Ernest Benach

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Ernest Benach i Pasqual
Benach in 2009
12th President of Catalan Parliament
In office
17 December 2003 – 16 December 2010
Preceded byJoan Rigol
Succeeded byNúria de Gispert
Personal details
Born (1959-11-12) 12 November 1959 (age 64)
Reus (Baix Camp)
Political partyERC
ChildrenPol Benach (boy)
Ona Benach (girl)
Mar Benach (girl)

Ernest Benach i Pasqual (Catalan pronunciation: [əɾˈnest bəˈnak]; born Reus, Baix Camp, 12 November 1959) was the President of the Catalan Parliament from 2003 to 2010.[1][2][3] He is a member of the Catalan independentist party Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC).

Education and professional background[edit]

Benach worked for the Catalan Generalitat as a sweeper after he left university. He has also co-written República catalana (Catalan Republic) and Educar en política (Teaching in politics).[4]

Civic background[edit]

Head of the La Mulassa, a Boy Scout association of Reus (1981–1986) and president (1991–1994) and cap de colla (head of group) of the Colla castellera Xiquets de Reus (an association of castellers), he is also a member of the Pedagogy section of the Reading Center of Reus.

Political background[edit]

He was member of Left Nationalists (NE) from 1979 to 1986. In 1987 he joined the ERC, where he served as general vice-secretary of institutional politics.[4]

Institutional background[edit]

He has been a deputy in the Catalan Parliament since 1992, where he served as second secretary of the board (1999–2003) and president. He was also president of the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies from October 2004 to October 2005.[1]

He was also a member of the city council of Reus, the city where he was born, from 1987 to 2001, where he held several positions.[4]


  1. ^ a b "El Bloc Gran Del Sobiranisme » Ernest Benach". (in Catalan). Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Organismes. Generalitat de Catalunya". (in Catalan). Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  3. ^ Cañizares, María Jesús (23 October 2008). "Benach usa un coche valorado en 110.000 euros y gasta otros 20.000 en "tunearlo"". (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Staff (2012). "Datos personales de Ernest Benach, toda su historia y su biografia". (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 May 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by President of the Parliament of Catalonia
2003 – 2010
Succeeded by