Donald Tusk, new President of the European Council
EU News 479/2014
1 December 2014
On 1 December 2014, Donald Tusk, the former Prime Minister of Poland, replaced Herman Van Rompuy as the President of the European institution.
Donald Tusk was elected by the 28 EU heads of state or government - on 30 August 2014, for an initial term of 2,5 years. His predecessor, Herman Van Rompuy, was the first President of the European Council, in office from 2009 to 2014.
Donald Tusk explained what he wants to achieve for Europe in these difficult times:
• he is deeply committed to protect the EU fundamental values of freedom and solidarity, and preserve the unity of the EU against internal and external threats
• he is strongly determined to end the economic crisis and feels responsible to complete a genuine Economic and Monetary Union
• internationally, he wants the EU to be strong and support countries in the neighbourhood who share the same democratic values
• he emphasised that the transatlantic relations between Europe and the United States are the backbone of the community of democracies
Source and additional information:
(L) Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council. © Maciej Smiarowski Shoot location: Warsaw - POLAND Shoot date: 20/11/2014 (C)EU, 2014 and (R) From left to right: Mr Donald TUSK, incoming President of the European Council; Mr Herman VAN ROMPUY, outgoing President of the European Council. Shoot location: Brussels - BELGIUM Shoot date: 01/12/2014 (C)EU, 2014 URL