Josep Bargalló

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The Honourable
Josep Bargalló
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Official portrait
3rd First Minister of the Generalitat de Catalunya
In office
February 20, 2004 – May 11, 2006
President Pasqual Maragall
Preceded by Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
Succeeded by Post abolished
Minister of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya
In office
December 20, 2003 – February 20, 2004
President Pasqual Maragall
First Minister Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
Preceded by Carme Laura Gil
Succeeded by Marta Cid
Personal details
Born (1958-10-03) October 3, 1958 (age 59)
Torredembarra, Tarragona
Political party Republican Left of Catalonia
Spouse(s) Montserrat Palau
Occupation Politician and Philologist

Josep Bargalló i Valls (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛb bərɣəˈʎo]) (born 3 October 1958 in Torredembarra, Tarragonès) is a Catalan philologist. He is currently the manager of both the cultural institutions Ramon Llull Foundation and Ramon Llull Institute. Formerly, he pursued a political career as a member of Republican Left of Catalonia.[1]

Life overview[edit]

He graduated in Catalan Philology at the UB in Tarragona. He is a member of the Societat Catalana de Llengua i Literatura (Catalan Language and Literature Society), which forms part of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (Institute of Catalan Studies). He has worked in public-sector teaching, being professor of secondary education since 1981. He also was head teacher of Pons d’Icart Secondary School in Tarragona for two years (1985 to 1987), and has taught a number of postgraduate courses. He also has worked in publishing, roling as literary director for several collections and publishing houses.[2]

Along with this activities, he also has published numerous essays and studies on literary criticism, history and theory, and various studies on history and folk culture, with particular attention to festivities and the world of castells, or human towers. He wrote Handbook of Catalan Metrics and Versification in 1991, he has written commentaries on literary texts, and has worked as a critic for newspapers and specialist journals. He has also been involved in script-writing for cinema and video, and has produced drama.

Civic background[edit]

Member of the Nois de la Torre group of castellers, Torredembarra Devil Dance Group, and the Virgília dragon porters group in Torredembarra. He has belonged to the Unió Sindical de Treballadors de l'Ensenyament de Catalunya (USTEC-STES, Union of Education Workers of Catalonia) since 1980.

Political background[edit]

Founder member of the Assemblea de Catalunya (Assembly of Catalonia) in Torredembarra, he represented the town at the Assembly’s national plenary sessions. He was a member of the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSUC), the Socialist National Liberation Party (PSAN) and Left Nationalists (NE). He has been a member of Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) since 1995.

Institutional background[edit]

Member of the Catalan Parliament for ERC from 1992 to 2003. In the last legislature he was assistant spokesperson for the ERC parliamentary group. Councillor in Torredembarra Town Council for ERC (1995-2003). From 1999 to 2003 he was Deputy Mayor.[2]

For the second half of 2003, he was Vice-President of Tarragonès County Council. Minister of Education in the Catalan Government from December 17, 2003 to February 20, 2004, when he was appointed First Minister and Minister for the Presidency On May 11, 2006, Pasqual Maragall, ejected the ERC Ministers, and he finished the office. Since December 13, 2006 he is the President of the Ramon Llull Institute.[2]


  1. ^ "Josep Bargalló". (in Catalan). Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Universitat de Barcelona - Distinguished alumni". 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
Preceded by
Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
First Minister of Catalonia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Carme Laura Gil
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Marta Cid