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Secretary-General: Luis Planas Puchades

As Secretary-General of the European Economic and Social Committee, I lead a team of officials whose job it is to put into practice the decisions taken by the Assembly, the Bureau and the president.

As head of the staff, I also manage day-to-day affairs relating to the administration, the budget, communication and the Committee's relations with other institutions.

Click here for more information my team and the work of the EESC.

About me

I was born and brought up in Valencia, Spain. After graduating from law school, I practiced as a lawyer before passing a competition to become a social security and labour inspector.

My European career started just before Spain joined the EU. During those years, I held a variety of positions that gave me a broad insight into the way the European institutions work. In 1982 I joined the European Commission as part of a pre-accession training programme. Having won a seat in the Spanish Congress, I became spokesperson on European affairs. As a congressman I also had the honour of acting as rapporteur for the ratification of the accession treaty of Spain to the Union. From 1986 to 1993 I was a member of the European Parliament, where I sat on the Foreign and Institutional Affairs Committees.

After a few years working with the Regional Government of Andalucía and a member of the EU Committee of Regions, I returned to Brussels to head up the private offices first of European Commission Vice President Marin and then of Commissioner Solbes.

In 2004 I was appointed Spanish ambassador to Morocco, and in 2010 Spanish ambassador and permanent representative to the European Union. In 2012 I was appointed Regional Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment in Andalucía.

On 20 January 2014, the Bureau elected me EESC Secretary-General.

Luis Planas Puchades, EESC Secretary-General

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