European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was thrilled at the end of the last summit of his term on Friday, saying he would be proud "to the end of his life" for serving Europe, and praised the relationship with Portugal.
"I will be proud until the end of my life that I was able to serve Europe, thank you," Juncker said in a cracked, visibly thrilled voice at the press conference of the last European Council that attended as a leader of the EU executive.
Leaving the room, questioned by journalists about his relationship with Portugal, Juncker stressed that he had developed "one of the best cooperations I've had in my life".
Jean-Claude Juncker took a four-year term as President of the European Commission in November 2014, but was leader of the Eurogroup – informal forum bringing together Eurozone finance ministers – between 2005 and 2013.
He was Prime Minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013.
Although his term of office officially ends on 31 October, the "Juncker Commission" is expected to remain in office for another month because of difficulties for Ursula von der Leyen in forming his team after the European Parliament rejected three Commissioners-designate. : from France, Hungary and Romania.