Herman Van Rompuy

Herman Van Rompuy | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Herman Van Rompuy | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, President, European Council Prime Minister, Belgium Belgian Minister Of Budget
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Herman Van Rompuy | Speaker Biography

Herman Van Rompuy is a Belgian politician who served as prime minister of Belgium from 2008 to 2009. In November 2009, he became the first permanent president of the European Council, the European Union's main decision-making body, starting his term on January 1, 2010. Van Rompuy holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy (1968) and a master's degree in economics (1971) from the Catholic University of Leuven. He began his career as an economist at the National Bank of Belgium in 1972 and entered politics the following year, serving as the vice president of the youth section of the centre-right Flemish Christian Democrat party. Van Rompuy left banking in 1975 and joined the Christian Democrats' national office within three years. He served as president of the party from 1988 to 1993. In 1993, he became the deputy prime minister and budget minister, where he successfully reduced the country's public debt. After the Christian Democrats' defeat in the 1999 general election, he became a member of the Chamber of Representatives and was named minister of state in 2004. When the Christian Democrats regained the majority in July 2007, Van Rompuy was appointed as the leader of the Chamber of Representatives. In December 2008, he reluctantly replaced Prime Minister Yves Leterme, who had resigned amid allegations of improper conduct. Van Rompuy's term as prime minister saw a decrease in tension between Belgium's French-speaking and Flemish communities. Due to his diplomatic skills, he was chosen as the president of the European Council after the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in November 2009. Van Rompuy was known as a compromise candidate who would work towards reconciling the interests of the 27-member European Union. He is also recognized for his personal life and academic pursuits, including spiritual retreats and composing haiku in Flemish. To book Herman Van Rompuy, please contact us here.

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