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Partido Popular

Parlement européen
60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Bruxelles / Brussel

+32 (0)2 28 45634


Parlement européen
Allée du Printemps
BP 1024/F
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+33 (0)3 88 1 75634


Mr. Zarzalejos was born in 1960 in Bilbao, Spain. He graduated in Law at Deusto University, Bilbao. Since 1984, he belongs to the High Corps of the Spanish State Civil Administrators.

Javier Zarzalejos engaged in politics at a very early age in the Basque Country region, where he held the position of Secretary General of the Popular Coalition [Coalición Popular], which integrated the political parties that would then become the PP [Spanish Popular Party].

He has broad experiences in the public administration sector where, as a top civil servant, he held several positions: Assistant Secretary of the Spanish-North American Council (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), General Deputy Director of Information (Ministry of the Spokesperson) and Information Advisor (Embassy of Spain to the United Kingdom), among others.

In 1996, he was appointed as Secretary General of the Prime Minister’s Office by Jose Mª Aznar, where he stayed until the end of Mr. Aznar’s office in 2004. 

He has published various pieces of work on terrorism, the territorial organisation of the state and nationalism. He collaborates with the journal El Correo, a newspaper from Bilbao that belongs to the Vocento Group, where he regularly publishes opinion pieces and political analysis articles.

In January 2012, he was appointed as Secretary General at the Foundation for Social Analysis and Studies (FAES), ranked as one of the most influential political think tanks in Spain, where he previously held the position of Director of the Constitution and Institutions Unit. Since January 2017, he is the Director of FAES, after it ceased to be legally linked to the PP. Mr. Zarzalejos is also the editor of the in-house publication “Cuadernos de Pensamiento Político”.

Since July 2019, he is a Member of the European Parliament in the European People´s Party Group, the largest political group in the European Parliament with 182 Members from 26 countries.

He has published the book “No hay ala Oeste en la Moncloa”, [There is not West Wing in the Moncloa] and is co-author and coordinator of the book “Geografía del populismo”, [Geography of Populism], published by Tecnos.

He is married and has three children.

My Positions in Parliament :

  • Member - Intergroup on the Social Economy
  • Member - Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SEARICA)
  • Member - Intergroup on European Cultural Heritage, Ways of Saint James and other European Cultural Routes
  • Member - Intergroup on Children’s Rights
  • Member - Intergroup on Artificial Intelligence and Digital
  • Member - Intergroup on Anti-Corruption
  • Member - Partido Popular
  • Member - Canada
  • Member - Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
  • Member - Legal Affairs
  • Member - European Parliament
  • Substitute - Eurolat
  • Substitute - India
  • Substitute - Foreign Affairs

My Positions in the Group :

  • Member - Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)

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