Constructive meeting with European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy

I attended a meeting this morning with the recently appointed President of the European Council and ex-Belgian Prime Minister, Herman Van Rompuy.

We had a serious debate about the way forward and the European Union’s role in steering Europe out of the current economic crisis and how Member States can take coordinated action to bolster our economies and create jobs and combat climate change.

It was a frank but constructive exchange of views and I also took the opportunity to remind Mr Van Rompuy that Nigel Farage, who launched such an undignified personal and vitriolic attack on both Mr Van Rompuy and Belgium last week in the chamber, does not reflect the mainstream views of the British people.

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