Van Rompuy to Get 2nd Term as EU Council President - Report

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Bulgaria: Van Rompuy to Get 2nd Term as EU Council President - Report European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (R), with his wife Geertrui Van Rompuy (L) pose for photographs at the world heritage site Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India on 11 February 2012. EPA/BGNES

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will get a second 2.5-year term at the summit of EU leaders on March 1-2, reports say.

The term of European Council President Herman Van Rompuy is due to be extended for two and a half years at the summit of EU leaders on 1 and 2 March as no alternative candidates have come to the fore and no blocking minority has been formed, Europolitics reported citing diplomatic sources.

Herman Van Rompuy born 31 October 1947) is the first long-term and full-time President of the European Council under the EU Treaty of Lisbon, which is an unelected position.

A Belgian politician of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party, Van Rompuy served as the 49th prime minister of Belgium from 30 December 2008 until his predecessor (Yves Leterme) succeeded him on 25 November 2009.

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.[5] 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 1 January 2010.

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