President Donald Tusk’s first week in office
Watch here impression from the President Donald Tusk’s first week in office.
President Donald Tusk ( of Polish origin ) took over the function from the outgoing President of Europe Herman Van Rompuy on the 1st of December.
During the handover ceremony the outgoing President of Europe Herman Van Rompuy in his speech said: ”It is a president coming from a country that, 25 years and a few weeks ago, was separated from the Union by the Iron Curtain. Now the favourite son of Poland is at the helm of the most important political institution of our Union. It really is a special moment. […] I am confident that the European Council is in good hands, in the hands of a man of experience and wisdom, a true European, an open mind and an open heart.”
Donald Tusk stressed out the importance of sucess of Europe. He mentioned four priorities:
1. Protecting main values, such as solidarity, freedom, unity against the threats to the Union.
2. Determination to end economic crisis.
3. The European Union must be strong internationally
4. The relations between Europe and the United States of Amercia are the backbone of the community of the democracies.
You can find the video of the ceremony and the speeches here:
The Speech of Donald Tusk can be found here:
The Speech of Herman Van Rompuy can be found here:
Sources and Photo: http://www.european-council.europa.eu/the-president