Pilar del Castillo is a Member of the European Parliament from Spain. She belongs to the Partido Popular (People’s Party), which in turn is a member of the European People’s Party.
Former Minister of Education, Culture and Sport from 2000 to 2004, Dr. del Castillo was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2004.
She belongs to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), in which she served as Coordinator of the EPP group during the last term.
She is also substitute for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and member of the Delegation for relations with Brazil.
Del Castillo is the Chair of the European Internet Forum and member of the European Energy Forum and of the Transatlantic Policy Network.
She is Member of the Boards of Trustees of the Prado Museum and the Spanish Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES).
Del Castillo is Professor in Political Science and Administration. She obtained a PhD in Law from Universidad Complutense. Before, she had attended Ohio State University on a Fulbright scholarship, graduating with a Master’s degree in Political Science. She was the Executive President of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (Sociology Research Centre) from 1996 to 2000. She is the author of numerous publications and member of various national and international political science and sociology associations.