Director Defence Matters
The Defence Matters Directorate was set up to consolidate and develop the defence function of the OPM, which has been in existence almost continuously since 1964. The Directorate now forms part of the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security.
The main responsibilities of the Directorate are:
to provide objective technical and policy advice as well as timely analysis on all aspects of mlitary matters affecting the Government’s defence policy;
to monitor and analyse the implementation of Cabinet decisions and Government policies on defence matters and to report on the extent to which policy and performance targets are met;
to develop new policy initiatives and concepts on all AFM matters with a view to improving the operational, logistic and administrative effectiveness of the AFM;
in liaison with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to manage bilateral as well as multilateral defence relations with other countries and international organisations.
Ms. Joanne Mercieca joined the Public Service as a Graduate Trainee with the Ministry of Justice in 1994. Upon appointment to the post of Second Secretary in 1995 with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs she proceeded to a number of overseas posts including Strasbourg, where she covered Malta’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels, where she served as First Counsellor, specializing in security and defence matters and contributing to the deployment of Maltese officers seconded to the EU’s crisis missions abroad, particularly in Bosnia, Kosovo and Georgia. She is interested in all matters falling under the area of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as well as the EU’s institutional development. In 2012, she was appointed Director Defence Matters.