About: Herman Van Rompuy

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Energy 24-10-2014

EU leaders set climate, energy targets

EU leaders agreed on Thursday to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40% by 2030. They also agreed to increase renewables and energy efficiency by at least 27%.
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Climate change 23-10-2014

Van Rompuy at last EU Summit: History will be the judge

Speaking at his last EU Summit, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said that “together, with all the leaders, we assume collectively our responsibility.”
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Health 11-09-2014

Parliament welcomes Special Olympics flame

After traveling 450 km across 15 Belgian cities for four days, the Special Olympics torch arrived in Brussels on Tuesday.
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03-09-2014

Tusk after his appointment as EU Council President: “I am really moved”

EU leaders elected Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Saturday to replace Herman Van Rompuy as the next President of the European Council.
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Europe's East 17-07-2014

EU boosts sanctions against Russia

EU leaders agreed on expanding sanctions against Russia, after Ukraine submitted proof of Russia’s support for the separatists.
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EU Priorities 2020 17-07-2014

Renzi angered after EU leaders fail to appoint Mogherini as High Representative

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was visibly angry on Wednesday after EU leaders failed to appoint Italian Federica Mogherini as the next EU Foreign Affairs Chief.
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EU Priorities 2020 17-07-2014

EU leaders fail to reach deal on top jobs

EU leaders failed to agree on a package of top jobs in the 28-nation bloc, including a new foreign policy chief and Council President.
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EU Priorities 2020 02-07-2014

Van Rompuy, Soros, Moscovici debate Europe’s future

Only days after EU leaders nominated former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, former French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici and Open Society founder and chairman George Soros met in Brussels to debate on the future of the European Union.
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Brexit 27-06-2014

EU nominates Juncker as Commission President

On Friday, EU leaders nominated former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission despite strong opposition from the UK and Hungary.
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Europe's East 27-06-2014

Van Rompuy: Ukrainian people gave their lives for closer EU ties

Speaking at the Association Agreement signing ceremony between the EU and Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said that the agreements are 'milestones' in the history of the EU and its eastern partners.
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13-06-2014

Parliament criticises UK for opposing Juncker as next Commission president

The European Parliament told EU council president Herman Van Rompuy on Thursday to nominate EPP Jean Claude Juncker as the next commission president. Parliament leaders warned that the Chamber is ready to veto any other candidates.
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Europe's East 05-06-2014

G7 leaders threaten Russia with tougher sanctions over Ukraine

In their first meeting without Russia in 17 years, G7 leaders threatened Moscow with further sanctions if it does not help restore stability in eastern Ukraine.
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Global Europe 04-06-2014

G7 to urge Russia to ‘lay down’ energy as political weapon

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday that the G7 will urge Russia to 'lay down' energy as a political weapon.
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28-05-2014

EU leaders fail to support Juncker as Commission president

EU leaders gave Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Tuesday a mandate to start consultations on who could be the next president of the European Commission.
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Europe's East 13-05-2014

Van Rompuy urges Russia to support 25 May elections in Ukraine

Council President Herman Van Rompuy traveled to Ukraine on Monday to discuss how to stabilise the situation in the country before the 25 May presidential election and urged 'all political' actors to back it. Speaking about sanctions against Russia, Van Rompuy said that the EU is 'ready to take further decisions if needed'.
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Europe's East 07-05-2014

EU, Japan warn Russia not to deepen Ukraine crisis

During the 22nd EU-Japan Summit in Brussels, EU and Japanese leaders called on Russia on Wednesday to refrain from deepening the crisis in Ukraine and threatened Moscow with more sanctions
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Global Europe 07-05-2014

EU, Japan seek trade deal by 2015

Japan and the EU agreed on Wednesday to try to wrap-up free-trade negotiations next year, as EU leaders met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Brussels for the 22nd EU-Japan Summit.
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23-04-2014

Commission reacts to Van Rompuy’s election anger

European Commission spokesperson Jonathan Todd commented on Tuesday on the clash between European Council president Herman Van Rompuy's and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso over the procedure to appoint the next Commission President following the EU elections.
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Europe's East 26-03-2014

Obama says Russia ‘miscalculated’ EU, US reaction over Ukraine

In his first visit to Brussels since he took office in 2009, US President Barack Obama repeatedly stressed that the US and the EU remain 'united' against Russia, after Moscow took over the Crimean peninsula earlier this month.
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Europe's East 26-03-2014

Herman Van Rompuy: “Crimea’s illegal annexation is a disgrace in the 21st century and we will not recognise it”

Speaking at the end of the US.-EU summit on Wednesday, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said that both the EU and the US are 'ready to intensify sanctions” against Russia if Moscow does not change course over his actions in Ukraine.
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Europe's East 26-03-2014

Obama: EU-US united in isolating Russia

In his first visit to Brussels since he took office in 2009, US President Barack Obama spoke about the Ukrainian crisis and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of “growing consequences for the Russian economy” over its annexation of the Crimean peninsula earlier this month.
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Europe's East 04-03-2014

EU calls emergency summit on Ukraine

In what could be seen as a bid to ease tensions between Russia and the west, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia sees no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine... for now. Putin stressed that the use force would be 'a choice of last resort'. But the Russian president warned western powers that imposing sanctions against Russia would be 'counter-productive', after the US and the EU threatened Moscow on Monday with sanctions if Russian troops do not withdraw from the region.
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Economy & Jobs 25-02-2014

Cyber security takes centre stage at EU-Brazil summit

Brazil and the European Union agreed on Monday to lay an undersea communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil's reliance o the United States after Washington spied on Brasilia. At a summit in Brussels, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the $185 million (€135 million) cable project was central to "guarantee the neutrality" of the Internet, signaling her desire to shield Brazil's Internet traffic from U.S. surveillance.
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Global Europe 11-02-2014

EU welcomes Cyprus reunification talks

EU leaders welcomed on Tuesday the resuming of peace talks in divided Cyprus, in a fresh attempt to end one of Europe's most enduring conflicts and a decades-old obstacle to Turkey's hopes of joining the European Union. Leaders of the island's rival Greeks and Turks are due to meet in no-mans-land, at an airport compound in the capital Nicosia that was abandoned in past fighting and is now used as a base for the United Nations peacekeeping force. It will be their first formal encounter for almost 18 months.

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