Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union


The Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union heads the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. In April 2015, the Council appointed the Danish diplomat Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen as the next Secretary-General of the Council for the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2020.[1]

Previously, the post holder was also the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy,[2] President of the European Defence Agency[3] and the Western European Union.[4] The Treaty of Amsterdam created the office of the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and specified that the Secretary-General would occupy that position simultaneously. Javier Solana exercised both functions from 1999 until 2009. The Lisbon Treaty redefined the post of High Representative and again separated it from the office of Secretary-General of the Council.

As of 2010, the Secretary-General's basic pay is equal to that of a top-tier civil servant: €17,697.68 per month.[5][6]

List of Secretaries-General


No. Portrait Secretary-GeneralTook officeLeft officeTime in officeCountry
1
Calmes, ChristianChristian Calmes
(1913–1995)
9 September 195214 June 197320 years, 278 days Luxembourg
2
Hommel, NicolasNicolas Hommel1 July 19737 October 19807 years, 98 days Luxembourg
3
Ersbøll, NielsNiels Ersbøll [da]
(born 1926)
8 October 198031 August 199413 years, 327 days Denmark
4
Trumpf, JürgenJürgen Trumpf
(born 1931)
1 September 199417 October 19995 years, 46 days Germany
5
Solana, JavierJavier Solana
(born 1942)
18 October 19991 December 200910 years, 44 days Spain
6
Boissieu, PierrePierre de Boissieu
(born 1945)
1 December 200926 June 20111 year, 207 days France
7
Corsepius, UweUwe Corsepius
(born 1960)
26 June 201130 June 20154 years, 4 days Germany
8
Tranholm, JeppeJeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen
(born 1962)
1 July 2015Incumbent5 years, 311 days Denmark

See also


References


  1. "Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen appointed new Secretary-General of the Council - Consilium". www.consilium.europa.eu. Retrieved 2015-07-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Javier Solana". Council of the European Union. Retrieved 2007-06-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "European Defence Agency". European Defence Agency. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-06-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Western European Union". Western European Union. Retrieved 2007-06-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Base salary of grade 16, third step is €17,697.68: European Commission: Officials' salaries - accessed 19 March 2010
  6. COUNCIL DECISION of 1 December 2009 laying down the conditions of employment of the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union, EurLex