Belgium’s Herman Van Rompuy is standing for a new term as term as European Council President. The reappointment of the Flemish Christian democrat politician is expected to be rubberstamped by a European Council at the beginning of March.
Mr Van Rompuy is the first politician to fill the post created in 2009 stepping down as Belgian Premier to accept the job.
Mr Van Rompuy’s two and a half year term is nearing its end, but it is understood that no other contender has come forward to fill his shoes. European Council Presidents can only serve two terms in office.
During the past two years Mr Van Rompuy has mainly concentrated his efforts on trying to solve the Eurozone debt crisis.