José Antonio Aguiriano Forniés
Person - Aguiriano Forniés, José Antonio (1932-1996)

Aguiriano Forniés, José Antonio (1932-1996)




Preferred form:

Aguiriano Forniés, José Antonio (1932-1996)

Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava, España)  1932 - Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava, España)  1996


Spanish politician and deputy. He graduated in Law from the University of Zaragoza. Aguiriano also studied Political and Economic Sciences in Paris (France), London (England) and Brussels (Belgium). His father was Fermín Aguiriano, member of Izquierda Republicana (Republican Left-Wing) during the Spanish Second Republic.

Antonio Amaz Maíz, Aguiriano's close friend, cooperated with him since Aguiriano joined clandestinely Juventudes Socialistas del País Vasco (Socialist Youths of the Basque Country) in 1951. In 1958, while he was in Brussels giving a CIOSL (International Confederation of Free Trade Unions) training course as a UGT representative, Amat had been arrested. Then, Aguiriano stayed in Brussels working at CIOSL on behalf of UGT until 1973. During this period of time, he represented the PSOE and UGT divisions as a delegate in the VIII PSOE Congress (1961) and the IX UGT Congress in exile (1971). He also represented CIOSL in Geneva (Switzerland) from 1973, and in a permanent way between 1973 and 1977, he did it in the United Nations. Between 1974 and 1978, Aguriano was the secretary of the Workers' Representatives to the International Labour Conference and the Workers' group of the OIT's (ILO in Spanish) Government Body. Furthermore, he took part in the socialist reorganization of the city of Álava in 1975. On April 1976, he represented the Montluçon (Allier) division in the XXX UGT Congress in Madrid. Aguiriano had been elected representative of PSOE for Álava in the very first democratic general elections on June 1977 and on the March 1979 elections as well, quitting his position to stand for the regional elections in the Basque Country. Between February 1978 and April 1980, he was also the Minister of Justice at the pre-autonomous body Basque General Council, headed by Ramón Rubial. In 1980, Aguiriano was elected Member of the Basque Parliament, being the second vice-president in 1980 and 1981. Moreover, he was elected deputy member on behalf of CIOSL and the Organization of African Trade Union Unity workers on January 1978, when Spain became again a full member of the OIT Council of Management. Two years after that, and until June 1981, he became a member of the OIT Committee on Freedom of Association. Aguiriano resigned from public offices on September 1981, when he came back to Geneva in order to manage the OIT Bureau for Workers' Activities. Finally, he came back to Spain on April 1991, being appointed the Central Government representative in the Basque Country.

Aguiriano died in Vitoria on 14th May 1996.

Cortes Constituyentes, 1977-1979

Date of the event: 1977-07-13 - 1979-01-02





(Function) He/She carries out/ perform:

Legislators between 1977 and 1979


Lugar de Nacimiento:

Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava, España) in 1932

Lugar de Defunción:

Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava, España) in 1996




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Partido Socialista Obrero Español  ( It has as a member )

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