Pere Aragonès i Garcia

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July 6, 2022

Pere Aragonès i Garcia (Pineda de Mar, Maresme, 16 November 1982) is a Catalan politician, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya since 24 May 2021. He was Vice President of the Generalitat de Catalunya and Minister of Economy and Finance since May 19, 2018. Following the disqualification of Quim Torra, on September 30, 2020, he assumed the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya. On November 20, 2020, it was confirmed that he would be the candidate for the Republican Left for the Presidency of the Generalitat in the 202 parliamentary elections. Finally, at the investiture session held on May 21, 2021, he was sworn in as President. of the Generalitat de Catalunya, elected with 74 affirmative votes and 61 negative votes.

Biography

He is the grandson of Josep Aragonès i Montsant, a hotel and textile businessman, mayor of Pineda de Mar during the Franco regime, and later, after the integration of Reforma Democràtica de Catalunya (of which he was president) into Aliança Popular de Catalunya, also during the democratic period. His father, Pere Aragonès Poch, was an independent councilor on the Pineda de Mar Convergence list between 1991 and 1995. He is the maternal grandson of Antonio and Juana, who came from Palomares, a district of Cuevas. del Almanzora, in Almeria, looking for a better future for his daughters. Pere Aragonès studied primary at the charter school of the Virgen del Roser in Pineda de Mar and secondary at the private Montessori-Palau Institute. He was linked to the local theater group until the age of fourteen. He later graduated in Law from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and did a Master's degree in Economic History from the University of Barcelona, ​​expanding his studies in public policy for economic development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is currently (2021) doing the PhD program in Economic History at the University of Barcelona, ​​working on a thesis on the economic policy of the Mancomunitat de Catalunya. He has worked in a law firm specializing in legal advice to companies and public administrations, has collaborated as a researcher with the Ignasi Villalonga Institute of Economics and Business, and as a lecturer at the University of Perpignan. In June 2017 he married Janina Juli and in March 2019 his daughter Claudia was born.

JERC and Member of Parliament

Pere Aragonès claims to have begun to become politically aware as a result of the events of Operation Garzón. He joined the Joventuts d'Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (JERC) in 1998, and the ERC in 2000. Between 1999 and 2007 he was part of the national leadership of the JERC. In 2003 he was elected national spokesman for the JERC, a responsibility for which he would be re-elected in 2005. In 2003 he would become a member of the national ERC executive in 2003, where he would hold various responsibilities until 2010. In 2006 he was elected member of the Parliament of Catalonia on the ERC lists, representing the JERC. He was number 12 on the lists for Barcelona, ​​and Esquerra won 11 deputies in that constituency, but when Josep Huguet was appointed councilor, Aragonès entered as a deputy. In 2007 he did not run again for re-election as national spokesman for the JERC and passed the baton to Gerard Coca i Toledano. During the crisis of the Left Congress in 2008, between Carod-Rovira and Joan Puigcercós, Aragonès supported Puigcercós. In the 2010 parliamentary elections he was re-elected as well as in the 2012 elections. to be the speaker, among others, of the Law for the Right to Housing, the Law of Mediation in the Field of Private Law, the Law of Youth Policies, the Proposal of law of tax equity for a solidary exit of the crisis, the Mortgage Measures Bill, the