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Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

In the spotlight

EU leaders meeting with Turkey

President Donald Tusk has called a meeting of EU heads of state or government with Turkey on 29 November 2015. The meeting marks an important step in developing EU-Turkey relations and contributing to managing the migration crisis.

It  follows a series of high level talks between the European Commission and Turkey as well as a number of bilateral meetings by President Tusk with President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Davutoğlu.

Visit to the Western Balkans countries, 21-25 November 2015

President Donald Tusk visited the countries of the Western Balkans. He met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade before flying to Albania for a meeting with Prime Minister Edi Rama, and a visit to Skopje to see President Gjorge Ivanov and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. 

Last Tuesday, he was in Sarajevo for a meeting with the Chairman of the Presidency Dragan Čović, before attending the Brdo-Brijuni Process Summit in Zagreb, on Wednesday, and meeting US Vice-President Joe Biden.

The overall purpose of the trip was to discuss how the European Union and the countries in the Western Balkans region can cooperate closer to stem and manage the flow of migrants. The trip followed similar trips by President Tusk to Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia, as well as the recent summit in Valletta with African countries.

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.