The Convention and the Praesidium are supported by a Secretariat, which is
headed by its Secretary-General, Sir John Kerr, former head of the British Diplomatic
Service. The Secretariat provides assistance to all members of the Convention
on all aspects of the Convention's work, in particular by preparing discussion
documents for the Convention, drafting reflection papers, and drawing up syntheses
of the debates. Its also assists the Chairman, the two Vice-Chairmen, and the
"Praesidium". In addition, the Secretariat is responsible for the
logistic and practical arrangements of the Convention, and is entrusted with
organising the activities of the Forum.|
Its members are drawn primarily from the General Secretariat
of the Council, but include also experts from the European Commission and European
Parliament Secretariat, as well as members seconded from outside the institutions.
A full list of the members of the Secretariat, together with
their contact numbers, is set out below.