List of Secretaries General of the Western European Union

The Secretary-General of the Western European Union was the head of the Western European Union (WEU), a Cold War era European defence and collective security organisation, which was dissolved in 2011.[1]

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In 1999, it was agreed that the holder of the newly-created post of High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union should also be the Secretary-General of the WEU. This was then Javier Solana; however, following a reconfiguration of the High Representative post, Solana's successor Catherine Ashton was never appointed Secretary-General, and an acting secretary-general fulfilled the role until the WEU's dissolution in 2011.

List of Secretaries General

Name Country Years
Louis Goffin  Belgium 1955–1962
Maurice Iweins d'Eeckhoutte  Belgium 1962–1970
Georges Heisbourg  Luxembourg 1971–1974
Friedrich-Karl von Plehwe  West Germany 1974–1977
Edouard Longerstaey  Belgium 1977–1985
Alfred Cahen  Belgium 1985–1989
Wim van Eekelen  Netherlands 1989–1994
José Cutileiro  Portugal 1994–1999
Javier Solana  Spain 1999–2009
Arnaud Jacomet  France 2009–2011


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