Today, the Council appointed Ms Thérèse Blanchet as Director General of the Council legal service. She will act as the legal counsel of the European Council and the Council. She will start her new assignment on 1 July 2019.
Ms Blanchet, a French national, has been working in the general secretariat of the Council since 1995. She is currently Director in the legal service responsible for Justice and Home affairs issues.
The legal service assists the European Council, the Council and its preparatory bodies in ensuring the legality and the drafting quality of acts. In cooperation with other departments, it contributes to identifying legally correct and politically acceptable solutions. To that end, it gives opinions in complete impartiality - orally or in writing, at the request of the Council or on its own initiative - on any question of a legal nature.
The legal service also represents the European Council and the Council in proceedings before the courts of the Union.
Ms Blanchet will replace Mr Hubert Legal, Director General of the legal service since 2011, who will be retiring.