Abel Matutes

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Abel Matutes, 2002

Abel Matutes Juan (born October 31, 1941 in Ibiza ) is a Spanish entrepreneur and politician ( Partido Popular ) and former EU Commissioner.


Matutes was mayor of Ibiza Town from 1970 to 1971 during the Franco dictatorship . From 1977 to 1982 he was a member of the Spanish Senate for Ibiza and Formentera and then a Member of Parliament until 1985. In 1986, when Spain joined the EU , he became European Commissioner, responsible for small and medium-sized companies, loans and investments as well as financial instruments in the Delors I Commission . In 1989 he became responsible for Mediterranean and Latin American policy in the Delors II Commission . In 1993 he changed the department again and was responsible for the Commissioner for Energy , Euratom and Transport , in 1994 he handed over his post to Marcelino Oreja . From 1996 to 2000 he was Spain's foreign minister. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Employers' Association of the Tourism Industry in Ibiza.

Since 2002, Matutes has been a director of Banco Santander .

Today Matutes is a member of the TUI Supervisory Board . His company, Grupo Empresas Matutes , has held shares in TUI since 2004.

Matutes is co-owner of the Grupo de Empresas Matutes, a conglomerate of various companies that u. a. the Fiesta and Palladium hotel group, and shares in the shipping companies Trasmediterránea and Balearia . He owns the Privilege discotheques (currently the largest discotheque in the world) and Space , various properties and hotels and the island's largest construction company. He is one of the most influential personalities in Ibiza.

Matutes is married and has four children: Carmen, María, Abel and Estela. Estela was an island councilor from 2003 to 2007 and was responsible for buildings, roads and traffic. During her term of office, inter alia, the construction of the motorway on Ibiza fell.


Individual evidence

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  2. FAZ.net
  3. fiestahotelgroup.com
  4. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)