The European Council elects its top ranking officials
On August 30, at the special meeting of the European Council, the Heads of State or Government of the European Union elected Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland, as President of the European Council, thus concluding the discussion on the appointment of its top ranking officials. The Council also appointed Federica Mogherini, Foreign Affairs Minister of Italy, as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, acknowledged these appointments as a result of a compromise reached by taking account of the various interests of the EU Member States and the criteria of geographical balance, political affiliation and gender balance.
“I congratulate the Polish Prime Minister on the new challenges and sincerely wish him to fully use his experience in order to make the best decisions for EU’s development during the next two-and-a-half years in office,” said the Latvian Prime Minister. She underlined that during the discussions Latvia maintained a clear position that a representative of an EU Member State which joined the Union after 2004 should be appointed in a high-ranking post.
The Prime Minister also emphasised the responsibility of the EU High Representative in the current tough geopolitical situation and wished Federica Mogherini success and strength in developing EU’s foreign policies which would incorporate the priority interests of all the EU Member States.
In view of the agreement of 27 June 2014 on the strategic priorities the Heads of State or Government reiterated that the agenda of the EU should focus on jobs, economic growth and competitiveness.
The post of President of the European Council was established in 2009 with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon when it became one of the institutions of the Union. The European Council meets at least twice every six months, and it is a high-level political forum which defines the general political direction and policy priorities of the European Union.
The EU High Representative implements the common foreign and security policy of the EU, contributes to the development of this policy and enforces is in line with the powers assigned by the European Council; the High Representative is also the Head of the Foreign Affairs Council. The High Representative is one of the deputies of the President of the European Commission.
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