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Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

In the spotlight

European Council, 15-16 October 2015 

The European Union and its member states are intensifying efforts to respond to the refugee and migration crisis and establish an effective, humanitarian and safe European migration policy.

EU leaders will continue to discuss migration in all its aspects at the upcoming European Council on 15-16 October.

Preparations for the Valletta Summit on migration  and a follow-up on the high-level conference on the Western Balkans route will also be on the agenda.

EU leaders are also expected to take stock of the discussions on the Economic and Monetary Union and be informed on the plans for the referendum in the UK.

Meeting with President Erdoğan, Brussels, 5 October 2015 

President Tusk met with Turkey President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Brussels on Monday 5 October to discuss bilateral and international relations, particularly cooperation on the refugee and migration crisis.

EU leaders agreed at their informal meeting on 23 September, to reinforce the dialogue with Turkey at all levels.

President Tusk has intensified contacts with Turkey recently. Both leaders already met twice this month, after the visit by President Tusk to Ankara on 9 September. He also met with Prime Minister Davutoğlu at the UN General Assembly last week.

Presidents Tusk and Erdoğan discussed financial assistance, border management, fight against smugglers, integration policies, visa liberalisation, and a possible buffer zone in Syria.

They also discussed the urgent need to find a solution to the conflict in Syria, the upcoming parliamentary elections in Turkey and the Cyprus settlement process.

After their bilateral meeting, discussions between President Tusk and President Erdoğan went on at a working dinner, with Presidents Juncker and Schulz.

As of  1 December 2014, Donald Tusk heads the European Council - the institution that sets the EU's political direction and priorities. He is responsible for preparing and chairing meetings of the institution. He also ensures the external representation of the EU's common foreign and security policy at his level.