Jorge Domecq, the senior Spanish diplomat who headed the Gibraltar desk at the Spanish Foreign Ministry including during the Tripartite Forum period, has been appointed as the next European Defense Agency Chief Executive. This comes as a result of a selection process which started last December.
Domecq is the current Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Prior to that, he served as Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of the Philippines.
Since the start of his diplomatic career in 1985, Jorge Domecq has held several positions with the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he acted as Director General for United Nations, Global Affairs and Human Rights, as well as Director General for Multilateral Affairs. Prior to that, he also acted as Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General Javier Solana and as Diplomatic Adviser to the Spanish Minister of Defense. Jorge Domecq will take up his new functions on 1st February 2015.
“The diplomatic experience of Jorge Domecq as well as his knowledge of the European security and defense environment make him highly suitable for this position. He will help steer the European Defense Agency ahead of the June 2015 European Council and make an important contribution to the many challenges faced by Member States in the field of defense cooperation”, Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and head of EC Foreign Affairs.
The European Defense Agency is currently involved in major capability development projects in various domains such as air-to-air refueling, remotely piloted aircraft systems, satellite communications and cyber defense. It also supports cooperation between Member States more broadly in areas such as standardization, certification, research & technology and industrial issues. Spanish officials said the role reinforced the importance of Spain’s commitment to a unified defense strategy.