7th January 2013: Andrew Brons has received a reply from the European Commission to his Question Requiring a Written Answer regarding the Public Image of the President of the European Council.
"How many organisations and/or individuals advise the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy (above), with respect to his personal and public image? Is this paid for from EU funds? If so, how much has it cost?
"Will the Council make such reports and advice available to the public if they have been paid for out of public funds?"
The response from a Commission spokesperson was less than forthcoming in revealing any costs, saying:
"The President of the European Council is assisted by a Spokesperson and a Deputy Spokesperson who are tasked with the provision of information on the work of the President and the European Council.
"The President is also assisted by the Press Service of the General Secretariat of the Council."