Structure of the Spanish Defensor del Pueblo
The Institution of the Defensor del Pueblo as High Commissioner of the Parliament responsible for defending the fundamental rights and civil liberties of citizens is headed by the Defensor, chosen by Congress and the Senate. The Defensor is assisted by the First Deputy and Second Deputy, appointed by the Defensor with the agreement of the Parliament. The Defenor is free to appoint the Secretary General.
The institution has its own staff, freely selected by the Defensor in accordance with the principles of merit and capacity, seeking to give priority to public officials (Article 31.3 of the Rules of Organization and Operation of the Defensor, approved by the Committees of Congress and Senate).
Staff at the service of theDefensor del Pueblo for 2018 is made up of 172 people.
Personnel of other public bodies also provide services at the institution: the safety and custody of the sites is entrusted to the National Police, official vehicles have drivers from the State Vehicle Fleet, and there is an office of the State Society Post and Telegraph open to the public.