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EU leaders asked to step out to smoke

BRUSSELS, March 26 (UPI) -- The president of the European Council told colleagues during a dinner in Belgium they would have to leave the room to smoke.
EU to conduct emergency meeting on Libya

EU to conduct emergency meeting on Libya

BRUSSELS, March 2 (UPI) -- The European Union has called for an emergency summit on Libya March 11, the same day as leaders from euro currency countries meet on economic governance.
EU leader warns of growing nationalism

EU leader warns of growing nationalism

BERLIN, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Peace in Europe is threatened by growing nationalism, populism and anti-democratic forces, the president of the European Union says.
EU considers amending treaty for bailouts

EU considers amending treaty for bailouts

BRUSSELS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The European Union treaty will need minor amendments to set up a permanent bailout fund for member states, EU leaders said Friday.

Obama to meet with EU leaders on Nov. 20

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The White House press secretary said President Obama will participate in a summit with European Union leaders Nov. 20.
EU: We're a better partner for Russia

EU: We're a better partner for Russia

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 2 (UPI) -- Europeans are better suited than Americans to partner Russia's drive for a more competitive and diversified economy, the president of the EU has indicated.
EU leaders pledge to fight crisis

EU leaders pledge to fight crisis

BRUSSELS, May 21 (UPI) -- European Union finance ministers pledged to cooperate more closely to tackle the economic and finance crisis threatening the stability of the continent.

EU agrees to help debt-burdened Greece

BRUSSELS, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Leaders in Europe said Thursday they have agreed to help Greece deal with its national debt, but left the details to financial experts set to meet Monday.
New EU leader seeks binding economic goals

New EU leader seeks binding economic goals

BRUSSELS, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Rodriguez Zapatero said the European Union's 10-year economic plan needs binding goals and corrective actions for non-compliance.
European Council chief must strike balance

European Council chief must strike balance

BRUSSELS, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- European Council President-designate Herman Van Rompuy and the European Union's revolving presidency will be linked in several ways, observers said.

EU official to visit Latvia, Finland

BRUSSELS, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A trip to Latvia and Finland next month will mark the first official duties of Herman Van Rompuy, the new president of the European Council, officials said.
Turkey suspicious of new EU president

Turkey suspicious of new EU president

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The choice of Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy as European Union president means Turkey is less likely to be accepted, a Turkish leader says.

EU leadership

BRUSSELS, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- EU leaders selected relatively unknown people to take over two newly created positions that represent the public face of the 27-country bloc.
By United Press International

EU presidency front-runner against Turkey

BRUSSELS, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The leading candidate for the first president of European Council says he opposes Turkey's bid to join the European Union because it is an Islamic country.
Gamblers see Belgian as first EU president

Gamblers see Belgian as first EU president

BRUSSELS, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Belgium's prime minister is the favorite to become the European Union's first permanent president, the British oddsmaker Ladbrokes said.
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Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy of Belgium is seen in an undated official portrait. European Union (EU) leaders named the Belgian Prime Minister the "president" of the 27 member nation organization on November 20, 2009, over former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. UPI/Office of the Belgium Prime Minister
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Herman Achille Van Rompuy (pronounced  ( listen); born 31 October 1947) is the first long term and full time President of the European Council (until the Treaty of Lisbon, the position had rotated among the Prime Ministers of the Member States for six months each, since then they choose a President of their meetings for a 2½ year period, renewable once). A Belgian politician of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party, he served as the 49th Prime Minister of Belgium from 30 December 2008 until his predecessor (Yves Leterme) succeeded him on 25 November 2009. He has the Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold.

On 19 November 2009 Van Rompuy was elected by the members of the European Council as the first full time President of the European Council under the Treaty of Lisbon. He was appointed to chair the institution for the period starting from 1 December 2009 until 31 May 2012, though he only took up his position officially on the first of January 2010.

Born in Etterbeek, Brussels to the later Prof. em. dr. Vic Van Rompuy and Germaine Geens, he attended Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in Brussels (until 1965), where Ancient Greek and Latin were his main subjects. During his early teens, he was an avid rock and roll fan, especially of US singer Elvis Presley whose music and personality influenced him tremendously. Later he studied at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and received a bachelor's degree in philosophy (1968) and a master's degree in applied economics (1971). He worked at the Belgian central bank from 1972 to 1975.

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