Julian King

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Person.png Julian King  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat)
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Born22 August 1964
NationalityBritish
Alma materSt Peter's College (Oxford), École nationale d'administration
SpouseLotte Knudsen
PartyIndependent
British diplomat and civil servant who served as European Commissioner for the Security Union from 2016 to 2019.

Employment.png European Commissioner for the Security Union

In office
19 September 2016 - 30 November 2019

Employment.png British Ambassador to France

In office
January 2016 - 19 September 2016
Preceded byPeter Ricketts

Sir Julian Beresford King is a British diplomat and civil servant who served as European Commissioner for the Security Union from 2016 to 2019, having previously served as the British ambassador to Ireland (2009–2012) and France (2016).

Biography

King attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, one of the oldest schools in Britain, in Sutton Coldfield.[1] He gained a BA in Philosophy and Theology from St Peter's College, Oxford.[2] He also studied at the École nationale d'administration in Paris where he met his future wife. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1985.

After the resignation of Jonathan Hill as the British European Commissioner and European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron nominated King to replace him. On 2 August 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his intention to allocate the new portfolio of Security Union to King.[3][4] King would work under the supervision of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.[5][6] The European Parliament confirmed his appointment on 15 September 2016,[7] and the Council of the European Union did so on 19 September 2016.[8][9] With the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, he was the last British official to hold a position and portfolio within the European Commission.

Diplomatic career





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