Monday, March 20

Pedro Solbes, former vice president of the Government with Zapatero, dies

Pedro Solbes Mira has passed away this Saturday at the age of 80, as he has advanced The country and has subsequently confirmed the PSOE. Considered one of the architects of the euro and a politician committed to public management, he became Vice President of the Government with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Among many other positions, he was Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Union.

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In a statement, Ferraz regretted the death: “The socialist family wants to convey its love and appreciation to his family and loved ones. As well as remembering his exemplary career at the service of Spain and its institutions. Thanks, mate Peter. For your work, for your commitment and your dedication to public service to Spain and Europe. Thank you for having contributed to improving the lives of everyone. Goodbye, Pedro, and thank you”.

Born in Pinoso (Alicante) in 1942, he received a doctorate in Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid, after studying his Baccalaureate in Alicante. In 1968 he obtained a position as Commercial Technician and State Economist.

In his long political career, he was Minister of Economy with Felipe González, between 1993 and 1996, and later with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, between 2004 and 2009. In addition, he held the portfolio of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food between 1991 and 1993 and, after During his time in the González governments, in July 1999 he was appointed head of the portfolio of Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Commission, chaired by the Italian Romano Prodi.

At that stage, he became one of the architects of the introduction of the euro in January 2001 and one of the main defenders of compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact, given the breaches by France and Germany.

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