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]

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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. Secretary-GeneralTook officeLeft officeTime in officeCountry
Calmes, ChristianChristian Calmes
9 September 195214 June 197320 years, 278 days Luxembourg
Hommel, NicolasNicolas Hommel1 July 19737 October 19807 years, 98 days Luxembourg
Ersbøll, NielsNiels Ersbøll [da]
(born 1926)
8 October 198031 August 199413 years, 327 days Denmark
Trumpf, JürgenJürgen Trumpf
(born 1931)
1 September 199417 October 19995 years, 46 days Germany
Solana, JavierJavier Solana
(born 1942)
18 October 19991 December 200910 years, 44 days Spain
Boissieu, PierrePierre de Boissieu
(born 1945)
1 December 200926 June 20111 year, 207 days France
Corsepius, UweUwe Corsepius
(born 1960)
26 June 201130 June 20154 years, 4 days Germany
Tranholm, JeppeJeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen
(born 1962)
1 July 2015Incumbent4 years, 163 days Denmark

See also


  1. "Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen appointed new Secretary-General of the Council - Consilium". Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  2. "Javier Solana". Council of the European Union. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  3. "European Defence Agency". European Defence Agency. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  4. "Western European Union". Western European Union. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  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