Federico Silva Muñoz

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Person.png Federico Silva Muñoz  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, academic)
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Born28 October 1923
Benavente, Zamora
Died12 August 1997 (Age 73)
Madrid, Spain
Alma materUniversity of Madrid
ChildrenMarta Silva de Lapuerta
Member ofLe Cercle

Federico Silva Muñoz was Minister of Public Works since 1965 to 1970. He attended Le Cercle.


He was awarded Doctor of Law from the University of Madrid with extraordinary prize. He joined in opposition simultaneously in the Body State Bar of Lawyers and the Council of State of Spain. Married to Dona Rosario Lapuerta, he had nine children.


He was president of the Lessee Company Oil Monopoly (CAMPSA). Later he was Member of Parliament for the province of Zamora. Founder and first president of Alianza Popular (the Popular Party today).

He was Professor of Political Economy at the Faculty of Law of the University of Madrid, Director of courses of Sociology at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo de Santander, Professor, School of Tax Studies and professor at the University of Santa Maria de la Rabida in Huelvanat .

He was a member of the Catholic Association of propagandists, having occupied the Vice President of the Association.

He was President of the Boards of Trustees of the College San Pablo CEU University, the University Studies Center and member of the Higher Education Council of the Church. Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Studies Institute, Madrid; member of several committees of the Development Plan; Vice President of the Third Section of Fiscal Policy and Credit of the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid, and member of the Board of Governors of Christian Citizenship School.

He was a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation, and member of the Academy of Arts and Letters San Dionisio, in Jerez de la Frontera.

He was father of Marta Silva de Lapuerta, Attorney General and Director of the Legal Service state.

He was minister of Public Works from 1965 to 1970. He earned the popular nickname of Minister efficiency by carrying out a program meritorious achievements (highways, dams, carreteras.etc) substantially changed the infrastructure of Spain.

It approved and executed Network itienerarios Asfálticos (REDIA), which represented standardize the roads of Spain making all of them had seven meters Calzada, and two and a half meters berm, suppression of dangerous curves and slopes most important and create the slow lanes for trucks.

Approved and developed the National Plan of highways Spain (PANE). Being Minister were awarded and started to build the first Spanish toll roads: January 26, 1967 Barcelona- La Junquera and Mongat - Mataro; by decree of 18 January 1968 granting the Barcelona-Tarragona highway it was approved; by decree of 14 March 1968 he was awarded the concession of Behovia- Bilbao and by decree of 17 June 1969 granting the authorized motorway Sevilla - Cádiz and finally of Villalba- Adanero including the second tunnel Guadarrama He was awarded on Jan. 18, 1968.

Rail infrastructure after many decades since its inception, ended the direct rail link Madrid- Burgos and much of the railways were renewed to put the soldier rail 54 kilos that could make higher speeds.

In terms of hydraulic works after an administrative long and arduous management launched the works of the Tajo - Segura, through which it was possible to create a very extensive area of ​​irrigation in the area of ​​Murcia and Alicante allowing thanks to its favorable climate to develop agriculture of Vanguard.

Finally it should be noted that thanks to his tenure as Minister the very serious problem of water supply was resolved Madrid: The most important work in the history of the Canal de Isabel II, the developed Federico Silva as Minister of Public Works: the work hiperembalse Atazar which was awarded on September 22, 1965 and ended on July 19, 1972. Thanks to this hard work built dome-shaped reservoir capacity increased by 240% from a reservoir capacity 223, 4 Hm2 to 549.5 Hm2 for this work done during his tenure as Minister

In ports, he built the post of Bilbao and solved the problem of draft port of Isla Cristina at the beginning, at the time Minister of Public Works, the project of construction of levees on both banks of the Carreras estuary to avoid siltation which reduced its depth.

He resigned as minister in 1970 then occupying the Presidency of CAMPSA.

In the transition, he formed the short list of candidates to replace Carlos Arias Navarro after his resignation, complete with Adolfo Suarez, who ended up being chosen by the King, and Gregorio Lopez-Bravo; also he participated in the founding of People's Alliance, one of the so-called Magnificent Seven. In the 1980s he participated in the Spanish magazine Reason. Decorations


He received numerous awards including The French Medal of Merit, the Gold Medal in extraordinary session of the Council of Barcelona, ​​the Madrid Gold Medal, Gold Medal of the City of Huelva and the Great Cross of Carlos III.

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