Opening Interview with Q&A – Day 2
Luis Planas is the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the Government of Spain. Previously, Minister Planas was Secretary General of the European Economic and Social Committee from 2014 to 2018. Prior to that, Minster Planas was appointed regional Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment in Andalucía from 2012 to 2014, Spanish Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union from 2010 to 2012, and Spanish Ambassador to Morocco from 2004 to 2010. Additionally, Minister Planas, who first practiced as a lawyer and as a social security and labour inspector, has had a long career in the European institutions. In 1982 he joined the European Commission as part of a pre-accession training program. Having won a seat in the Spanish Congress, he became spokesperson on European affairs. As a congressman he also acted as rapporteur for the ratification of the accession treaty of Spain to the Union. From 1986 to 1993 he was a member of the European Parliament, where he sat on the Foreign and Institutional Affairs committees. After a few years working with the regional government of Andalucía and as a member of the Committee of Regions of the EU, he returned to Brussels to head the private offices first of European Commission Vice President Marin and then of Commissioner Solbes. Minister Planas was born and brought up in Valencia, Spain. He has a degree in law.