Jaume Duch Guillot
|Jaume Duch Guillot|
|Director-General for Communication and spokesperson of the European Parliament|
Jaume Duch Guillot, born 4 February 1962 in Barcelona, Spain, is the spokesperson of the European Parliament and the Director-General of Communication of the institution, a position he assumed in February 2017 after more than a decade as the Media Director.
As the spokesperson of the European Parliament Duch Guillot responds to media inquiries, namely by the accredited Brussels based correspondents, on matters relating to the European Parliament as an institution. In this capacity he regularly chairs press briefings on the activities of Parliament's plenary meetings and supports the Parliament's President in his relations with the media at different occasions.
Since February 2017 he is also the Director-General for Communication at the European Parliament. He is in charge of the Media Directorate – which includes the press service, the online communication unit, audiovisual services and the online television 'EuroparlTV'-, the Citizens' Relations Directorate and the information offices of the European Parliament in the Member States.
Before becoming spokesperson and director, Duch Guillot was head of the Media Directorate (2006–2017), the press room unit (1999–2006) and press adviser with the private office of the then President of the European Parliament José Maria Gil-Robles (1997–1999).
He started his career within the Parliament administration as an official in 1990, prior to which he was an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament (1987–1989) from a Catalan party and associate professor for international public law and European law at the University of Barcelona (1986–1990). He holds a Master in law from the University of Barcelona.
n July 2006 he held the post of Media Director and spokesman for the European Parliament, firstly on an interim basis and since July 2008 as a permanent position.
In February 2017 he was appointed Director General of Communication of the European Parliament, a charge that he combines with being the spokesman.
Duch Guillot speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Italian. He is married with three children and lives in Brussels. He has published various articles on matters related to the EU and communication.
Since June 2014 he is a member of the Advisory Board of Jean Monnet Fondation, based in Lausanne (Switzerland).
That same year he received the "Best Spokesperson Award", awarded by the Catalan Journalists' Association.
In December 2016 he was awarded by Aquí Europa, a Spanish publication specializing in information on the European Union, in the category of "Distinguished Spanish personality in communication that has promoted the European project".
- "The media like drama, the EU cannot deliver it" (Portrait of Duch Guillot produced during the European Youth Media Days)
- EP website press service last retrieved on 7 May 2010
- Jaume Duch Spanish Profile from a Conference website of the Basque regional government, last retrieved on 6 November 2008
- El Pais.com Jaume Duch, el 'webmaster' de Europa