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

Council of the EU
  • 21/04/2015
  • 10:30
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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 


Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the EU 

Ambassador to China, also accredited to Mongolia and DPRK 

Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU 

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

Head of Department (General EU Policy), Danish MFA 

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

Secretary of Embassy, Danish Permanent Representation to the EU 

Head of Section, Danish MFA 


Cand. Scient. Pol., University of Aarhus 

MSc (International Relations), London School of Economics 


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