Herman Van Rompuy is the current, and first, full time president of the European Council. When it comes to the market, van Rompuy is uncompromising. In his own words, he believes that, "Every country should emerge victorious from negotiations. A negotiation that ends with a defeated party is never a good negotiation. I will consider everyone's interests and sensitivities. Even if our unity remains our strength, our diversity remains our wealth."
Van Rompuy's idea of the perfect economy involves all European Union countries adhering to one set of rules, with a wide range of sanctions, fines and other punishments for those countries that do not follow the prescribed rules laid down by Brussels, in essence, restricting and regulating the European market.

In 2013, Herman Van Rompuy was a speaker at the plenary conference (May,2nd).