Born in Madrid in 1944, Enrique Barón Crespo is a lawyer and an economist with a Law PHD by the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). He is professor of that university and of ICADE, a private university.
After working as a Human Rights lawyer during the dictatorship years in Spain, he became active in politics as a Constituent Congressman in Spain (1977-87), as a Minister of the Spanish Government who concluded de negotiations of the incorporation of Spain to the European Union, as a member of the European Parliament, as President of the European Parliament and of the Commissions of Foreign Affairs, of International Trade. He was president of the Socialist Group from 1999 to 2004.
He has ample experience in social and cultural organisations as well. Currently, as president of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. He is also author of several essays, articles, publications and books on political social and economic issues, many of them related to the European Union.