My right honourable friend the Prime Minister has made the following Ministerial Statement.
I attended an informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 19 November with other EU leaders, in which we agreed unanimously the appointments to the posts of President of the European Council; the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Secretary-General of the Council.
Leaders agreed on the nominations of Herman van Rompuy as the first President of the European Council and Baroness Ashton as High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. She will also be Vice-President of the European Commission and Head of the External Affairs Service. She will represent Europe on the world stage in international negotiations.
Leaders also agreed on the nomination of Pierre de Boissieu as the Secretary-General of the Council. The Secretary-General is the permanent official advising the new full-time President of the European Council on transition to the new working arrangements.