About: Herman Van Rompuy

Herman Van Rompuy and Jean-Claude Juncker [European Council]
Future EU 08-03-2017

After Juncker, EPP mulls vision of a multi-speed ‘Europe that delivers’

The European People’s Party vowed on Tuesday (7 March) to turn the tide and mobilise people and means to avoid further divisions in the 27-country bloc after Brexit.
Future EU 14-10-2016

EU grandees seek plan to revive pride, wake up Europe after Brexit vote

Faced with the shocks that have disrupted the European construct, a number of opinion-makers, former Commissioners, ministers, and parliamentarians have slammed the European 'intellectual disease' which has prevented leaders using common sense to reignite the sense of pride in the EU project - starting with the young generation.
Brexit 02-09-2016

Van Rompuy: Brexit will take ‘years and years’

No need to panic, the UK was on its way out of the EU years ago. This was the view shared by Herman Van Rompuy and the EU foreign affairs ministers who met in Paris on Thursday (1 September). EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 11-04-2016

Kaczynski blames Tusk for Smolensk crash

Responsibility for the 2010 plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczyński along with 95 other people lay with the then government of Donald Tusk, the late president's twin brother and leader of the current ruling party said yesterday (10 April) at an event to commemorate the disaster.
EU Priorities 2020 01-12-2014

Poland’s Tusk takes EU helm

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy passed the baton to Poland’s former prime minister Donald Tusk on Monday (1 December), during a handover ceremony in a packed Justus Lipsius building, seat of the ministerial meetings.
EU Priorities 2020 26-11-2014

Van Rompuy’s last message: France must lead Europe again

In what is considered to be his outgoing speech, which he delivered at Sciences Po in Paris on Tuesday (25 November), European Council President Herman Van Rompuy urged France to regain confidence and drive Europe into the next era.
Angela Merkel (Left) and François Hollande at the EU summit, 23 Oct. 2014 [European Council/Flickr]

EU leaders adopt ‘flexible’ energy and climate targets for 2030

EU leaders Thursday night (23 October) committed by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40%, and increase energy efficiency and renewables by at least 27%.
Special EU summit meeting, July 2014 [European Council/Flick]
EU Priorities 2020 23-10-2014

Wrap-up: EU summit on climate and energy, Ebola

After a marathon two-day summit on 23-24 October, EU leaders agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40%, and increase energy efficiency and renewables by at least 27%. They also committed to do more to boost growth and jobs and asked the Commission to draft a proposal by December. Meanwhile, a furious David Cameron vowed the United Kingdom would not pay the €2.1 billion bill it was handed by EU on Thursday.

Special Olympics torch stops in Brussels EU’s district

SPECIAL REPORT: The Olympic flame arrived for the first time in Belgium as part of the Special Olympics European summer games on Tuesday (9 September), turning attention to an event few people in the EU sphere had heard of until now.
Global Europe 11-09-2014

EU delays new Russia sanctions

European Union envoys failed yesterday (10 September) to reach a decision on whether to implement new sanctions against Russia over military involvement in the war in Ukraine and will meet for talks today, EU diplomats said.
Vladimir Chizhov, photo Georgi Gotev
Global Europe 09-09-2014

Russia warns EU against Ukraine’s hardliners

The Russian ambassador to the EU warned Tuesday (9 September) that an Ukrainian admission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) would create the biggest security risk in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and warned against hardliners in Kyiv who may seek to derail a fragile peace process in eastern Ukraine.
Development Policy 09-09-2014

Ebola spreads ‘exponentially’, economies threatened

Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa's Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday (8 September).
Petro Poroshenko at 30 August Council
Global Europe 30-08-2014

Poroshenko: The EU’s agenda now revolves around Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took centre stage at today’s (30 August) EU summit and said that the Union’s heads of state and government had given his country broad support, since it had faced “open aggression” from Russia, adding that the EU's agenda from now on would largely revolve around Ukraine.
Euro & Finance 29-08-2014

Diplomats: Tusk to also become Euro Summit President

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who is widely expected to be chosen by EU leaders at their summit tomorrow (30 August) to succeed Herman Van Rompuy as Council President, will also become Euro Summit President, diplomats said.
Jean-Claude Juncker with European heads of state [European Council]
EU Elections 2014 29-08-2014

Wrap-up: Leaders choose Tusk, Mogherini at Summit

EU leaders gathered at the European Council in Brussels, on Saturday (30 August), to break the deadlock on EU top jobs and to respond to the escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine. An overview of events, as they happened, is below.
A NATO satellite image [NATO]
Global Europe 29-08-2014

Russia advances in Ukraine, EU summit readies new sanctions

Prompted by the news that Russian forces have entered Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU will discuss further sanctions against Russia at the extraordinary summit Saturday (30 August). The perceived ''invasion'' boosted the chances that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the strongest supporter of pro-EU forces in Ukraine, would succeed Herman Van Rompuy as Council President.
EU Elections 2014 28-08-2014

Poland wants economic portfolio, will support Georgieva to replace Ashton

Polish Foreign Minister Rados?aw Sikorski is among the official contenders for the post of High Representative. Yet the reality is more complicated. Poland is in fact interested in obtaining an economic portfolio. EURACTIV Poland reports.
A view of Minsk. Photo: Minsk travelguide
Europe's East 26-08-2014

Little chance to end fighting, as Putin and Poroshenko prepare for Minsk meeting

Divided by mistrust and mutual recrimination, the Russian and Ukrainian leaders will hold rare talks today (26 August) that offer only a slim hope of progress towards ending five months of separatist war in Ukraine.
Le Front national a obtenu un prêt de neuf millions d'euros auprès d'une banque russe
Europe's East 29-07-2014

EU gets deal on list of Putin associates for sanctions

EU diplomats reached a preliminary agreement on Monday (28 July) on a list of associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin and companies that will face sanctions as part of tougher measures over Moscow's actions in Ukraine, EU sources said.
Herman Van Rompuy [President of the European Council/Flickr]
Brexit 02-07-2014

Van Rompuy says door open for ‘two-speed Europe’

Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, spoke out on the EU's future after Britain's failed attempt to block Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming the next President of the European Commission.
Brexit 26-06-2014

Wrap-up: Leaders nominate Juncker – as it happened

On 26-27 June, EU leaders gathered in Ypres and in Brussels for a European Council meeting. On the agenda were strategic priorities for Europe in the next five years, who will lead the EU executive and more. Read up on recent events as we covered them, live.
Global Europe 23-06-2014

EU leaders set vague ‘priorities’ for next five years

EXCLUSIVE/ At the 26-27 June summit, EU leaders will adopt a four-page strategic blueprint which outlines the big political priorities for the next five years. EURACTIV has read the draft document.
EU Priorities 2020 23-06-2014

Italy vows to use presidency to change Europe

Days before Italy assumes the presidency of the EU on 1 July, the country’s top man in Brussels said his government will push a reform agenda, starting with an aggressive plan for investment to reinvigorate the bloc, and inject new blood into the anemic recovery.
Matteo Renzi and David Cameron hold a bilateral meeting during G7 summit
EU Elections 2014 06-06-2014

No clear backing for Juncker on G7 sidelines

There is no clear backing for Jean-Claude Juncker or anyone else to become the next president of the European Commission, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said yesterday (5 June), following meetings between EU leaders on the sidelines of the Brussels G7 summit.