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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 Pierre de Boissieu, who entered office 1 December 2009.

With the creating 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 at a meeting of the European Council on 19 November 2009 it was decided, with the post of High Representative being expanded, this would no longer be the case and Pierre de Boissieu was appointed as the new secretary-general but not the High Representative.[1]

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




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