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Minister of Education, Culture and Sport and Government Spokesperson

Íñigo Méndez de Vigo y Montojo

Pool Moncloa/Diego Crespo

Born on 21 January 1956, in Tetuan

Studies

  • Bachelor's Degree in Laws and Legal Adviser to Parliament.
  • Legal Adviser to Parliament through competitive entry exam (1981), currently inactive.
  • English at British Institute School.
  • French at Academie Française.
  • German at Deutsche Schule Madrid.

Professional experience

  • Legal Adviser to Parliament (1981).
  • Constitutional Law lecturer at the Law Faculty of Universidad Complutense (1981-1984).
  • Special councillor to the General Secretariat of the Council of European  (1984-1989).
  • Visiting lecturer at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg (1986-1989).
  • Member of Madrid Law Association (1989-1998).
  • European Community Law lecturer at CEU San Pablo de Madrid (1989-1991).
  • Member of the European Parliament (1992-2011).
  • Head of the European Parliament delegation at the convention tasked with drafting the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, Vice-President and speaker at the convention (1999-2000).
  • Head of the European Parliamentary delegation at the constitutional convention on the future of the Union.
  • Holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on European Institutions at the Law Faculty of Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1999-2003).
  • Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Institute of European Studies of Universidad San Pablo CEU (2003).
  • Jean Monnet Professor ad honorem (2004).
  • President of the College of Europe (since 2009).
  • State Secretary for the European Union (2011-2015).
  • Minister for Education, Culture and Sport since 26 June 2015.
  • Minister for Education, Culture and Sport and Government Spokesperson since 4 November 2016.