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Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union


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 Uwe Corsepius, who entered office on 26 June 2011.

With the creation of the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy in 1999, it was decided the Secretary-General would occupy that post simultaneously. However with the Lisbon Treaty the post of High Representative was merged with the External Relations Commissioners and separated from the Secretary-General of the Council, and at the meeting of the European Council of 19 November 2009 Pierre de Boissieu was appointed as the new secretary-general.[1] On 26 June 2011, Uwe Corsepius took over from Pierre de Boissieu as the new secretary-general.[2] The Council appointed Uwe Corsepius on 22 December 2009 for the period from 26 June 2011 to 30 June 2015.[3]

As of 2010, the Secretary-General's basic pay is equal to that of a top-tier civil servant: €17,697.68 per month.[4][5]

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


  1. ^ Informal meeting of EU heads of state or government, Brussels, 19 November 2009, Press release
  2. ^ New Council Secretary-General takes office, Brussels, 27 June 2011, Press release
  3. ^ COUNCIL DECISION appointing the Secretary-General of the Councilof the European Union for the period from 26 June 2011 to 30 June 2015, Brussels, 22 December 2009, Council Decision
  4. ^ Base salary of grade 16, third step is €17,697.68: European Commission: Officials' salaries - accessed 19 March 2010
  5. ^ 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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