About: Herman Van Rompuy

Herman Van Rompuy
Future EU 20-09-2017

Van Rompuy: Juncker’s single EU president idea ‘cannot deliver’

A week after the landmark State of the Union speech by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the first president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy told EURACTIV.com that merging the two functions at the EU helm could run into legal and political obstacles.

European NGO chief: To fight fear and populism, start with social programmes

Ambitious social programmes, which benefit everybody, undermine populism and combat fears, said Conny Reuter, the Secretary General of SOLIDAR in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Development Policy 10-09-2015

Van Rompuy: ‘EU leaders only take bold decisions when they have a knife against their throats’

EXCLUSIVE / In a candid interview with EURACTIV, the former President of the European Council said the EU takes the boldest decisions only in crisis situations, "when we have our backs against the wall and are staring at the abyss with a knife against our throats".
Global Europe 20-07-2015

Korčok: The last 6 years have been the most dramatic in the EU’s history

The years between 2009 and today will perhaps be seen as the most dynamic period of the EU’s history, Ivan Kor?ok, Slovakia's Ambassador to the EU, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Public Affairs 18-12-2009

PA head: Ashton walks ‘a very tight uphill rope’

The respect that leaders harbour for the European Union's new foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will be key to her success in the role, Jacques Lafitte, partner and founder of Brussels-based consultants Avisa Partners, told EURACTIV in an interview, predicting that if she is rebuked by her contemporaries on high-profile issues then she will be too afraid of making mistakes to act decisively. 
Public Affairs 03-12-2009

PR boss: Parliament to become ‘more vocal’ under Lisbon

The European Parliament will become "significantly more vocal" in expressing its position on EU policy issues under the Treaty of Lisbon, George Ellis Ruano, founder of Brussels-based PR firm Gellis Communications, told EURACTIV in an interview, helping "to ensure that decisions are taken as close to the citizen as possible".