Miguel Arias Cañete – Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Miguel Arias Cañete is the current Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment in the Spanish Government. He has served in the role since December 2011, although he held the same position during the second Aznar Government of 2000-2004.
Born on 24th February 1959 in Madrid, Arias Cañete studied Law and went on to become a Government Lawyer from 1974-78, after which he became a lecturer in Law.
In 1982 he left his teaching post to begin a political career, initially with Alianza Popular. He was first elected to the Andalusian Parliament that year and served until 1986. In the same period he was a member of the Spanish Senate.
From 1986-1999 Arias Cañete served as a Member of the European Parliament, during which time he became Chairman of the Agriculture and Regional Committees.
In 2000, Prime Minister Aznar invited him to join his Cabinet at Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, a role he held until the PP were voted out of office in 2004.
At the 2004 General Election Arias Cañete was elected to the Congress of Deputies as a representative of the PP for Cadiz. He was returned to the Congress in 2008, this time as a representative Madrid and yet again in 2011.
On 22nd December 2011 Arias Cañete was appointed to his old role as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment by the new Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.