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Jacques Barrot

Assumed office 
9 May 2008
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Franco Frattini

Vice President of the European Commission for Transport
In office
22 November 2004 – 9 May 2008
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Loyola de Palacio
Succeeded by Antonio Tajani

In office
13 September 1999 – 11 November 2004
President Romano Prodi
Preceded by Michel Barnier
Succeeded by Danuta Hübner

Born 3 February 1937 (1937-02-03) (age 72)
Blason dpt fr Haute-Loire.svg Yssingeaux, France
Political party UDF(before 2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (EPP)
Profession politician

Jacques Barrot (born 3 February 1937 in Yssingeaux, Haute-Loire) is a French politician, currently serving as European Commissioner for Justice (since 2008), after 4 years as Commissioner for Transport. He is also one of five vice-presidents of the 27-member Barroso Commission. He previously held various ministerial positions in France, and is a member of the right-wing political party UMP. He was officially approved in his post by the European Parliament on 18 June 2008 with a vote of 489 to 52 with 19 abstentions.[1]

Barrot has been a European Commissioner since April 2004, serving as Commissioner for Regional Policy in the Prodi Commission before being selected as a Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport in the Barroso Commission. A convicted criminal, he was convicted in a French court of embezzlement in 2000. The case involved the diverting of £2 million of government money to his party. He received an eight month suspended prison sentence but was pardoned by Jacques Chirac. [1]

He gave a warning to British bishop Richard Williamson on the social consequences of Holocaust denial. [2]

Political career

Governmental functions

  • Secretary of State for Housing: 1974-1978
  • Minister of Trade and Handicrafts: 1978-1979
  • Minister of Health and Social Security: 1979-1981
  • Minister of Labor, Social Dialogue and Participation: May-November 1995
  • Minister of Labor and Social Affairs: 1995-1997

Electoral mandates

National Assembly

General Council

Municipal Council


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Political offices
Preceded by
Michel Barnier
French European Commissioner
2004 - present
Preceded by
Pedro Solbes
European Commissioner for Regional Policy
Succeeded by
Danuta Hübner
Preceded by
Loyola de Palacio, Neil Kinnock
Vice-President of the European Commission
(jointly held position)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Loyola de Palacio
(as part of wider portfolio)
European Commissioner for Transport
2004 - 2008
Succeeded by
Antonio Tajani
Preceded by
Franco Frattini
European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom & Security
Succeeded by


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