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Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

In the spotlight

President Tusk pledged more than €3 billion for Syrians, 4 February

President Donald Tusk attended, together with EU High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioners Hahn and Stylanides, the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference in London.

At the conference, President Tusk announced a €3 billion EU contribution to the international community's humanitarian efforts for 2016. 

The European Union and its member states collectively are leading the international response to the crisis. More than €5 billion aid had already been mobilised to assist Syrians in their country and to refugees and their host communities in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt.

Syria is the world's biggest humanitarian crisis. The conference co-hosted by the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, and the United Nations, brought together world leaders to raise funds needed to help millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict in the region.

At the conference, leaders also commited to work together to:

  • raise significant new funding for urgent humanitarian aid and longer-term needs
  • set ambitious goals on education and economic opportunities to transform the lives of people affected by the conflict in Syria but also of refugees in neighbouring countries
  • demand protection for civilians and to work for a political solution to bring the Syrian conflict to an end

Proposal for a new settlement for the UK within the European Union

On 2 February 2016, President Donald Tusk has put forward a proposal for a new settlement addressing all the concerns raised by Prime Minister Cameron. This should serve as a good basis to negotiate a compromise with all 28 member states.

"To be, or not to be together, that is the question which must be answered not only by the British people in a referendum, but also by the other 27 members of the EU in the next two weeks."

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

Upcoming European Council, 18-19 February 2016 

The European Council will focus on two main issues:

United Kingdom

Following the discussions at the December 2015 European Council on the UK plans for an (in/out) referendum, President Donald Tusk has put forward a proposal for a new settlement addressing all the concerns raised by Prime Minister Cameron. 

This proposal should serve as a basis to reach an agreement at the upcoming European Council.

Migration

The European Council will take stock of  the implementation of its decisions taken in response to the migration and refugee crisis

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.