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Spanish diplomat expert in Gibraltar affairs will head EU Defense Agency

Wednesday, January 14th 2015 - 06:39 UTC
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Jorge Domecq headed the Gibraltar Desk in Madrid even during the Tripartite Forum period   Jorge Domecq headed the Gibraltar Desk in Madrid even during the Tripartite Forum period

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.

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  • Briton

    Spanish diplomat expert in Gibraltar affairs ,

    if he was an honest expert he would know Spain has no claim,

    so not an expert then, as for this new defence post,

    what it go down hill faster than a stone..

    Jan 14th, 2015 - 11:45 am 0
  • Conqueror

    European Defence Agency Chief Executive, eh? As a Spaniard, I wonder how he's going to feel as he has to go cap-in-hand to Britain for various capabilities. Picking out 'projects', who has the best air-to-air refueling capability, who is ahead of everyone else in Europe on remotely-piloted aircraft, who has the best satellite comms and cyber warfare capabilities? Let's see now, Britain has the RAF Voyager, a transport/tanker. The UK has 14. Eventually, France may have 12. Spain might have 2. Not surprised at that last. Spain never goes anywhere. British ground troops regularly use hand-launched drones. A number of countries operate drones, but isn't Britain the only one that designs and builds its own? Satellite comms and cyber warfare. Who remembers how HMS Conqueror asked permission to sink the Belgrano 8,000 miles from home port? Decision required in minutes. How did we do that? Cyber warfare and GCHQ. Apart from NSA in the States, who's got anything like it? No-one. Britain, right at the front, leading the way. I expect this dago will finish up having to do as he's told. How embarrassing for him if Britain just said “No”.

    Jan 14th, 2015 - 03:50 pm 0
  • Pete Bog

    “He will help steer the European Defense Agency ”

    Front or rear wheel steering?

    Jan 14th, 2015 - 10:14 pm 0
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