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Van Rompuy[1] (Dutch: Herman Achille, Graaf Van Rompuy, pronounced [ˈɦɛrmɑn vɑn ˈrɔmpœy] ( listen); born 31 October 1947) is a Belgian noble and European politician, who formerly served as Prime Minister of Belgium and then as the first President of the European Council. A politician from Belgium's Christian Democratic and Flemish party, Van Rompuy served as the 49th prime minister of Belgium
from 30 December 2008 until Yves Leterme
Yves Leterme
(who was also his predecessor) succeeded him on 25 November 2009. On 19 November 2009[2] Van Rompuy was selected by the members of the European Council, which is the institution of the European Union
European Union
(EU) comprising the heads of state or government of the EU member states, as the first full-time President of that Council under the Treaty of Lisbon.[3] He was appointed for the period from 1 December 2009 until 31 May 2012,[4][5] though he only took up his position officially on 1 January 2010.[6] On 1 March 2012 he was re-elected for a second (and last) term, to last from 1 June 2012 until 30 November 2014.[7]


1 Early life, career and family

1.1 Early life 1.2 Family

2 Political career

2.1 Early career 2.2 Belgian Minister of Budget (1993–1999) 2.3 Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives
Belgian Chamber of Representatives

2.3.1 Position on Turkish accession to the union 2.3.2 President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives (2007–2008)

2.4 Prime Minister of Belgium

2.4.1 Taxes 2.4.2 Quote on financial recovery 2.4.3 Policy on government debt 2.4.4 Negotiations and dispute with GDF Suez

2.5 President of the European Council

3 Honours and awards

3.1 Belgian honours 3.2 Foreign honours 3.3 Honorary citizenships 3.4 Honorary degrees 3.5 Awards

4 President's cabinet 5 References 6 External links

Early life, career and family[edit] Early life[edit] Born in Etterbeek, Brussels, to Dr., later Professor
of Economics,[8] Victor Lodewijk Maurits "Vic" van Rompuy (Begijnendijk, 27 February 1923 – Begijnendijk, 14 November 2004) and wife Germaine Geens (Begijnendijk, 1 December 1921 – Begijnendijk, 23 November 2004),[9] he attended Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in Brussels
(until 1965), where Ancient Greek
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. Later he studied at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
and received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy
(1968) and a master's degree in Applied Economics
(1971).[10] He worked at the Belgian Central Bank
Central Bank
from 1972 to 1975.[11] From 1980 to 1987 he was a Lecturer
at the Handelshogeschool Antwerpen (now Lessius University College); from 1982 he was also a lecturer at the Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool Brussel (VLEKHO now Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel).[10] Family[edit] Van Rompuy is married to Geertrui Windels, with whom he has four children: Peter (born 1980), Laura (born 1981), Elke (born 1983) and Thomas (born 1986). His eldest son, Peter, is active in the Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V) party and stood as a candidate in the Belgian regional elections of 2009.[12][13] His younger brother, Eric Van Rompuy, is also a politician in the CD&V and was a minister in the Flemish Government
Flemish Government
from 1995 to 1999.[14] His sister, Tine Van Rompuy, is a member of the Workers Party of Belgium. He has another sister, Anita Van Rompuy, who is not politically active, married to Arne van der Graesen.[9] Political career[edit] Early career[edit] Van Rompuy was the chairman of the national Christian People's Party's (CVP) youth council (1973–1977). From 1975 to 1980 he worked in the ministerial cabinets of Leo Tindemans
Leo Tindemans
and Gaston Geens. In 1978 he was elected a member of the national CVP's bureau (1978–present). He first was elected to the Belgian Senate
Belgian Senate
in 1988 and served until 1995. In 1988 he shortly served as Secretary of State for Finance and for Small and Medium Enterprises before becoming the national chairman of the CVP (1988–1993).[citation needed] Belgian Minister of Budget (1993–1999)[edit] Van Rompuy was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget from September 1993 to July 1999 in the two governments led by Jean-Luc Dehaene. As budget minister, together with finance minister Philippe Maystadt, he helped drive down Belgium's debt from a peak of 135% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 1993. It fell to below 100% of GDP in 2003.[11] Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives
Belgian Chamber of Representatives
(1995–2009)[edit] He was elected to the Belgian Chamber of Representatives
Belgian Chamber of Representatives
in the 1995 general election, but as he remained a minister, he was barred from taking the seat while holding that office. After his party's defeat in the 1999 Belgian general election, he became a member of the Chamber of Representatives. He was re-elected in 2003 and 2007. In 2004, he was designated Minister of State. Position on Turkish accession to the union[edit] See also: Accession of Turkey to the European Union Before he was President, Van Rompuy expressed reticence about possible Turkish membership of the EU. In 2004, he stated "An enlargement [of the EU] with Turkey is not in any way comparable with previous enlargement waves. Turkey is not Europe and will never be Europe." He continued "But it's a matter of fact that the universal values which are in force in Europe, and which are also the fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigour with the entry of a large Islamic country such as Turkey."[15] As President, Van Rompuy has avoided opposing Turkish membership. On 23 December 2010, he said "Turkish reform efforts have delivered impressive results." He continued "Turkey plays an ever more active role in its neighbourhood. Turkey is also a full-standing member of the G-20, just like five EU countries and the EU itself. In my view, even before an outcome of the negotiations, the European Union
European Union
should develop a close partnership with the Turkish Republic."[16] President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives (2007–2008)[edit]

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After eight years in opposition, CD&V (formerly known as CVP) returned to government. On 12 July 2007, Van Rompuy was elected as the President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, succeeding Herman De Croo.[17] Prime Minister of Belgium[edit] Main article: Van Rompuy I Government On 28 December 2008, following the 2007–2008 Belgian political crisis, Van Rompuy was asked by King Albert II to form a new government[18] after he was reluctant to take up the role of prime minister.[19] He was sworn in as Belgian prime minister on 30 December 2008. Taxes[edit] On 13 October 2009 Bloomberg reported that the government of Herman Van Rompuy would seek to tax banks and nuclear power to tame the deficit.[20] Quote on financial recovery[edit] "We are in the early stages of a recovery and at this time it is important not to weaken burgeoning confidence and to lay the foundations of a sustainable recovery,” Van Rompuy said in a speech to parliament in Brussels. "Most important is to keep the direction. That will also provide stability and support."[21] Policy on government debt[edit] On 13 October Bloomberg reported the following about Van Rompuy's Government Debt Policy: " Belgium
will trim its budget deficit to 5.3% of gross domestic product in 2011 from almost 5.7% both this year and next, according to a slide presentation handed out by State Secretary for the Budget Melchior Wathelet. Van Rompuy told Parliament earlier today that the deficit would widen to 5.4% of GDP this year. Belgium's deficit will be little changed next year as the shortfall at the level of regional governments and municipalities will widen to 1.5% of GDP from 0.7%, offsetting efforts by the federal government to trim its deficit. Government debt will start exceeding one year's worth of national output as of 2010[update], according to European Commission forecasts. Belgium
had trimmed debt to as little as 84% of GDP in 2007, before bailouts of Fortis, Dexia SA, KBC Group NV and mutual insurer Ethias Group increased the nation's borrowing costs and inflated the debt ratio to 89.6% at the end of last year."[21] Negotiations and dispute with GDF Suez[edit] On 22 October 2009 Reuters reported that the Van Rompuy government had signed a commitment with GDF Suez for nuclear power fees to Belgium. The outstanding dispute with GDF concerns the €250 million fee that Belgium
is attempting to charge GDF for 2009 as part of its "Renewable Energy Fund" as stated in the article: " Belgium
has also charged nuclear producers a total of 250 million euros for 2008 and the same for 2009, as well as 250 million euros this year payable to a renewable energy fund. These fees remain in dispute. The producers are challenging the 2008 payment in Belgium's constitutional court. A spokesman for Van Rompuy said the government would pass a law to enforce the 500 million euro charge for this year, adding that this could also be contested by GDF Suez."[22] President of the European Council[edit]

Van Rompuy in a joint press conference with José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission
President of the European Commission
in May 2010

Herman Van Rompuy
Herman Van Rompuy
with Nicos Anastasiades

On 19 November 2009, Van Rompuy was chosen unanimously by the European Council, at an informal meeting in Brussels, to be the first full-time President of the European Council;[23] for the period of 1 December 2009 (the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon) until 31 May 2012. He took up his position officially on 1 January 2010. Gordon Brown also praised Van Rompuy as "a consensus-builder" who had "brought a period of political stability to his country after months of uncertainty".[24] This opinion is shared by others; he has been described as the painstaking builder of impossible compromises (l'horloger des compromis impossibles)[25] A statement made by Van Rompuy at a news conference after his selection illustrates his approach:

"Every country should emerge victorious from negotiations. A negotiation that ends with a defeated party is never a good negotiation. I will consider everyone's interests and sensitivities. Even if our unity remains our strength, our diversity remains our wealth." He has also described his role of chairing a body composed of 27 heads of state or government (and finding consensus among them) as being "neither a spectator, nor a dictator, but a facilitator"

Not all parties and fractions had positive words when Herman Van Rompuy took office. Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage
of the UK Independence Party attacked the freshly appointed president by saying : "you have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low grade bank clerk".[26] He was fined 3000 Euros (ten days pay) for this by the Bureau of the European Parliament. In a November 2009 press conference, Van Rompuy related to global governance by stating: "2009 is also the first year of global governance with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of a financial crisis; the climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the global management of our planet."[27] Van Rompuy referred to the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009. In or just before the first months of his presidency Van Rompuy visited all EU member states,[28][29] he also organised an informal meeting of the heads of state of the EU. The meeting took place on 11 February 2010 in the Solvay Library (Brussels), topics to be discussed were the future direction of the economic policies of the EU, the outcome of the Copenhagen Conference and the then recent earthquake in Haiti.[30] In fact, the meeting was in part taken over by the growing sovereign debt crisis (at that time, Greece), which was to become the hall mark of Van Rompuy's first two years as President. With EU member states holding divergent positions on this issue, he had to find compromises, not least between France
and Germany, at subsequent European Council meetings and summits of Eurozone heads of state or government leading to the establishment of the three-year European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM)and the European Financial Stability Facility
European Financial Stability Facility
(EFSF) in May 2010 to provide loans to Greece (and later Ireland and Portugal) to help stabilise their borrowing costs, but subject to strict conditions.

Van Rompuy with Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and Barroso

The European Council
European Council
also gave him the assignment of chairing a task force on economic governance, composed of personal representatives (mostly ministers of finance) of the heads of government, which reported ahead of schedule to the October 2010 European Council. Its report, which proposed stronger macro-economic co-ordination within the EU in general and the Eurozone in particular and also a tightening of the Stability and Growth Pact was endorsed by the European Council. The latter also charged him with preparing, by December 2010, a proposal for a limited change to the Treaty required to enable a more permanent financial stability mechanism. His draft – for an addition to Article 136 TFEU, pertaining to the Eurozone – was endorsed by the European Council
European Council
at its October 2010 meeting.

Van Rompuy with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

His second year in office, 2011, was also marked by a deterioration of the Greek debt crisis, leading to Van Rompuy calling an extraordinary meeting of the Eurozone heads of state or government in July to adopt a first package of further measures (notably longer term loans at lower interest rates, private sector debt-writedown, further fiscal consolidation in Greece) and again in October (in conjunction with full European Council
European Council
meetings) to contain contagion from Greece to other countries (through bank recapitalisation across Europe and by leveraging the firepower of the EFSF to about €1 trillion). His first two years were also marked by his role in co-ordinating European positions on the world stage at G8 and G20 summits and bilateral summits, such as the tense 5 October 2010 EU-China summit. He called a special European Council
European Council
at short notice in early 2011 on the emerging Libya crisis, which, in agreeing conditions for military intervention, made it impossible for Germany
to oppose such intervention once the conditions were fulfilled. On 1 March 2012 Herman Van Rompuy
Herman Van Rompuy
was re-elected unanimously as President of the European Council
President of the European Council
by the heads of state or government of the 27 EU member states. President Van Rompuy's second term has lasted for two and a half years, from 1 June 2012 to 30 November 2014. After this second mandate he could not have been re-elected because the European Council
European Council
President's term of office can only be extended once. Herman Van Rompuy
Herman Van Rompuy
was also appointed as the first President of the Euro
Summit, and this for the same term of office as his Presidency of the European Council. The Euro
Summit meetings are to take place at least twice a year. In 2014, Van Rompuy was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize
Charlemagne Prize
of Aachen
for his EU role.[31][32] Honours and awards[edit] Belgian honours[edit]


Created Count
van Rompuy, by Royal Decree of 8 July 2015 of King Philippe.[33] Minister of State, by Royal decree of 26 January 2004.[34] Order of Leopold:

Commander, by Royal decree of 22 May 2003.[35] Grand Cordon, by Royal decree of 23 December 2009.[36]

Foreign honours[edit]

 Benin: Grand Cross of the National Order of Benin[37]  France: Grand Officier of the Legion of Honour[37]  Ivory Coast: Grand Officer of the National Order of the Ivory Coast[37]  Japan: Grand Cordon (or 1st Class) of the Order of the Rising Sun[38]  Netherlands: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau (10 October 2014)[39]  Romania: Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Romania[37]  Slovakia: Grand Officer (or 2nd Class) of the Order of the White Double Cross[37] Gold Medal of the Jean Monnet
Jean Monnet
Foundation for Europe, in 2014.  Slovenia: Order for Exceptional Merits [40]

Honorary citizenships[edit]

Beersel, Belgium
(13 May 2012)[37] De Haan, Belgium
(7 July 2012)[37] Olen, Belgium
(3 October 2013)[37] Matsuyama, Japan
(18 November 2013)[37] Kortessem, Belgium
(16 May 2014)[37]

Honorary degrees[edit]


Doctor honoris causa
Doctor honoris causa
from the Catholic University of Louvain (2 February 2010)[41] Doctor honoris causa
Doctor honoris causa
from the Ghent University
Ghent University
(18 March 2011)[42] Doctor honoris causa
Doctor honoris causa
from the Catholic University of Leuven (1 June 2012)[43]

 Japan: Doctor honoris causa
Doctor honoris causa
from the Kobe University
Kobe University
(4 March 2011)[44]  Azerbaijan: Doctor honoris causa
Doctor honoris causa
from the Azerbaijan
University of Languages (5 July 2012)[45]  Vietnam: Doctor honoris causa
Doctor honoris causa
from the Vietnam
National University, Hanoi (1 November 2012)[46]  Spain: Doctor honoris causa
Doctor honoris causa
from the CEU San Pablo University (12 December 2013)[47]  Benin: Doctor honoris causa
Doctor honoris causa
from the University of Abomey-Calavi (21 February 2014)[48]  Netherlands: Doctor honoris causa
Doctor honoris causa
from the VU University Amsterdam (20 October 2015)[49]  Scotland: Honorary LL.D. degree from the University of St Andrews (21 June 2016)[50]  England: Honorary D.C.L. degree from the University of Kent
University of Kent
(14 July 2016)[51]


 Germany: Charlemagne Prize
Charlemagne Prize
(29 May 2014)[37]  Netherlands: Benelux-Europa Prize (12 June 2010)[37]  Belgium: Harvard Club of Belgium
Leadership Prize (8 September 2010)[37]  Luxembourg: Collier du Mérite européen awarded by the European Merit Foundation (25 November 2010)[37][52]  Spain: Nueva Economía Forum Prize (10 December 2010)[37]  Belgium: Golden medal of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (14 January 2012)[37]  Belgium: 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 February 2012)[37]  Netherlands: Otto von der Gablentz Prize (18 April 2012)[37]  Austria: European Prize Coudenhove-Kalergi (16 November 2012)[37]  Belgium: Michele de Gianni Award (4 October 2013)[37]  Poland: Golden Business Centre Club Statuette Award, awarded at the Grand Gala of Polish Business Leaders, Warsaw (25 January 2014)[37]  Germany: ESMT Responsible Leadership Award, awarded by the European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, (3 July 2014)[37]  Netherlands: Comenius prize (2 April 2016)[53]

President's cabinet[edit] Although the European Council
European Council
is, under the terms of the Lisbon treaty, a separate institution of the EU, it does not have its own administration. The administrative support for both the European Council and its president is provided by the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. The president does have, however, his own private office (cabinet) of close advisers. Van Rompuy chose as his chief of staff (chef de cabinet) Baron Frans van Daele, formerly Belgian ambassador to, variously, the USA, the UN, the EU and NATO and chief of staff of several Belgian foreign ministers. Also in his team are the former UK Labour MEP Richard Corbett, former Hungarian Ambassador to NATO Zoltan Martinusz, former head of the EU's economic & financial committee Odile Renaud-Basso, Luuk van Middelaar, his main speech writer, and Van Rompuy's long standing press officer Dirk De Backer.[54] In 2013 Frans Van Daele retired both as a diplomat and as chief of Staff of Van Rompuy, and was appointed chief of staff to king Philippe.[55] He was succeeded as chief of staff of Herman Van Rompuy by Didier Seeuws. References[edit]

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Herman Van Rompuy
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European Council
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Kobe University
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Political offices

Preceded by Mieke Offeciers Minister of the Budget 1993–1999 Succeeded by Johan Vande Lanotte

Preceded by Herman De Croo President of the Chamber of Representatives 2007–2008 Succeeded by Patrick Dewael

Preceded by Yves Leterme Prime Minister of Belgium 2008–2009 Succeeded by Yves Leterme

Preceded by Fredrik Reinfeldt President of the European Council 2009–2014 Succeeded by Donald Tusk

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Preceded by David Cameron Chairperson of the Group of 7 2014 Alongside with José Manuel Barroso Succeeded by Angela Merkel

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Recipients of the Charlemagne Prize


1950 Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi 1951 Hendrik Brugmans 1952 Alcide De Gasperi 1953 Jean Monnet 1954 Konrad Adenauer 1955 1956 Winston Churchill 1957 Paul-Henri Spaak 1958 Robert Schuman 1959 George Marshall 1960 Joseph Bech 1961 Walter Hallstein 1962 1963 Edward Heath 1964 Antonio Segni 1965 1966 Jens Otto Krag 1967 Joseph Luns 1968 1969 European Commission 1970 François Seydoux de Clausonne 1971 1972 Roy Jenkins 1973 Salvador de Madariaga 1974 1975


1976 Leo Tindemans 1977 Walter Scheel 1978 Konstantinos Karamanlis 1979 Emilio Colombo 1980 1981 Simone Veil 1982 King Juan Carlos I 1983 1984 1985 1986 People of Luxembourg 1987 Henry Kissinger 1988 François Mitterrand / Helmut Kohl 1989 Brother Roger 1990 Gyula Horn 1991 Václav Havel 1992 Jacques Delors 1993 Felipe González 1994 Gro Harlem Brundtland 1995 Franz Vranitzky 1996 Queen Beatrix 1997 Roman Herzog 1998 Bronisław Geremek 1999 Tony Blair 2000 Bill Clinton


2001 György Konrád 2002 Euro 2003 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing 2004 Pat Cox / Pope John Paul II1 2005 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi 2006 Jean-Claude Juncker 2007 Javier Solana 2008 Angela Merkel 2009 Andrea Riccardi 2010 Donald Tusk 2011 Jean-Claude Trichet 2012 Wolfgang Schäuble 2013 Dalia Grybauskaitė 2014 Herman Van Rompuy 2015 Martin Schulz 2016 Pope Francis 2017 Timothy Garton Ash

1 Received extraordinary prize.

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