EU President to talk to the UN General Assembly

The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, will address the UN
General Assembly in New York on 22 September.

On the eve of his departure, Herman Van Rompuy said: "It is a great honour for me to be
the first EU representative to address the gathering of world leaders at the UN. I am keen
to promote at the UN General Assembly the EU’s position on climate change, sustainable
development, the Arab Spring and the Middle East peace process and global

During his stay in New York from 20 to 23 September, President Van Rompuy will also
meet bilaterally with a number of other heads of state and deliver a speech at the New
York University school of law on the subject: "Europe and the United States: a
transatlantic dialogue".

A UN resolution adopted in May invites the EU to participate in the general debate of the
General Assembly and establishes the right for EU external representatives to present the
positions of the EU and its member states at the UN. According to the EU Treaty, it is the
President of the European Council that represents the EU at the level of heads of state, as is
the case in the UN General Assembly. Prior to this resolution, EU positions were expressed
through representatives of the rotating Council presidency at the UN General Assembly.


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