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Rompuy van Herman

Herman Van Rompuy

The 1st President of the European Council.
Celebrity Speakers, Economics & Finance, Leadership & Motivational speakers, Politics & Public policy
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Herman Achille Van Rompuy (born 1947) is the first President of the European Commission of Heads of State and Government. In December 2009, when the Treaty of Lisbon came into effect, he became full-time President of the European Council. In 2012 he was re-elected for a second term, which ended in November 2014.

Van Rompuy spent five years in the cockpit of global politics. He advocated for the stability of the euro, was involved in various conflicts and was tasked with bringing heads of state into alignment as regards European issues. During his time in office, Van Rompuy gave around 250 speeches per year both at home and abroad, and travelled as much as the Pope or President Obama.

Van Rompuy graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's in applied economics. After first working as an economist with the National Bank of Belgium, in 1973 he launched his political career as vice-president of the youth council of the Christian People's Party (CVP, now the CD&V – Christian Democratic and Flemish party). In 1978 he became a member of the CVP party bureau. Between 1988 and 1993 he held various positions within his party and within the Belgian parliament, including as party chairman and co-opted senator. 

Van Rompuy entered national politics in 1993, from which time he held various offices. He was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget (1993-1999), member of the Chamber of Representatives (1999-2008), Minister of State (2004), Chairman of the Chamber of Representatives (2007-2008) and Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009).

Van Rompuy taught at the Handelshogeschool Antwerpen from 1980 to 1987 and at the Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool Brussel from 1982 to 2008.

In May 2014 he received the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen Germany, one of the most prestigious European prizes for his valuable contribution in the services of Europe.  Previous recipients of the Charlemagne Prize are Winston Churchill, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II and Angela Merkel. 

In June 2015 he was appointed as the new chairman of the think tank of the European Policy Centre.


His interests are:
  • European Politics
  • European Economy (Macro)
  • European foreign policy



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