At the 2018 Commission meeting, Spain was elected to the position of Chair for the 2019 and 2020 meetings. In accepting the appointment, Spain advised that Mr Fernando Curcio, the current Ambassador of Spain in New Zealand, would assume this role.
Ambassador Curcio holds a degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a master’s degree of European Law from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium. Upon entering diplomatic service he was the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Spain in Sudan and Yemen from 1990 to 1992. He has since held various positions around the world, including:
- Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Spain in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi (1995–1998)
- Deputy Director General of Multilateral Fisheries Organizations of the General Secretariat of Marine Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (2000–2002)
- Director General of Fisheries Resources, Protection of the Marine Environment and Aquaculture in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (2004–2009)
- Ambassador of Spain in Vietnam (2009–2012)
- Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Spain in The Netherlands (2013–2018).
In accepting the position of Chair of the Commission, Ambassador Curcio said that he looked forward to the opportunity to work with Members in this important role.