The post was introduced by the Treaty of Amsterdam and its holder, together with the national Foreign Minister holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, represents the council of Foreign Ministers of the Union. The Clinton administration claimed in May 2000 that Solana was the fulfilment of Henry Kissinger's desire to have a phone number to talk to Europe (“Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” - Henry Kissinger).
At its inception, it was decided that the Secretary General of the Council would fill the position. This meant that the Secretary General at the time, Jürgen Trumpf was the first High Representative, although he would only serve a few months. During the tenure of Javier Solana, the position was expanded rapidly, with several more functions combined into the function of High Representative for the CFSP:
This combination of posts has been seen as furthering the answer to Kissinger's question; “The creation of a High Representative for foreign policy, or, better still, a Minister for foreign affairs would be a big change compared with the current situation. It would put an end to the double job which exists between the current function of Mr. Javier Solana, and that carried out within the Commission by Mme Benita Ferrero-Waldner, in charge of the external aid of the EU. One and the same person would therefore deal with problems and respond to the famous telephone calls of Henry Kissinger: ‘ I want to speak to Europe.’ ” - Valéry Giscard d'Estaing in his blog, 5 July 2007
EU HIGH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CFSP WELCOMES SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF SECOND SUMMIT OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF GREAT LAKES REGION IN NAIROBI ON DEC. 14-15
Dec 19, 2006; The European Union's European Council's Secretary General issued the following press release: Javier Solana, EU High...