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Jose Maria Gil Robles


Jose Maria Gil-Robles is the co-founder of the association, attorney at the Madrid Bar and former President of the European Parliament.

Professional Activities

  • 1958: Member of the Spanish Parliament
  • 1959-1964: Professor of Political Law at the Complutense University
  • 1959-1997, 1999 to date : Lawyer at the Madrid Bar
  • 1974 to date : Publication of various legal papers related to European construction
  • 2004 : CHAIR " JEAN MONNET " at the Complutense University
  • 2006 : Director of the Centre of Excellence "TRUYOL SERRA" of the University.

European Parliament

  • 1989-2004 : Member of the European Parliament
  • 1990: Member of the Leadership of the European People's Party
  • 1990-1992: Vice-President of the Group of the European People's Party
  • 1993-1994: President of the Committee on Institutional Affairs of the Parliament
  • 1994-1997: Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • January 1997-July 1999: President of the European Parliament
  • Since July 1999: Member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market
  • January 2002 to July 2004: President of the EU-Bulgaria Joint Parliamentary Committee
  • May 2006: President of the European Parliament Former Members Association.


  • SCHUMAN Medal of the EPP Group in the European Parliament
  • Cross of Agricultural Merit
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
  • Grand Cross of Civil Merit
  • Grand Cross of Francisco Morazan of the Central American Parliament
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Chile
  • Grand Cross of the Liberator Order San Martin of Argentina
  • Legion of Honour (France)
  • Gold Medal of the European Parliament.


  • Doctor Honoris Causa of the Moscow Institute of International Relations
  • Honorary Member of the Catholic University of Chile
  • Doctor Honoris Causa of Sofia University (Bulgaria)