European Parliament gets new communications guru

Jaume Duch Guillot will be the European Parliament's new communications tsar. [European Parliament]

Spaniard Jaume Duch Guillot has been unanimously appointed the new head of the European Parliament’s communication’s team. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Since July 2006, Guillot has been the Parliament’s spokesperson and has been an EU official since 1990.

Over the past 26 years, Guillot has been involved with pushing the institution’s message to the EU and wider media, as director for media, as well as acting as spokesperson and adviser to President José María Gil-Robles between 1997 and 1999. He was also closely involved with the draft of the charter of fundamental rights and the European Constitution.

Guillot holds a law degree and worked as a professor of public international law at the University of Barcelona between 1986 and 1990.

He is also the author of several publications, articles and communications on matters related to the European Union institutions and Community Law.

His appointment to director-general of communications, which puts him second in command at the Parliament just behind Secretary-General Klaus Welle, will take effect on 1 February.

Guillot will be replacing fellow Spaniard Juana Lahousse-Juárez, a former translator and interpreter, who has been in charge of communications since 2007.