Joaquín Almunia was born in Bilbao (Spain), 17 Juin 1948 and is married to Milagros CANDELA, with whom he has two children. He holds Degrees in Law and Economics, University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain) and completed post-graduate studies at École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris, 1970-1971) and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1991).
He is Associate Professor of Labor Law and Social Security at the University of Alcalá (Madrid); Director of a program on “Redistribution and Equality” at the Fundación Argentaria; and founder and Director of the progressive think-tank “Laboratorio de Alternativas”.
Joaquín Almunia was the leader of the PSOE (1997-2000) and also its parliamentary leader (1994-1997).
From December 1982 until March 1991 he was a member of the Spanish Government as minister of Labour and Social Security and minister for Public Administration.
From April 2004 until October 2014 Joaquín Almunia was a member of the European Commission, first responsable for Economic and Monetary affairs and from February 2010 as Vice-President and Commissioner in charge of Competition Policy.
Joaquín Almunia is a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics and Honorary President of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.