Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen appointed new Secretary-General of the Council

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  • 21/04/2015
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21/04/2015
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The Council on 21 April 2015 appointed Mr Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen as the next Secretary-General of the Council for the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2020. This follows an agreement reached at the European Council of 19 March 2015.

Mr Tranholm-Mikkelsen will take over from Uwe Corsepius who has been the Council's Secretary-General since 26 June 2011. 

Mr Tranholm-Mikkelsen is currently the Danish Permanent Representative to the European Union, a post he has held since 2010. 

Role of the Secretary-General 

The Council of the European Union is assisted by a General Secretariat, under the responsibility of a Secretary-General appointed by the Council. The General Secretariat is engaged in organising, coordinating and ensuring the coherence of the Council's work. It assists the Presidency of the Council in seeking solutions. 

The General Secretariat of the Council, under the authority of its Secretary-General, also assists the European Council and its President. The Secretary-General of the Council attends the meetings of the European Council and takes all the measures necessary for the organisation of the proceedings.

CV of Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen

Current position: Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the European Union

Born: 30 October 1962 

Nationality: Danish 

Civil status: married to Birgitte Karnøe Frederiksen, two children 

Career 

2010
Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the EU 

2007
Ambassador to China, also accredited to Mongolia and DPRK 

2003
Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU 

2001
Chief Adviser (EU Policy), Prime Minister's Office 

2001
Head of Department (General EU Policy), Danish MFA 

1998
Senior Adviser (EU Policy), Prime Minister's Office 

1995
Secretary of Embassy, Danish Permanent Representation to the EU 

1992
Head of Section, Danish MFA 

Education 

1992
Cand. Scient. Pol., University of Aarhus 

1990
MSc (International Relations), London School of Economics 

Languages 

English, German, French. Some Spanish, Dutch and Chinese.