Ilze Juhansone to replace Selmayr as European Commission’s secretary-general

epa08068253 (L-R) EU Commission Secretary-General Ilze Juhansone, European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen during the second day of the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, 13 December 2019. EU leaders gathered in Brussels on 12 and 13 December to discuss climate change, the EU's long-term budget and external relations, the economic and monetary union and Brexit, among other issues. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

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Ilze Juhansone will be the European Commission’s secretary-general. This has been said by POLITICO which quoted two Commission officials.

These officials said that the College of Commissioners will appoint her at its meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Juhansone has been acting secretary-general since the resignation of Martin Selmayr, the powerful previous incumbent, last summer. She has used the intervening time to move from outsider to frontrunner in the race for the permanent appointment as the Commission’s most senior civil servant.

Formerly Latvia’s ambassador to the EU, Juhansone joined the Commission from her country’s diplomatic service in 2015, becoming deputy secretary-general.



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