|Herman Van Rompuy
President of the European Council The European Council, the EU’s top political institution, sets the EU’s goals and the course for achieving them. It comprises the presidents or prime ministers of the Member States, together with the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council.Herman Van Rompuy is the president of the European Council. He chairs the European Council and drives forward its work; ensures the preparation and continuity of the Council’s work; facilitates cohesion and consensus within the Council; and reports to the European Parliament after each European Council meeting.The President of the European Council represents the EU abroad on foreign and security matters at the level of heads of state and government.For More Information
President of the European Commission The president of the European Commission—the EU’s executive body—provides direction to the European Commission as it represents the interests of the EU as a whole, drafts proposals for new European laws, and manages the day-to-day business of implementing EU policies and spending EU funds.The European Commission has jurisdiction over specific external policy issues, such as trade and the implementation of development assistance, and the President of the European Commission represents the EU abroad on these matters at the level of heads of state and government.For More Information
President of the European Parliament The President of the European Parliament, currently Martin Schulz, is elected by its members to serve a 2½ year renewable term, and oversees all of the activities of Parliament and its bodies.Among other functions, he chairs the plenary sittings of Parliament, the Conference of the Presidents of Political Groups, and the Bureau of Parliament.He addresses the European Council prior to each of its meetings, and also represents Parliament in its international relations.The President of the European Parliament signs the EU budget into being and also signs all legislative acts adopted by codecision.
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