Miguel Arias Cañete
Miguel Arias Cañete has been the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy since 2014.
After obtaining his degree in law in Madrid, he joined the Spanish Civil Service, working as a State Attorney from 1975 to 1982. In 1979, he became a professor of Civil Law at the University of Cadiz. He was elected as a member of the Regional Parliament of Andalusia in 1982. Mr Arias Cañete served as Member of the European Parliament between 1986 and 1999. During his time as an MEP, he headed the Committees on Agriculture and on Regional Development.
He served as Spain's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries from 2000 until 2004 and as Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment from 2011 to 2014.
Mr Arias Cañete is married and has three children.