Ilze Juhansone

Ilze Juhansone (1971) is a European civil servant and former Latvian diplomat.[1][2] In August 2019, she became the acting secretary-general of the European Commission, pending the search for a full-time successor to Germany's Martin Selmayr.[3][4] She was the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the European Union from 2011 to 2015, having previously been the Director General for EU Affairs at the Latvian Foreign Ministry between 2008 and 2011.[1]

Ilze Juhansone
Secretary-General of the European Commission
Assumed office
1 August 2019
Acting: 1 August 2019 – 14 January 2020
PresidentJean-Claude Juncker
Ursula von der Leyen
Preceded byMartin Selmayr
Ambassador of Latvia to the European Union
In office
23 February 2011  6 December 2015
Preceded byNormunds Popens
Succeeded bySanita Pavļuta-Deslandes
Personal details
Born1971 (age 4950)
EducationUniversity of Latvia


  1. "Deputy Secretary-General Ilze Juhansone - Biography". European Commission. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  2. "The Commission's deputy squad". Politico. 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  3. "Juhansone appointed European Commission's acting secretary-general". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. LETA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  4. Kostaki, Irene (25 July 2019). "Ilze Juhansone to serve as interim EU Secretary General". New Europe. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
Government offices
Preceded by
Martin Selmayr
Secretary-General of the European Commission