Press release

Prime Minister nominates Sir Julian King as European Commissioner

David Cameron has put forward Sir Julian King as the UK candidate for the next European Commission.


David Cameron has nominated Sir Julian King as the next UK Commissioner in the European Commission.

Sir Julian is currently UK Ambassador to France. He was previously Director General in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has served at the UK Representation in Brussels as well as in New York, Paris, Luxembourg, The Hague, Lisbon and London.

The Prime Minister said:

Sir Julian is a very experienced diplomat with particular experience in European affairs, and I believe he will be a strong addition to the Commission.

The Prime Minister wrote to the Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, on 7 July to nominate Sir Julian King as UK Commissioner. President Juncker will meet with Sir Julian on 11 July.

The nomination now has to be confirmed before Sir Julian can take up the role.

Notes to editors

About Sir Julian King

Sir Julian King was appointed Ambassador to Paris in February 2016. Previous to this post, Julian was Director-General Economic & Consular at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and before that Director General of the Northern Ireland Office (2011 to 2014). Sir Julian was Ambassador to Ireland from 2009 to 2011. He has served in a number of posts (Brussels, New York, Paris, Luxembourg, The Hague, Lisbon) as well as in London. He was the Chair of the Political and Security Committee during the UK Presidency in 2005, and headed up the Office of the British Commissioner in the European Commission from 2008 to 2009. He was appointed CMG in 2006 and CVO in 2011, following the historic first state visit to Ireland by Her Majesty the Queen. Sir Julian is married.

Published 8 July 2016