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Pere Aragonès

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Pere Aragonès
Pere Aragonès retrat oficial 2018.jpg
Aragonès in June 2018
Vice President of Catalonia
Assumed office
2 June 2018
PresidentQuim Torra
Preceded byOriol Junqueras
(Direct rule from 27 October 2017)
Minister of Economy and Finance
Assumed office
2 June 2018
PresidentQuim Torra
Preceded byOriol Junqueras
(Direct rule from 27 October 2017)
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 Aragonès i Garcia

(1982-11-16) 16 November 1982 (age 37)
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

Pere Aragonès i Garcia (born 16 November 1982) is a Spanish lawyer and politician from Catalonia. He is the current Vice President and Minister of Economy and Finance of Catalonia.

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 life

Aragonès was born on 16 November 1982 in Pineda de Mar, Catalonia, Spain.[1][2] 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).[1][2] He has also studied public policy and economic development at the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.[2][3] He is currently studying for a Ph.D. in economic history from UB.[4]

Aragonès joined the Young Republican Left of Catalonia, the youth wing of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), in 1998 and was its national spokesperson from 2003 to 2007.[2][3] He joined ERC in 2000.[1] He has been a member of ERC's executive since 2003 and is currently number three in the party.[5] He is also a member of the Òmnium Cultural.[3]

Career

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.[1][2] He was a researcher at the Institut Ignasi Villalonga d'Economia i Empresa and an associate professor at the University of Perpignan.[2] In January 2016 he was appointed the Generalitat de Catalunya's Secretary of Economy in January 2016.[1][2]

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.[6][7] 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.[8][9] However, in December 2006, he was appointed to the Parliament of Catalonia following the resignation of Josep Huguet.[10]

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.[11][12] He was re-elected at the 2012 and 2015 regional elections.[13][14][15][16] 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 an Republican Left of Catalonia-Junts per Pineda-Acord Municipal (ERC-JP-AM) electoral alliance candidate in Pineda de Mar and was elected.[17][18] He was re-elected at the 2015 local elections.[19][20] He resigned from Pineda de Mar Municipal Council in April 2018.[21]

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.[22][23][24] He was sworn in on 2 June 2018 at the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya.[25][26][27]

On 15 March 2020 Aragonès announced on Twitter that he had contracted the COVID-19 virus during 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Spain.[28]

Electoral history

Electoral history of Pere Aragonès
Election Constituency Party Alliance No. Result
2003 regional[6][7] Province of Barcelona Republican Left of Catalonia 38 Not elected
2006 regional[8][9] Province of Barcelona Republican Left of Catalonia 12 Not elected
2010 regional[11][12] Province of Barcelona Republican Left of Catalonia 7 Elected
2011 local[17][18] Pineda de Mar Republican Left of Catalonia Republican Left of Catalonia—Junts per Pineda-Acord Municipal 1 Elected
2012 regional[13][14] Province of Barcelona Republican Left of Catalonia Republican Left of Catalonia–Catalonia Yes 8 Elected
2015 local[19][20] Pineda de Mar Republican Left of Catalonia Republican Left of Catalonia—Junts per Pineda-Acord Municipal 1 Elected
2015 regional[15][16] Province of Barcelona Republican Left of Catalonia Junts pel Sí 21 Elected

References

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Baquero, Camilo S. (28 April 2018). "L'alumne aplicat de Junqueras". El País (in Catalan). Mardid, Spain. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b "Eleccions al Parlament de Catalunya 2003: Candidats electes" (PDF) (in Catalan). Departament de Governació, Administracions Públiques i Habitatge, Generalitat de Catalunya. p. 2. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Administració de Justícia: Juntes Electorals". Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya (in Catalan). No. 4730. Barcelona, Spain: Generalitat de Catalunya. 30 September 2006. p. 40764. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Eleccions al Parlament de Catalunya 2006: Candidats electes" (PDF) (in Catalan). Departament de Governació, Administracions Públiques i Habitatge, Generalitat de Catalunya. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  10. ^ "BOPC 009/08: Tramitacions generals" (PDF). Butlletí Oficial del Parlament de Catalunya. Vol. VIII no. 9. Parliament of Catalonia. 18 December 2006. p. 14. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Administració de Justícia: Administració Electoral". Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya (in Catalan). No. 5746. Barcelona, Spain: Generalitat de Catalunya. 2 November 2010. p. 80090. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "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.
  22. ^ "Torra nominates new government including jailed and exiled officials". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  23. ^ "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.
  24. ^ Puente, Arturo (19 May 2018). "Torra nombra a los encarcelados Turull y Rull consellers de su nuevo Govern". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Catalan government takes office in emotional event, lifting direct rule". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ "Los consellers toman posesión y prometen "lealtad" a Quim Torra". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Europa Press. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  28. ^ "El vicepresidente Pere Aragonès da positivo en la prueba del coronavirus". Europa Press (in Spanish). 15 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.

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