Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

In the spotlight

Meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia, 1 December 2016

President Donald Tusk met Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia in Brussels to discuss the relations between the country and the European Union. 

"I paid tribute to Georgia's ambitious reform programme under the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, for the benefit of Georgia and EU-Georgia relations. The EU will continue to assist you in this process," said Tusk after the meeting. 

He also thanked Georgia for its continued contributions to EU crisis management operations and for being a strong partner in the Eastern Partnership.

The leaders discussed the recent steps towards visa-free travel for Georgians. All the EU member states confirmed in October that Georgia has met all the required benchmarks. 

"We are now working hard on the EU side, and I want to underline only on the EU side because this is now only our internal problem, to make sure that the required visa suspension mechanism, which is a horizontal mechanism for all EU's visa arrangements, will be agreed as soon as possible," said Donald Tusk. 

Finally, the President of the European Council expressed concerns regarding the military cooperation agreement between Russia and the Abkhazia region and reassured that the EU will remain firm in its support of the territorial integrity of Georgia

Meeting with President of Tunisia, 1 December 2016 

President Donald Tusk met Béji Caïd Essebsi, President of the Republic of Tunisia in Brussels. They discussed recent transition and reforms in Tunisia, as well as the EU commitment to the partnership. 

Since the revolution in 2011, relations with the EU have become the priority of the Tunisian foreign policy. The EU supported the young democracy and doubled the financial aid to the country. In the joint statement issued on 1 December, the presidents of the EU institutions called for further reforms and development and confirmed the continuation of support.

EU-Ukraine summit, 24 November 2016

On Thursday 24 November Donald Tusk, President of the European Council hosted the 18th EU-Ukraine summit. He represented the EU together with Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission. President Petro Poroshenko represented Ukraine. 

Leaders focused their discussions on reforms in Ukraine. Since 2015 the country has worked on an ambitious reform agenda, with strong EU support.  

"We highly rate the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities, including those of President Poroshenko, to implement large-scale reforms in extremely difficult conditions. Ukraine's success will be the success of all of Europe," said President Donald Tusk at the press conference following the summit.  

The summit confirmed a further €104 million in support for public administration reform.  The two sides also signed: 

  • a financing agreement 'EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine' (€15 million support)
  • Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Energy Partnership between the EU and Ukraine 

The meeting was also an occasion to welcome recent steps towards visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens when travelling to the EU and vice versa. 

"I am happy that all EU Member States decided Ukraine is ready for a visa-free regime. This decision is a recognition of Ukraine's achievements in meeting European standards," said President Tusk.  

Furthermore EU and Ukraine leaders discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements

"Europe must do everything in its power to make sure that Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and stability are preserved," said President Tusk. "We continue to support the Minsk process and our sanctions are linked with the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements," he added.

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.