Juan Fernando López Aguilar

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Juan Fernando López Aguilar
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
Minister of Justice
In office
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
In office
Member of the Parliament of the Canary Islands
In office
Personal details
Juan Fernando López Aguilar

(1961-06-10) 10 June 1961 (age 62)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party
OccupationPolitician, jurist, professor, caricaturist

Juan Fernando López Aguilar (born 10 June 1961) is a Spanish jurist and politician of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) who has been serving as a member of the European Parliament since 2009. He served as Minister of Justice in the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. He also represented Las Palmas in the Congress of Deputies between 1996 and 2007 and between 2008 and 2009.

Early life and education[edit]

López Aguilar was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Bologna, Italy, and for a long time he has been a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He also holds a master's degree in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He funded his studies largely by working as a newspaper caricaturist and comic-book illustrator.[1]

Political career[edit]

Member of the Spanish Parliament, 1996–2007[edit]

As a member of the Spanish parliament, López Aguilar served as his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on home affairs.[2]

Candidate for President of the Canary Islands, 2006–2007[edit]

In November 2006, López Aguilar was chosen as the socialist candidate for the Presidency of the Canary Islands Government.[3]

He won the 2007 elections, but his majority was insufficient to defeat opposition manoeuvring that prevented him becoming leader of the regional government. Instead, he was later nominated to head the PSOE list in the 2009 European elections.[4]

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present[edit]

López Aguilar has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2009 European elections. He has since been a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, which he chaired during first term until 2014[5] and since 2019.[6] In this capacity, he served as the parliament's rapporteur on fundamental rights in Poland (2020)[7] and on COVID-19 certificates (2021).[8]

In addition, López Aguilar served on the Special Committee on Organized Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (2012-2013) and the Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (2016-2017) that investigated the Panama Papers revelations and tax avoidance schemes more broadly.[citation needed]

Since 2014, López Aguilar also has been serving as vice-chairman of the parliament’s delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. He has taken part in monitoring missions for the Ukrainian parliamentary elections in 2012, led by Paweł Kowal,[9] and the Tajikistani parliamentary elections 2010.

López Aguilar is a member of the Spinelli Group,[10] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime).[11]

Other activities[edit]


  1. ^ Peter O’Donnell (25 September 2013), Juan Fernando López Aguilar – Justice aficionado European Voice.
  2. ^ Peter O’Donnell (September 25, 2013), Juan Fernando López Aguilar – Justice aficionado European Voice.
  3. ^ "Candidato de Canarias, Juan Fernando López Aguilar". PSOE (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  4. ^ Peter O’Donnell (25 September 2013), Juan Fernando López Aguilar – Justice aficionado European Voice.
  5. ^ "Your MEPs : Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR". European Parliament. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Parliament's committees elect chairs and vice-chairs". European Parliament. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  7. ^ Vanessa Gera (14 September 2020), Poland criticized in EU Parliament over courts, LGBT rights Associated Press.
  8. ^ EU members agree on Covid-19 passes for summer travel France 24, 21 May 2021.
  9. ^ Pole to head election mission in Ukraine European Voice, 27 September 2012.
  10. ^ Board & Members Spinelli Group.
  11. ^ Members of the European Parliament on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime) European Parliament. Accessed 13 January 2023.