Mr. Domecq, a senior Spanish diplomat, was appointed in January by the High Representative / Vice President and EDA Head of Agency Federica Mogherini.
“It is an honour and privilege for me to take over the position of Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency as we enter into its second decade. European defence cooperation gained momentum in recent years but there is still a lot to be done. I will continue establishing EDA as a reliable agency at the service of Member States and will further foster cooperation with other EU institutions and external partners, notably NATO”, said Jorge Domecq upon taking up his duties.
Until his appointment, Jorge Domecq was Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the Organisation 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 and as Diplomatic Adviser to the Spanish Minister of Defence.
“The diplomatic experience of Jorge Domecq as well as his knowledge of the European security and defence environment make him highly suitable for this position. He will help steer the European Defence 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 defence cooperation”, Federica Mogherini said on 09 January 2015.
The European Defence 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 defence. It also supports cooperation between Member States more broadly in areas such as standardisation, certification, research & technology and industrial issues.