Enrique Barón Crespo graduated in Law from the University of Madrid and continued his studies at ESSEC International Business School in Paris. As a practicing lawyer, Barón Crespo specialised in labour law and practiced as a human rights lawyer between 1970 and 1974. He is a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party and sits with the Party of European Socialists Group in the European Parliament. He was a Deputy in the Cortes (1977-1987), representing the Madrid region and was Minister of Transport, Tourism and Communications (1982-1985). After election to the European Parliament he then became President of the European Parliament (1989-1992), Chairman of the Group of the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament (1999-2004) and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (1992-1995) amongst other roles. He currently serves as President of the European Foundation for Information Society and Chairman of the Board of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.