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Josep Borrell
Josep Borrell

Josep Borrell Fontelles (born April 24, 1947) is a Spanish politician. He has been President of the European Parliament since July 20, 2004. Elected for the PSC, party federated with the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party) (PSOE), he sits with the Party of European Socialists group, and is the leader of the Spanish delegation. Image File history File links Josep Borrell File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... 1947 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The President of the European Parliament oversees all the activities of the European Parliament and its constituent bodies. ... A Member of the European Parliament (English abbreviation MEP) is a member of the European Unions directly-elected legislative body, the European Parliament. ... July 20 is the 201st day (202nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 164 days remaining. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: Stub | Catalan political parties ... The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español or PSOE) is one of the main parties of Spain. ... Logo of the Party of European Socialists The Party of European Socialists (PES) (French: Parti socialiste européen (PSE); German: Sozialdemokratische Partei Europas (SPE); Spanish: Partido socialista europeo (PSE); Italian: Partito socialista europeo (PSE)) is a European political party whose members are the social democratic, socialist and labour parties of...


In the presidential vote, out of 700 MEPs he received an absolute majority with 388 votes at the first ballot. The other two candidates were the Polish Liberal Bronislaw Geremek (208 votes) and the French communist Francis Wurtz (51 votes). As part of a deal with the conservative faction in the parliament, the EPP, he will be succeeded as president of the parliament by the German conservative politician Hans-Gert Pöttering in the second part of this term, which is in 2007. Professor Bronisław Geremek (born March 6, 1932 in Warsaw, Poland) is a distinguished Polish social historian and politician. ... Francis Wurtz is a French Member of the European Parliament. ... EPP-ED logo The European Peoples Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats is a group in the European Parliament. ... Prof. ... 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Background

He was born and grew up in the village of La Pobla de Segur where his father owned a small bakery. His very basic education was supplemented by reading, but was able to complete his secondary in Lleida. He went to Barcelona to study industrial accounting, but left after a year in 1965 to go and study aeronautical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, graduating in 1969. During this time he also began to study economic sciences at the Complutense University. In the summer of 1969 he stayed on a kibbutz in Israel, where he met his future French wife Carolina Mayeur, from whom he is now divorced. In 1975 he worked in Madrid as an engineer for the state petroleum company, joining PSOE in the same year even though it was an illegal party until February 1977. Before his election to the European Parliament. In 1979 he became a member of the Madrid Parliament until 1982 when the new PSOE government of Felipe González appointed to a post within the Ministry of Economy with responsibility for fiscal policy. La Seu Vella, the Romanesque-Gothic old Cathedral of Lleida La Seu Vella Lleida (Catalan: Lleida, Spanish: Lérida) is a city in the west of Catalonia, Spain. ... Barcelona within Barcelonès Population (2003) 1,582,738 Area 1004 Km2 Population density (2001) 15,764/Km2 Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, an autonomous community in northeastern Spain, and Spains second-largest city (after Madrid). ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... The Complutense University of Madrid, in Spanish Universidad Complutense de Madrid, is an important Spanish university, located in Madrid. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Kibbutz Dan, near Qiryat Shemona, in the Upper Galilee, 1990s A kibbutz (Hebrew: קיבוץ; plural: kibbutzim: קיבוצים, gathering or together) is an Israeli collective community. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... The European Parliament is the parliamentary body of the European Union (EU), directly elected by EU citizens once every five years. ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Felipe González Márquez born March 5, 1942 in Seville became General Secretary of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) from 1974 to 1997 and Prime Minister of the Spanish government from 1982 to 1996. ...


External links

  • Official biography
  • Cidob biography in Spanish


Preceded by:
Pat Cox
President of the European Parliament
2004–
Succeeded by:
incumbent


Pat Cox during a discussion at the 2004 Karlspreis ceremonies Pat Cox (born 28 November 1952) is an Irish politician and former television current affairs presenter. ... The President of the European Parliament oversees all the activities of the European Parliament and its constituent bodies. ...


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Josep Borrell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (546 words)
Josep Borrell Fontelles (born April 24, 1947) is a Spanish politician.
On September 28, 2006, Josep Borrell argued that there are Nordic countries in the European Union which have not experienced the rigours of war, demonstrating a lack of knowledge in history.
Borrell was trying to defend the decision by the European Parliament to acquire their premises in Strasbourg, and pointed out that much of the opposition came from people in countries which supposedly had not experienced war.
JOSEP BORRELL (250 words)
Josep (Catalan version of José) was born in La Pobla de Segur (Lleida), in 1947.
In 1999 Borrell was elected Chairman of the Mixed Commission of Congress-Senate for the European Union, and in 2000 he was re-elected to occupy the same post.
Josep Borrell is the official candidate for the PSOE Party in the European elections 2004.
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