Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union

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The Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union heads the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. The current Secretary-General is Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen, who entered office on 1 July 2015.

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. On 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] He succeeds Uwe Corsepius, who held the position since 2011.

As of 2010, the Secretary-General's basic pay is equal to that of a top-tier civil servant: €17,697.68 per month.[2][3]

List of Secretaries-General
Name Country Start End
Christian Calmes  Luxembourg 9 September 1952 14 June 1973
Nicolas Hommel  Luxembourg 1 July 1973 7 October 1980
Niels Ersbøll  Denmark 8 October 1980 31 August 1994
Jürgen Trumpf  Germany 1 September 1994 17 October 1999
Javier Solana  Spain 18 October 1999 1 December 2009
Pierre de Boissieu  France 1 December 2009 26 June 2011
Uwe Corsepius  Germany 26 June 2011 30 June 2015
Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen  Denmark 1 July 2015