The current President of the European Council is Charles Michel. He started his first term on 1 December 2019. On 24 March 2022, he was re-elected President for a second term of two and a half years.
The role of the President is set out in Article 15 of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU). In particular, the President of the European Council is responsible for:
The President of the European Council also ensures the external representation of the EU at the level of heads of state or government:
The President of the European Council is elected by the European Council by a qualified majority. He is elected for a 2.5 year term, which is renewable once. In accordance with established practice, the rotating presidency is in charge of the coordination of the election process. During the European Council, which discusses the election of the President, it is the Head of State or Government representing the presidency that chairs this part of the meeting. The President may not hold a national office at the same time.