Dane chosen to lead EU Council

Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen is the current Danish permanent representative to the EU

The heads of the EU member states yesterday endorsed the EU president's decision to nominate Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen as the next secretary general of the EU Council.

Tranholm-Mikkelsen, the current Danish permanent representative to the EU, is expected to take the reins of his new position on 1 July 2015.

”It's very pleasing that Denmark can offer up someone to such an important posting in the EU,” Martin Lidegaard, the foreign minister, said. ”It's a huge pat on the back for Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen and Danish diplomacy.”

”Denmark is known in the EU as a hard working, efficient and co-operative country that is good at bringing solutions and compromises to the negotiating tables. These qualities are personified by Jeppe and he will need them for his new position.”

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Tranholm-Mikkelsen, 52, has worked in the Foreign Ministry since 1992 and has previously been the Danish ambassador to China from 2007 to 2010.

The Dane has been the Danish permanent representative to the EU since 2010.

Photo: Foreign Ministry





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