The European Council in 2013
In this fourth instalment of his annual report, President Herman Van Rompuy takes stock of the institution's activities. The brochure also includes all of the 2013 European Council conclusions, statements and reports. Some of the main events at the focus of the European Council's attention in 2013 included the consolidation of the first signs of recovery after the financial crisis, the battle for growth and jobs, the situation in Syria and Ukraine, and the shipwreck of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean. It was also the year that 27 became 28 when Croatia joined the EU in July.