Julián García Vargas

Julián García Vargas
Julián García Vargas in 1986
Minister of Defense
In office
13 March 1991 – 28 June 1995
Prime MinisterFelipe González
Preceded byNarcís Serra
Succeeded byGustavo Suárez Pertierra
Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs
In office
26 July 1986 – 13 March 1991
Prime MinisterFelipe González
Preceded byErnest Lluch
Succeeded byJulián García Valverde
Personal details
Born1945 (age 77–78)
Madrid, Spain
Political partySocialist Workers' Party
Alma materUniversidad Complutense de Madrid

Julián García Vargas (born 1945) is a Spanish economist and socialist politician who served in different cabinets of Spain.

Early life and education

Garcia was born in Madrid in 1945. He received a degree in economic sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1968.

Career and activities

Garcia is an economist and healthcare expert by profession. He is a member of the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). He began his career in private sector and then joined public sector where he worked until 1986.

He was appointed health minister on 26 July 1986 in the cabinet led by the Prime Minister Felipe Gonzales and was in office until March 1991. As of 2012 he was considered to be one of the three Spanish health ministers who significantly improved health-care system of the country. He was appointed defense minister on 12 March 1991 in a cabinet reshuffle. He retained his post in the July 1993 reshuffle. However, Garcia resigned from office on 2 July 1995 due to press reports revealing that the military secret services (CESED) had been spying on individuals and public figures. Gustavo Suarez Pertierra succeeded Garcia as defense minister in a cabinet reshuffle.

After leaving office Garcia served as the special envoy of the European Union in Mostar, Bosnia, from November 1995 to April 1996 for the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement. He was the president of the Spanish Association of Defense Technology, Aeronautics and Space Administration (TEDAE) until his resignation in June 2013. He is the president of the Spanish Atlantic Association. He has been board member of several companies.

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