With days of contentious negotiations behind them, the EU’s leaders have settled on Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel to be the new president of the European Council.

“This is a big responsibility,” said Michel who added that he expected Ursula von der Leyen to be named as the new President of the European Commission.

With Tusk’s mandate expiring on 1 December, Michel is given an initial mandate of 2.5 years, which can be extended once. The President of the European Council prepares the European summits, acts as a mediator between the bloc’s leaders, and represents the European Union on the international stage. I

“Becoming President of the European Council is a major responsibility and a task that I will perform with determination,” said Michel while reiterating that he will do his best to deliver “a united Europe that respects national diversity.”