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New president will boost union’s world affairs role.

EU With One Voice

April 2010, Number 01.02

“The European Union now has a new president, which gives the union one voice. Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy became the first EU president. He took office Dec. 1, 2009, and will serve a 2 1/2-year term. Catherine Ashton, Britain’s EU trade commissioner, is the union’s new high representative for foreign affairs and security policy. She is also vice president of the European Commission.

Creation of the two posts took place after the Czech Republic completed and registered its national ratification in November 2009. As these key leaders take on their roles and responsibilities, the transition has reportedly gone more smoothly than originally anticipated.

Van Rompuy will be responsible for chairing council meetings and representing the EU on the global stage. He will also represent the council in relations with other EU institutions. His goals include helping Europe recover from the financial crisis and addressing climate change. He believes the Copenhagen climate talks failed to meet expectations but were a good foundation for further work...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “EU With One Voice,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 2, 2010: 62-63.

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