The CEI-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) was established in Trieste under the Austrian CEI Presidency in 1996.
It operates with the legal status of an International Organisation, based on a Headquarters Agreement concluded between the Italian Government and the CEI Presidency.
The CEI-ES provides administrative and conceptual support to the CEI three-pillar system (Governmental, Parliamentary and Business Dimensions). It also manages its funds and instruments and takes appropriate initiatives aimed at promoting the realisation of the Organisation's mission.
The seat in Trieste, via Genova 9, was made available to the CEI by the Italian Government through the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, free of charge and ties, under terms described in a Protocol concluded between the CEI Secretariat and the Region.
Since its establishment, the CEI-ES has been headed by Ambassador Paul Hartig (Austria) from 1996 to 2001; Ambassador Harald Kreid (Austria)from 2002 to 2007; Ambassador Pietro Ercole Ago (Italy) from 2008 to 2009; Ambassador Gerhard Pfanzelter (Austria) from 2010 to 2012. As of January 2013 the Secretary General is Ambassador Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri.
- Secretary General
Ambassador Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri was appointed Secretary General in January 2013 after having held the post of Italian Ambassador to France from 2009 to 2012.
Having graduated in Law in 1970 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, he also received a French education at the Lycee Châteaubriand in Rome, where he obtained the Baccalauréat “avec mention”.
G. Caracciolo di Vietri entered the diplomatic service in 1971 and in 1976 he was First Secretary at the Embassy of Italy to Ethiopia.
From 1980 to 1985 he worked as Counsellor at the Embassy of Italy to the United States of America and from 1985 to 1992 as Deputy Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Republic of Italy. In 1992 he was nominated Consul General in Paris and in 1996 Deputy Director General for Emigration and Social Affairs, MFA, Rome. From 2000 to 2004 he served as Ambassador to Serbia and from 2004 to 2006 he was nominated Director General for European Countries and Regional Cooperation at the MFA in Rome. From 2006 to 2009 he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.
- Alternate Secretary General
Mr. Antal Nikoletti started his assignment as CEI Deputy Secretary General on 15 February 2018, after having held the position of Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry for National Economy of Hungary responsible for international economic affairs and sustainable economic development. Before this, he served as Board Member in EBRD representing Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Georgia and also remained as Advisor in international and financial matters, and Representative of the Ministry in London. From 2013 to 2015 he was Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry for National Economy of Hungary, responsible for the facilitation of national exports, foreign direct investment and international economic cooperation. From 2006 to 2012 he worked for Raiffeisen Bank International in Vienna as Head of Credit Quality Management in Raiffeisen International. In 2004 he was appointed Deputy CEO and CFO of Budapest Airport. From 1999 to 2004, he worked for GE Capital, in Stamford headquarters and in Budapest, and was a Member of the Global Management team of GE Capital banks worldwide. Mr. Nikoletti also acted as Chief Risk Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Budapest Bank. From 1989 to 1999, he worked for various international banks, including Creditanstalt and Rabobank Hungary, starting in junior positions and rotation programmes, then he became analyst, gradually gaining professional and managerial experience, and later he became Chief Risk Officer of said Bank(s).