Donald Tusk elected as President of the EPP

FILE PHOTO: European Council President Donald Tusk looks on during a joint news conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the end of the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

The European People’s Party Congress has overwhelmingly elected Donald Tusk as the EPP President with 491 in favour (93%) and 37 against. His Presidency will start on 1 December 2019.

With new leadership, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) said it was ready to work on a concrete political strategy to tackle the challenges of the EU’s enlargement process and climate change.

Tusk will replace French former MEP Joseph Daul, who led the EPP since the end of 2013.

Donald Tusk was born in 1957 in Gdańsk, Poland. In 2001 he was one of the initiators of the centrist Civic Platform party, which he led from 2003. Tusk was Prime Minister from 2007-2014, making him the longest-serving premier in democratic Poland, and the first to be reelected.

Donald Tusk was elected President of the European Council in 2014, reelected for a second term in 2017.

Malta’s Nationalist Party, which forms part of the EPP, was represented by a delegation led by the party’s leader Adrian Delia and which included the Party’s Secretary General Clyde Puli and the PN’s International Secretary Dr Roselyn Borg Knight and MEP Roberta Metsola.