Brussels, Belgium, 3-3-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — The EESC has appointed Luis PLANAS PUCHADES as Secretary-General He takes up duty on 1 March 2014.
Mr Planas was minister for agriculture, fisheries and the environment in the regional government of Andalucía (Spain) until September 2013.
Mr Planas is a committed European whose previous work experience has given him a thorough insight into the EU decision-making process: before becoming Spain’s permanent representative to the EU in 2010, he was head of the private office of the EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Pedro Solbes (1999-2004), and that of European Commission Vice-President Manuel Marín, whose remit covered the Mediterranean, Latin America and Asia (1996-1999). Prior to that, he served as a member of the European and Spanish parliaments.
Mr Planas holds a degree in law from the University of Valencia, Spain, and has published various works on the EU and on Spain’s EU membership.
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The European Economic and Social Committee represents the various economic and social components of organised civil society. It is an institutional consultative body established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome. Its consultative role enables its members, and hence the organisations they represent, to participate in the EU decision-making process. The Committee has 353 members from across Europe, who are appointed by the Council of the European Union.