By Irene Kostaki-Journalist, New Europe
With days of contentious negotiations behind them, the EU’s leaders have settled on Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel to be the new president of the European Council.
“This is a big responsibility,” said Michel who added that he expected Ursula von der Leyen to be named as the new President of the European Commission.
With Tusk’s mandate expiring on 1 December, Michel is given an initial mandate of 2.5 years, which can be extended once. The President of the European Council prepares the European summits, acts as a mediator between the bloc’s leaders, and represents the European Union on the international stage. I
“Becoming President of the European Council is a major responsibility and a task that I will perform with determination,” said Michel while reiterating that he will do his best to deliver “a united Europe that respects national diversity.”