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Herman Van Rompuy


President of the European Council


Elected as the first full-time President of the European Council in November 2009, Herman Van Rompuy took office when the Lisbon Treaty came into force on 1 December 2009. In 2012, he was re-elected for a second term starting on 1 June 2012 and running until 30 November 2014.


At the time of his first election, Herman Van Rompuy was Prime Minister of Belgium. Prior to that he had served in Belgium as Speaker of the House of Representatives (2007-2008) and in several government positions, including as Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Budget (1993-1999), Minister of State (2004) and Secretary of State for Finance and Small Businesses (1988).


A former economist at the National Bank of Belgium, Herman Van Rompuy began his political career in 1973 as national vice-president of his party’s youth council. He has held various responsibilities within his party and in the Belgian Parliament, serving in turn as Senator (1988-1995) and Member of Parliament (1995-2009).


Herman Van Rompuy holds a Bachelor in Philosophy, and a Master in Applied Economics from the university K.U. Leuven. He was born in Etterbeek, Belgium, on 31 October 1947, and is married with Geertrui Windels; they have four children and four grandchildren.




Grammar School, Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege Brussels (1965)

Bachelor of Philosophy, K.U.Leuven (1968)

Master in Applied Economics, K.U.Leuven (1971)


Career history:


Attaché Internal Affairs National Bank of Belgium (1972-1975)

Adviser Cabinet Prime Minister L. Tindemans (1975-1978)

Adviser Cabinet Minister of Finance G. Geens (1978-1980)

Director Centrum voor Politieke, Economische en Sociale Studies (1980-1988)

Lecturer Handelshogeschool Antwerpen (1980-1987)

Lecturer Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool Brussel (VLEKHO) (1982-2008)


Political career:


National vice-president C.V.P.-Jongeren (1973-1977)

Member of the National C.V.P. Buro (1978-…)

C.V.P.-negotiator for the government formation Martens-III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and Dehaene I, II

C.V.P.-president of the district Brussel-Halle-Vilvoorde (1982-1988)

C.V.P.-senator (1988-1995)

Secretary of State of Finance and Small Businesses (May 1988-Sept. 1988)

C.V.P.-party National President (Sept. 1988-Sept. 1993)

Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Budget (Sept. 1993-July 1999)

CD&V MP in the House of Representatives (1995 -…)

Minister of State (Jan. 2004)

Speaker of the House of Representatives (July 2007- Dec. 2008)

Royal Explorer (Sep. 2007)

Royal Conciliator (Oct. 2007)

Prime Minister (Dec. 2008 - Nov. 2009)

President of the European Council (Dec. 2009 - ...)




"Haiku 2", Poëzie centrum, Gand, 93 p. (October 2013)

"Europe in the storm", Editions Racine, 126 p. (May 2014)

"De kentering der tijden", book published by Lannoo, 112 p. (1979)

"Hopen na 1984", book published by Davidsfonds, Horizonreeks (September 1984)

"Het christendom. Een moderne gedachte", book published by Davidsfonds, Forumreeks (September 1990)

"Vernieuwing in hoofd en hart. Een tegendraadse visie", book published by Davidsfonds, Forumreeks (Autumn 1998)

"De binnenkant op een kier. Avonden zonder politiek", book published by Lannoo, 165 p. (2000)

"Dagboek van een vijftiger", book published by Davidsfonds, 144 p. (October 2004)

"Haiku", Poezie Centrum, Gent, 125 p. (April 2010)

"In de wereld van Herman Van Rompuy", with Katleen Cools, Borgerhoff&Lamberigts, 200 p. (October 2010)


Honorary awards:



Doctor Honoris Causa, Catholic University of Louvain (2/2)

Benelux-Europa Prize, Netherlands Defence Academy, Breda (12/6)

Harvard Club of Belgium Leadership Prize, Brussels( 8/9)

Klauwaertprijs 2010, Jong CD&V (18/9)

Collier du Mérite européen, Fondation du Mérite européen Luxembourg 25/11)

Nueva Economía Forum Prize, Madrid (10/12)



Doctor Honoris Causa, Kobe University Brussels European Centre (4/3)

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Ghent (18/3)

Grand Officier dans l'Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur(December)



Gouden Penning, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels (14/1)

Honorary senator E Meritu et Honoris Causa of the Movement for a United States of Europe - Action Centre for European federalism (AEF - BVSE), Antwerp (5/2)

Otto von der Gablentzprijs, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Hague (18/4)

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Foreign Languages, Baku (5/7)

Honorary Citizenship, De Haan (7/7)

Doctor Honoris Causa, Hanoi National University, Hanoi (1/11)

Coudenhove-Kalergi Prize Award, Vienna (16/11)

Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, Oslo (10/12)



National order "Star of Romania" in the rank of the Grand Cross, Bucharest (25/4)

Michele de Gianni Award, Brussels (4/10)

Honorary Citizenship, Matsuyama (18/11)

Doctor Honoris Causa, CEU San Pablo University. Madrid (13/12)



The Special Business Centre Club (BCC) Award, Warsaw (25/1)

Ordre national du Bénin, Cotonou (20/2)

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Abomey Calavi, Cotonou (21/2)

Order of the White Double Cross of Second Class, Bratislava (30/4)

Honorary Citizenship, Kortessem (16/5)

Charlemagne Prize, Aachen (29/5)

Responsible Leadership Award, European School of Management and Technology, Berlin (3/7)