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Marta Rovira i Vergés

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Secretary-General of ERC
Assumed office
17 September 2011
Preceded by Joan Ridao
Member of the Parliament of Catalonia
for the Province of Barcelona
In office
17 December 2012 – 22 March 2018
Personal details
Born 25 January 1977
Vic, Catalonia, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya
Junts pel Sí
Residence Geneva, Switzerland
Alma mater Pompeu Fabra University
Open University of Catalonia
Profession Lawyer and Politician

Marta Rovira i Vergés (Vic, born 25 January 1977) is a pro-Catalan independence politician from Catalonia and Spanish lawyer who has fled Spain to avoid being judged by the Spanish Supreme Court and now she lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

Rovira holds a degree in Law from Pompeu Fabra University and in Political Sciences and Public Administration from the Open University of Catalonia.

She has worked as a lawyer, has been a professor of Administrative Law at the Escola de Policia de Catalunya (2003–2007), and Director of Field Services Support at the Agència Catalana de Cooperació al Desenvolupament (Catalan Agency of Cooperation to the Development) (2007–2011).

Rovira has been a member of Republican Left of Catalonia since 2005, and during the 25th National Congress celebrated in 2005, she was chosen as National Secretary of International and European Politics and Cooperation. During the 26th National Congress (2011) she was elected general secretary. Rovira won a seat in the Parliament of Catalonia during the elections of 2012 and in 2015 stood in the elections to the Parliament of Catalonia with the pro-independence coalition Together for Yes.

Between 2008 and 2012 Rovira was general secretary of the European Free Alliance.

Rovira was the representative-secretary of the Young Lawyers Association of Catalonia (2006–2007), manager of the Group of Young Lawyers of Vic (2004–2006) who she represented in the Governing Board of the Vic Law Association, member of the Platforma Solidària de la UPF (1999), and representative of the students association Jurists without borders (1997–1999). She is also a member of the Sagals of Osona. On 22 December 2017 she was imputed for sedition after the Catalan declaration of independence. On 23 March 2018, Rovira left Spain to avoid attending a Supreme Court summons, stating that she had chosen the "path to exile".

Personal life

She is married to Raúl Presseguer and had a daughter, Agnès, in 2011. Her maternal grandfather, Francesc Vergés i Ordeig, was the mayor of Osona (Barcelona) during the francoist regime.

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