Dr. Javier Solana Madariaga

Secretary-General of Western European Union

Javier Solana

  • Born in Madrid on 14 July 1942
  • Married to Concepción Giménez - two children
  • Doctorate in physics - Fulbright scholar at several American universities
  • Professor of solid-state physics at Madrid Complutense University
    • author of over thirty publications in the field
  • Member of the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome
  • Joined the Spanish Socialist Party in 1964
  • Member of Parliament since 1977
  • Spanish Cabinet Minister from 1982 to 1995 without interruption:
    • December 1982 - July 1988: Minister for Culture; simultaneously, acted as Government Spokesman from July 1985 to July 1988
    • July 1988 - July 1992: Minister for Education and Science
    • July 1992 - December 1995: Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • December 1995 - October 1999: Secretary General of NATO
  • Since 18 October 1999: Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union / High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy
  • Since 25 November 1999, Secretary-General of Western European Union (WEU)
  • Since 12 July 2004, Head of the European Defence Agency (EDA)