Mercedes García Pérez

Mercedes García Pérez is the Head of Global Issues and Innovation, at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Her office represents the EU in the areas of transportation, climate, energy and environment, research and innovation, space, food safety and public health. Prior to that, she worked for one year at the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C.

Ms. García has an outstanding experience in the area of EU Foreign Policy and Security Strategy; she was the Head of Division for Human Rights in the European External Action Service until August 2018, leading the formulation of the EU’s human rights policy and guidelines applied worldwide. From 2012-2016, she was the Head of Operations in the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC), where she oversaw the conduct of ten EU Civilian Operations in three continents with more than 2500 international staff on the ground. In 2003, Ms. García Pérez joined the European Union Institutions, where she held positions in the foreign partnerships and Africa teams.

A lawyer by training, she practiced EU competition and trade law in Brussels from 1998-2002. She was member of the Academic Council and visiting scholar at the Institut Supérieur de Management Public et Politique in Paris until 2011. She holds an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She also has two Degrees in Law and Literature from Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain.


March 13   |   2PM CT

Subject experts from the EU Delegation to the United States are in Austin to answer your burning questions about top transatlantic topics. Each hour from 2-5 PM, meet with a different EU expert to discuss things like research, climate justice, and global health.

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