to win 13 seats in the province and as a result he was not elected.[7][8] At the 2006 regional election he was placed 12th on the ERC's list of candidates in the Province of Barcelona but the party only managed to win 11 seats in the province and as a result he was not elected again.[9][10] However, in December 2006, he was appointed to the Parliament of Catalonia following the resignation of Josep Huguet.[11]

Aragonès was placed 7th on ERC's list of candidates 2010 in the Province of Barcelona and, although the party only managed to win six seats in the province, he was re-elected after the second placed candidate Ernest Benach declined to take his seat in the Catalan parliament.[12][13] He was re-elected at the 2012 and 2015 regional elections.[14][15][16][17] He resigned from parliament upon being appointed Secretary of Economy.

 
Aragonès and other members of the Catalan government on 2 June 2018

Aragonès contested the 2011 local elections as a Republican Left of Catalonia-Junts per Pineda-Acord Municipal (ERC-JP-AM) electoral alliance candidate in Pineda de Mar and was elected.[18][19] He was re-elected at the 2015 local elections.[20][21] He resigned from Pineda de Mar Municipal Council in April 2018.[22]

On 19 May 2018 newly elected President of Catalonia Quim Torra nominated a new government in which Aragonès was to be Vice President and Minister of Economy and Finance.[23][24][25] He was sworn in on 2 June 2018 at the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya.[26][27][28]

On 15 March 2020 Aragonès announced on Twitter that he had contracted the COVID-19 virus during COVID-19 pandemic in Spain.[29]

On 28 September 2020, following the rule issued by the Spanish Supreme Court that barred President of Catalonia Joaquim Torra from chairing any public office, he assumed the position as acting President of the region.[30]

On 21 May 2021, after the 2021 Catalan elections and an agreement with Junts, he became the first President of Catalonia from Esquerra Republicana since Josep Tarradellas in the 1980s.[31]

In June 2021, he welcomed the decision by Pedro Sánchez to pardon those convicted for the 2017 independence attempt, but he said that he would pursue for an amnesty for all those involved in that year's events, which would benefit over 3,000 people.[32]

Electoral historyEdit

Electoral history of Pere Aragonès
Election Constituency Party Alliance No. Result
2003 regional[7][8] Province of Barcelona Republican Left of Catalonia 38 Not elected
2006 regional[9][10] Province of Barcelona Republican Left of Catalonia 12 Not elected
2010 regional[12][13] Province of Barcelona Republican Left of Catalonia 7 Elected
2011 local[18][19] Pineda de Mar Republican Left of Catalonia Republican Left of Catalonia—Junts per Pineda-Acord Municipal 1 Elected
2012 regional[14][15] Province of Barcelona Republican Left of Catalonia Republican Left of Catalonia–Catalonia Yes 8 Elected
2015 local[20][21] Pineda de Mar Republican Left of Catalonia Republican Left of Catalonia—Junts per Pineda-Acord Municipal 1 Elected
2015 regional[16][17] Province of Barcelona Republican Left of Catalonia Junts pel Sí 21 Elected

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tort, Àlex (21 May 2021). "Pere Aragonès, investido como 132 presidente de la Generalitat". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Pere Aragonès és nomenat secretari d'Economia i Lluís Salvadó, secretari d'Hisenda". La Vanguardia (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain. Catalan News Agency. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Lluís Salvadó i Pere Aragonès, els homes forts de Junqueras a Economia". Nació Digital (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Perfil: Pere Aragonès, l'alter ego de Junqueras al Govern". La Vanguardia (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain. Catalan News Agency. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  5. ^ Baquero, Camilo S. (28 April 2018). "L'alumne aplicat de Junqueras". El País (in Catalan). Mardid, Spain. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Pere Aragonès, de 'número dos' de Economía a conseller y vicepresidente". El Mundo (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain. Europa Press. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Administració de Justícia: Juntes Electorals". Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya (in Catalan). No. 3988. Barcelona, Spain: Generalitat de Catalunya. 15 October 2003. p. 19858. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
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  13. ^ a b "Eleccions al Parlament de Catalunya 2010: Candidats electes" (PDF) (in Catalan). Departament de Governació, Administracions Públiques i Habitatge, Generalitat de Catalunya. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Administració Electoral - Juntes Electorals Provincials". Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain: Generalitat de Catalunya (6239): 51639. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Eleccions al Parlament de Catalunya 2012: Candidats electes" (PDF) (in Catalan). Departament de Governació, Administracions Públiques i Habitatge, Generalitat de Catalunya. p. 2. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Anuncis Diversos: Administració Electoral - Juntes Electorals Provincials". Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain: Generalitat de Catalunya (6947): 10. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Eleccions al Parlament de Catalunya 2015: Candidats electes" (PDF) (in Catalan). Departament de Governació, Administracions Públiques i Habitatge, Generalitat de Catalunya. p. 1. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Administració Electoral: Junta Electoral de Zona de Arenys de Mar". Butlletí Oficial de la Província de Barcelona (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain: Diputació de Barcelona. 26 April 2011. p. 30. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Consulta de Resultados Electorales: Municipales / Mayo 2011 - Mun. Pineda de Mar" (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain: Ministry of the Interior. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Administració Electoral: Junta Electoral de Zona de Arenys de Mar". Butlletí Oficial de la Província de Barcelona (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain: Diputació de Barcelona. 28 April 2015. p. 23. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Consulta de Resultados Electorales: Municipales / Mayo 2015 - Mun. Pineda de Mar" (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain: Ministry of the Interior. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  22. ^ "Pere Aragonès renuncia a l'acta de regidor a l'Ajuntament de Pineda per centrar-se "en les noves responabilitats a ERC"". VilaWeb. Catalan. Catalan News Agency. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Torra nominates new government including jailed and exiled officials". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Torra nombra en su Govern a Aragonès, Artadi, Turull, Rull, Comín, Puig y Maragall". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
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  26. ^ "Catalan government takes office in emotional event, lifting direct rule". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  27. ^ Villalonga, Carles (2 June 2018). "El nuevo Govern de Torra toma posesión en un acto reivindicativo y escenifica el fin del 155". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  28. ^ "Los consellers toman posesión y prometen "lealtad" a Quim Torra". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Europa Press. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  29. ^ "El vicepresidente Pere Aragonès da positivo en la prueba del coronavirus". Europa Press (in Spanish). 15 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  30. ^ García, Reyes Rincón, Jesús (28 September 2020). "El Tribunal Supremo confirma la inhabilitación de Quim Torra". EL PAÍS (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  31. ^ Altimira, Arturo Puente, Oriol Solé (21 May 2021). "Pere Aragonès, investido al tercer intento gracias a la mayoría independentista del Parlament". ElDiario.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  32. ^ Faus, Joan (21 June 2021). "In "spirit of dialogue", Spain to pardon jailed Catalan separatists". Reuters. Retrieved 21 June 2021.

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