Economic and Financial Affairs

Felipe González

Felipe González

Felipe González has been Chairman of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe 2020-2030 Time Horizon since December 2007.

Mr. González was Spain's Prime Minister from 1982 to 1996 with three successive mandates in absolute majority. During this period, he was one of the architects of Spain's accession to the European Community in 1986.

Secretary-General of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) from 1974 to 1997, he was also a Member of Parliament from 1977 to 2004, and Vice-President of the Socialist International (SI) from 1978 to 1999, where he chaired the Global Progress Commission for the renewal of the SI.

From 1996 to 1998, Mr. González was EU Representative of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 1997 he was appointed as Senior Ambassador with Ministerial Rank for the 200th Jubilee of the Independence of the Latin American Republics. Since 1997 he also chairs the Madrid-based Global Progress Foundation.

Mr. González was awarded the Charlemagne Prize for Services to the European Unity in 1993, and the Carlos V Prize of the European Academy of Yuste in 2000. He also received the Collar of the Order of Isabel la Católica in 1996 and the Great Golden Cross of Merit of the Republic of Austria in 1997.

Mr. González holds a master's degree in Labour Law from Seville University and is Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Toulouse (1998) and the University of Tel-Aviv (2005).