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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 October 2022, the Council appointed Thérèse Blanchet[1] as the Secretary-General of the Council for a five-year term, from 1 November 2022 to 31 October 2027.

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, which entered into force in 1999, 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, which took effect on 1 December 2009, 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-General Took office Left office Time in office Country
Christian Calmes
Calmes, ChristianChristian Calmes
9 September 195214 June 197320 years, 278 days Luxembourg
Nicolas Hommel
Hommel, NicolasNicolas Hommel1 July 19737 October 19807 years, 98 days Luxembourg
Niels Ersbøll [da]
Ersbøll, NielsNiels Ersbøll [da]
(born 1926)
8 October 198031 August 199413 years, 327 days Denmark
Jürgen Trumpf
Trumpf, JürgenJürgen Trumpf
1 September 199417 October 19995 years, 46 days Germany
Javier Solana
Solana, JavierJavier Solana
(born 1942)
18 October 19991 December 200910 years, 44 days Spain
Pierre de Boissieu
Boissieu, PierrePierre de Boissieu
(born 1945)
1 December 200926 June 20111 year, 207 days France
Uwe Corsepius
Corsepius, UweUwe Corsepius
(born 1960)
26 June 201130 June 20154 years, 4 days Germany
Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen
Tranholm, JeppeJeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen
(born 1962)
1 July 20157 October 20227 years, 98 days Denmark
Thérèse Blanchet
Blanchet, ThérèseThérèse Blanchet
(born 1962)
1 November 20224 years, 364 days France

See also


  1. ^ "Thérèse Blanchet appointed new Secretary-General of the Council". 13 October 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  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
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