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Minister of Public Works

Íñigo de la Serna Hernáiz


Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Cantabria, majoring in Hydraulics, Oceanography and the Environment.

Professional experience

  • Head of the Hydraulics department of the engineering company Apia XXI (1995-1999)
  • Director of the Environment Department office of the Regional Government of Cantabria (1999-2003).
  • Councillor for the Environment, Water and Beaches of the City Council of Santander (2003-2007).
  • Mayor of Santander since 2007 (re-elected in the municipal elections of 2011 and 2015)
  • Member of the regional parliament in his first term as mayor (2007-2011) and once again in the term of 2015-2019.
  • President of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (Spanish acronym: FEMP) from July 2012 to September 2015 and subsequently as First Vice-President.
  • Has been in charge of the Spanish Smart Cities Network (Spanish acronym: RECI) from its foundation in 2012 to May 2016 and President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).
  • Until his appointment as Minister for Public Works, he was Vice-President of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC), a member of the Committee of the Regions and of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), as well as an external advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank. He has also been ambassador of the Compact of Mayors and member of the Founders Council of the Global Covenant of Mayors.
  • Minister for Public Works since 4 November 2016.