The director Miguel Ángel Gimeno Jubero Born in Binèfar, Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from the University of Barcelona in 1975, postgraduate degree in Catalan Civil Law from the Open University of Catalonia in 2001. Gimeno Jubero has built his professional career entirely in Catalonia, practicing law from 1976 to 1980. He entered the judicial career in December 1982 and was appointed judge in February 1983. He was promoted to magistrate in 1987 and has spent most of his career in the criminal jurisdiction. He has served as a judge in Prat de Llobregat (1983-84), and as most senior judge in Badalona (1984-85) and Hospitalet de Llobregat (1985-87). As a magistrate, he served in the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 3 of Hospitalet de Llobregat (1987-89), the Court of Instruction number 22 of Barcelona (1989-91), Criminal Court number 4 of Barcelona (1991-93) and in section 10 of the Provincial Court of Barcelona (1993-2000). He was president of Section 6 of the Provincial Court of Barcelona (2000-2010). In parallel, from 2004 to 2007, he was a member of the Governing Board of the Judicial Academy and in 2006 was appointed member of its pedagogical committee. Gimeno Jubero was also president of the High Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) from 2010 to 2015, and then magistrate of the Civil and Criminal Chamber of the TSJC until September 2016, when he was appointed director of the Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia. He has combined his career in the judiciary with teaching at the Police Academy of Catalonia (1991), the Autonomous University of Catalonia (1992-94) as associate professor of Criminal Law, and the University of Barcelona (2000-08), as well as at the Barcelona Bar Association (2005-09) as a teacher on various master’s degrees in the field of Criminal Law. Functions Directs the Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia, exercising its institutional and legal representation. Coordinates, supervises and evaluates the actions carried out by the Anti-Fraud Office. Approves the draft budget of the institution and selects, appoints and hires its staff. He acts with full independence and objectivity in the exercise of his functions and receives no instructions from any authority; he is, therefore, solely subject to the legal order. Election and mandate The director of the Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia is elected by Parliament from among citizens of full age who meet the conditions of suitability, probity and professionalism necessary to fulfil the position. The Prime Minister [President] of the Government of Catalonia proposes the candidate on behalf of the Government, who is then chosen by a three-fifths majority in plenary session of the Catalan parliament. If the candidate fails to achieve the necessary majority a second ballot is held which requires the favourable vote of the absolute majority of members of the Chamber. The mandate of the director is 9 years and may not be renewed.