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The President of the European Council

Hvr -officialphoto Herman Van Rompuy,
President of the European Council

At their informal meeting in Brussels on 19 November 2009, ahead of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon on 1 December, EU Heads of State or Government unanimously agreed to appoint Herman VAN ROMPUY the first, permanent President of the European Council.

He took office when the Lisbon Treaty came into force on 1 December 2009. His first term stretched until 31 May, 2012.
 

On 1 March 2012 Herman Van Rompuy was appointed for a second term starting on 1 June 2012 and ending on 30 November 2014.

Blue Arrows Biography of Herman Van Rompuy 

■ What does the President of the European Council do?

■ How is the President of the European Council elected and how long is his mandate?

■ What supporting staff does the President of the European Council have?

■ Where are the offices of the President of the European Council located?

■ What is the history of the European Council President function?