2018 sole and common candidate

elected by the EU and its Member States

for the Secretary General of the WCO

The EU and its Member States have chosen me to be their candidate for the election of Secretary General of the World Customs Organization which is to take place on 28-30 June 2018.


I am strongly committed and prepared to take on this function and lead a project that will energize the WCO membership towards addressing the challenges of the future.

Bandera de España

“The Spanish customs is a leader in capacity building, security and cooperation”

“More than ever, countries depend on commerce and customs play a key role in trade facilitation and the protection of society”

Cristobal Montoro

Cristóbal Montoro

Minister of Finance and Civil Service. Spanish Government 

“Pilar Jurado’s solid career in the Ministry of Finance, her experience and her vision of customs and trade make her the ideal person to assume the highest responsibility within the WCO.”

Luis de Guindos

Luis de Guindos

Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Spanish Government 

“The entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement highlights the key role the WCO has to play in this field. Pilar Jurado is best placed to strengthen that role.”


“The European customs union is the first customs union of the world”

“The European Union is one of the economies with more international projection”

Stephen Quest

Director general for Taxation and Customs Union. European Commission 

“Our common candidate, Pilar Jurado, has been instrumental in the ongoing modernization of the European customs union. She has deep understanding of the challenges facing modern customs in a digital world and is the person to lead the WCO to a new era.”

Federica Mogherini

Federica Mogherini

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Vice President of the European Commission

“Consensus is essential in an international organization and is deeply rooted in EU culture. Pilar Jurado has proven skills in building consensus. She is the perfect candidate for Secretary General of the WCO.”

Therese Mattsson

Director General for Swedish Customs

“Pilar Jurado is our EU candidate to lead and modernize WCO as new Secretary General. Customs cooperation supported by WCO is key to facilitate legal trade and to combat illicit trade.”

Rodolphe Gintz

Director General for French Customs

“Since the adoption of the SAFE Framework of Standards in 2005 and the WCO Resolution of Punta Cana in 2015, security of the global supply chain as well as the protection of citizens are among the highest priorities for most Customs administrations around the world. France, as well as Spain, as a victim of terrorist attacks, fully understands what combatting this threat means.

Pilar Jurado has a strong experience in this matter and I believe she is one of the most appropriate Customs leaders to promote the crucial role of Customs in mitigating the security risk at international level.”