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Julian Priestley

Former Secretary General of the European Parliament

Former Secretary General of the European Parliament.

Sir Julian Priestley was Secretary General of the European Parliament from 1997 to 2007. Previously he had been chef de cabinet to Klaus Hänsch, President of Parliament. Before that he held several senior posts in the EP, including Secretary General of the Socialist Group. A graduate of Balliol, Oxford, he is a past President of the Oxford Union, and a former parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party. Since retiring he continues to speak and write about European issues. His book, ‘Six Battles that Shaped Europe’s Parliament’ was published by John Harper in 2008. A second book, Europes Parliament; People, Places, Politics was published in 2012. He is chairman of EPPA; a Brussels based public affairs company. In 2007 he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen. He is a member of the board of Votewatch.eu.