General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union

General Secretariat of the
Council of the European Union
Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen

since 1 July 2015
Appointer Council of the European Union
Term length Five years
Constituting instrument Treaties of the European Union
Inaugural holder Christian Calmes
Formation 9 September 1952
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The General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, also known as Council Secretariat, assists the Council of the European Union, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Council and the President of the European Council. The General Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union. The Secretariat is divided into seven directorates-general, each administered by a director-general.

The Secretariat is based in Brussels, in the Justus Lipsius building. The respective secretariats of the Schengen Agreement and of now-defunct Western European Union and European Political Cooperation have along the years been integrated with the Council Secretariat.

The current secretary-general is Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen, who was appointed on 1 July 2015.[1] He succeeded from Uwe Corsepius.



The organisation of the General Secretariat is decided by a simple majority of votes by the Council.[5] The Secretary-General is also appointed by the Council.[5]

It currently consists of 7 directorates-general, the Legal Service, 5 departments under the Secretary-General (e.g. internal audit, general political questions) and has around 3200 employees.

See also

References and further reading

  1. "Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen appointed new Secretary-General of the Council". 21 April 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  2. Council Decision of 22 March 2004 adopting the Council's Rules of Procedure
  3. 1 2 "An Introduction to the Council of the European Union", European Communities, 2008, p. 16.
  4. Gray & Stubb (2001)
  5. 1 2 Art. 240(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union


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