Ilze Juhansone
Secretary-General of the European Commission
Assumed office
1 August 2019
Acting: 1 August 2019 – 14 January 2020
PresidentJean-Claude Juncker
Ursula von der Leyen
Preceded byMartin Selmayr
Ambassador of Latvia to the European Union
In office
23 February 2011 – 6 December 2015
Preceded byNormunds Popens
Succeeded bySanita Pavļuta-Deslandes
Personal details
Born1971 (age 52–53)
EducationUniversity of Latvia

Ilze Juhansone (born 1971) is the Secretary-General of the European Commission. She is a European civil servant and former Latvian diplomat.[1][2]

In August 2019, she became the acting Secretary-General pending the search for a full-time successor to Germany's Martin Selmayr.[3][4] Following the period as acting Secretary-General, she was appointed Secretary-General on 14 January 2020.[5] From October 2015 until 2019, she was Deputy Secretary-General for interinstitutional and external relations, and before that had been Permanent Representative of Latvia to the European Union from 2011 to 2015, including during its Council Presidency in the first half of 2015. This was preceded by having been Director General for EU Affairs at the Latvian Foreign Ministry between 2008 and 2011.[1]

While Permanent Representative of Latvia, she was awarded the Order of the Three Stars, 3rd class.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Deputy Secretary-General Ilze Juhansone - Biography". European Commission. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  2. ^ "The Commission's deputy squad". Politico. 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Juhansone appointed European Commission's acting secretary-general". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. LETA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  4. ^ Kostaki, Irene (25 July 2019). "Ilze Juhansone to serve as interim EU Secretary General". New Europe. Archived from the original on 26 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Ilze Juhansone appointed as the Commission's new Secretary-General today". Press Corner (European Commission). Retrieved 2022-06-04.
Government offices Preceded byMartin Selmayr Secretary-General of the European Commission 2019–presentActing: 2019–2020 Incumbent