17th February 2019
Spain's Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell
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Spain’s Foreign Minister fined €30k over share sale

Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell has been fined €30,000 by the securities regulator (CNMV) for taking advantage of private information from a company to order the sale of shares.

In 2015, at a time when he held no public office, Borrell was a board member of the renewable energy firm Abengoa.

According to the securities regulator, Borrell advised a person close to him to sell company shares worth €9,030. His position allowed him to know ‘price sensitive information that had not yet been disclosed.’

Spain's Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell
Spain’s Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell (Blanca Blay / via ACN)

A prominent figure in the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Borrell refrained from challenging the sanction yet he said he was in ‘complete disagreement’.

There have already been calls for Borrell’s resignation from Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos, Pablo Casado, leader of the People’s Party (PP), and also from the Catalan government.

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