FORA.tv Speaker - Javier Solana
Dr. Javier Solana is secretary-general of the Council of the European Union and high representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. Dr. Solana earned a doctorate in physics and taught solid-state physics at Madrid Complutense University before entering politics.
In 1977, Dr. Solana was elected to the Spanish Parliament, and from 1982 onward, he held a number of cabinet posts including minister of culture, government spokesperson, and minister of education and science. In July 1992, he became minister of foreign affairs, a post he held until he became NATO secretary-general in December 1995.
In October 1999, Dr. Solana left NATO to become secretary-general of the Council of the European Union and its first high representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. His task is to put forth ideas and analyze policy options in an effort to help EU leaders agree on foreign and security policy issues, thereby giving the Union more political weight in international affairs.
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