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Pedro Solbes

Pedro Solbes Mira
Second Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
In office
18 April 2004 – 7 April 2009
Prime MinisterJosé Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Preceded byJavier Arenas
Succeeded byElena Salgado
Minister of Economy and Finance
In office
18 April 2004 – 7 April 2009
Prime MinisterJosé Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Preceded byRodrigo Rato
Succeeded byElena Salgado
In office
13 July 1993 – 5 May 1996
Prime MinisterFelipe González
Preceded byCarlos Solchaga
Succeeded byRodrigo Rato
European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs
In office
16 September 1999 – 10 April 2004
Preceded byLeon Brittan
Succeeded byJoaquín Almunia
Personal details
Pedro Solbes Mira

(1942-08-31)31 August 1942
Pinoso (Alicante), Spain
Died18 March 2023(2023-03-18) (aged 80)
Madrid, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party
SpousePilar Castro
Alma materComplutense University of Madrid

Pedro Solbes Mira (31 August 1942 – 18 March 2023) was a Spanish economist. He was the president of FRIDE, Madrid-based think tank.[1]

Life and career

Solbes was born in Pinoso on 31 August 1942.[2]

While independent in the sense of not being affiliated to any party, his various ministerial roles in Spain have always been within Socialist Workers' Party cabinets. From 1985 to 1991, he was third 3rd secretary of state for the European Communities. He was agriculture and fisheries minister (1991–1993) and finance minister (1993–1996) in Felipe González's cabinets, also MP representing Alicante for the same party until 1999.

Appointed by Spanish premier José María Aznar (of the main competing party, the People's Party) Solbes was a European commissioner for economic and monetary affairs in the European Commission presided by Romano Prodi (the Prodi Commission).[3]

Then Solbes served as second vice president and minister of economy and finance in the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, which he held from 2004 to 2009.[3][4]

Solbes died from cancer on 18 March 2023, at the age of 80.[5]

Other activities



  1. ^ "Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior - FRIDE". EuroMesco. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Who's who in the Spanish Cabinet". Spain View. Archived from the original on 29 April 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Spanish cabinet - key players". BBC. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Whose head will roll?". The Economist. Madrid. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Muere Pedro Solbes, hombre clave en la integración de España en Europa". El País. 18 March 2023. Retrieved 19 March 2023.
  6. ^ 2006 Annual Report African Development Bank (AfDB).
  7. ^ 2005 Annual Report Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  8. ^ 2005 Annual Report[permanent dead link] European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
  9. ^ 2006 Annual Report European Investment Bank (EIB).
  10. ^ "Royal Decree 776/2009, of April 24, by which the Collar of the Order of Civil Merit is awarded to Mr. Pedro Solbes Mira". BOE. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2023.
  11. ^ "Royal Decree 1159/2004, 999/1996, of May 10, by which the Grand Cross of the Royal and Distinguished Order of Charles III is granted to Mr. Pedro Solbes Mira". BOE. 11 May 1996. Retrieved 18 March 2023.
  12. ^ "Order of May 30, 1985, by which the Order of Isabella the Catholic is granted the Commander by Number to Mr. Pedro Solbes Mira, General Technical Secretary of the Ministry of Economy and Finance". BOE. 1 June 1985. Retrieved 18 March 2023.
Political offices Preceded byCarlos Romero Minister of Agriculture 1991–1993 Succeeded byVicente Albero Preceded byCarlos Solchaga Minister of Economy and Finance 1993–1996 Succeeded byRodrigo Rato Preceded byIsabel Tocino(Joint Commission for the European Communities) President of the Joint Congress-Senate Committee for the European Union 1996–1999 Succeeded byJosep Borrell Preceded byLeon Brittan European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs 1999–2004 Succeeded byJoaquín Almunia Preceded byJavier Arenas Second Deputy Prime Minister of Spain 2004–2009 Succeeded byElena Salgado Preceded byRodrigo Rato Minister of Economy and Finance 2004–2009 Succeeded byElena Salgado
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