Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Solana to form Spanish Security Strategy

  • Here we have another Christmas present for Javier Solana:
  • "Contacts with Solana have been so secret that on Tuesday Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, said in Congress to a request by Mr Jordi Xuclà CiU for the government to seize the "vast experience", pointing to Solana for any charges, saying that "if the occasion arises, the Government requested" the assistance of the former minister." Link
  • "(rough translation from Spanish): "Javier Solana, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union over the past ten years, has a new job. The Council of Ministers charged him yesterday leading the process of drafting the Spanish strategy of security, a document that must be translated for the first time the safety risks of the Spanish and how to address them. The document must be approved in November 2010

  • Spanish security strategy was a promise by President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero in his final inaugural address in 2008, when he promised to submit to Parliament a document defining objectives, indicate priorities, quantify and plan allocations budgetary and organizational efforts. The idea, however, had been parked and now the Government has not only determined but also put dusting deadline: before next Nov. 30.

    It is not a casual date: on one hand, it lets the Spanish EU presidency in the first half of next year, when the international agenda is very close, and another, is made to coincide with the development of the "new strategic concept "of NATO, to be approved at the NATO summit scheduled in Lisbon at the end of 2010.

    Spain has a national defense policy, prepared at the start of each term, and the PP adopted a white paper and a strategic review. However, all these documents have been cooked by the Ministry of Defense, so they have a strong military complexion, despite the intervention of other departments.

    The Government's aim is that the Spanish security strategy starts from a global concept which does not specifically military risks prevail, but others are addressed as international terrorism, global warming or energy shortages.

    According to sources, Solana will take office in La Moncloa (Spanish Presidental seat since 1977) and will have a support team from the Prime Minister, who will collaborate with experts from the ministries of Defense, or Foreign Affairs, among others. This model was similar to the current director of National Intelligence Center (CNI), General Felix Sanz, while responsible for preparing the Spanish presidency of the EU defense and security, but, unlike the former, not will hold any position or will pay.

    Vice President Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said yesterday the "great experience and knowledge" of Solana. He was the driving force in 2003, the European security strategy (which first defines the challenges for European security, methodology, means and partners with which to confront them) and its update in December 2008. Previously, as general secretary of NATO between 1995 and 1999, led the review of the organization's Strategic Concept, which is still in force.

    The commission is also a recognition of a veteran socialist leader. Born in Madrid in July 1942, is one of the few leaders of the period of government of Felipe González-occupied four ministries-which is still active.

    Solana has ruled out continuing in active politics, but not to perform any public duty. In addition to the commission yesterday him by the Government, has joined ESADE Business School to chair its new research center in economics and geopolitics." (I wrote on the ESADE Jesuit and Bilderberger connection here: Link)
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