Javier Solana

Francisco Javier Solana de Madariaga (Spanish: [fɾanˈθisko xaˈβjeɾ soˈlana ðe maðaˈɾjaɣa]; born 14 July 1942) is a Spanish physicist and Socialist politician. After serving in the Spanish government as Foreign Affairs Minister under Felipe González (1992–1995) and as the Secretary General of NATO (1995–1999), he was appointed the European Union's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary General of the Council of the European Union and Secretary-General of the Western European Union and held these posts from October 1999 until December 2009.


Javier Solana
Javier Solana in 1999
High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy
In office
18 October 1999  1 December 2009
Preceded byJürgen Trumpf
Succeeded byCathy Ashton (Foreign Affairs and Security Policy)
Secretary General of the Council of the European Union
In office
18 October 1999  1 December 2009
Preceded byJürgen Trumpf
Succeeded byPierre de Boissieu
Secretary General of the Western European Union
In office
20 November 1999  1 December 2009
Preceded byJosé Cutileiro
Succeeded byArnaud Jacomet
9th Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
In office
5 December 1995  6 October 1999
Preceded bySergio Balanzino (Acting)
Succeeded byGeorge Robertson
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
16 June 1992  18 December 1995
Prime MinisterFelipe González
Preceded byFrancisco Fernández Ordóñez
Succeeded byCarlos Westendorp
Personal details
Born
Francisco Javier Solana de Madariaga

(1942-07-14) 14 July 1942 (age 79)
Madrid, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party
Spouse(s)María de la Concepción Giménez Díaz-Oyuelos
EducationComplutense University
University of Virginia
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