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Rosa María Díez González (born 27 May 1952) is a Spanish politician from Union, Progress and Democracy, UPyD deputy in the Congress of Deputies from 2008 to 2016.

Rosa Díez
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Spokesperson of Union, Progress and Democracy
Parliamentary Group in the Congress of Deputies
In office
15 December 2011 – 13 January 2016
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
1 April 2008 – 13 January 2016
Spokesperson of Union, Progress and Democracy
In office
26 September 2007 – 11 July 2015
Succeeded byAndrés Herzog
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 1999 – 28 August 2007
President of the Spanish Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament
In office
20 July 1999 – 19 July 2004
Preceded byManuel Medina Ortega
Succeeded byEnrique Barón Crespo
Member of Basque Parliament
In office
8 January 1987 – 6 July 1999
Minister for Commerce, Consumption and Tourism of the Basque Government
In office
4 October 1991 – 1 July 1998
PresidentJosé Antonio Ardanza
Preceded byJon Imanol Azúa
(Industry and Commerce)
Joseba Arregi Aranburu
(Culture and Tourism)
Succeeded byBelén Greaves Badillo
Councillor for the Municipality of Güeñes
In office
20 June 1987 – 15 June 1991
Member of the General Assemblies of Biscay
In office
24 May 1983 – 15 April 1987
Member of the Foral Diputation of Biscay
In office
3 May 1979 – 10 March 1983
Personal details
Rosa María Díez González

(1952-05-27) 27 May 1952 (age 67)
Sodupe (Güeñes), Biscay,
Basque Country,  Spain
Political partyUPyD (since 2007)
PSOE (1977-2007)
Other political
UGT (1976-2007)
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.

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 was the UPyD spokesperson on five committees, she was only paid for one of them.[1]

On 24 May 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.


  1. ^ "Sueldos Públicos. Transparencia y Libertad". Archived from the original on 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2014-04-17.

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