Ernest Benach

Ernest Benach i Pasqual
12th President of Catalan Parliament
In office
17 December 2003  16 December 2010
Preceded by Joan Rigol
Succeeded by Núria de Gispert
Personal details
Born (1959-11-12) 12 November 1959
Reus (Baix Camp)
Political party ERC
Spouse(s) Àngels
Children Pol Benach (boy)
Ona Benach (girl)
Mar Benach (girl)
Residence Reus

Ernest Benach i Pasqual (Catalan pronunciation: [ərˈnest 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

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

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

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

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. 1 2 "El Bloc Gran Del Sobiranisme » Ernest Benach". (in Catalan). Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  2. "Organismes. Generalitat de Catalunya". (in Catalan). 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. 1 2 3 Staff (2012). "Datos personales de Ernest Benach, toda su historia y su biografia". (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 May 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Joan Rigol
President of the Parliament of Catalonia
2003 2010
Succeeded by
Núria de Gispert

Politics of Catalonia
Parliament of Catalonia series
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