Donald Tusk, President of the European Council
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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)
- a 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.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 5-11 December 2016
Following their meetings, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and the President of the Republic of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi have approved a joint press release.
At their meeting, President Tusk and Prime MInister Kvirikashvili discussed EU-Georgia relations including reforms and visa liberalisation.
President Donald Tusk replied to Mr Tomlinson and some UK MPs on their concern regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens living and working in Europe.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 28 November - 4 December 2016
The 18th EU-Ukraine summit provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss the latest developments in their bilateral relations, including reforms and visas.
President Donald Tusk congratulated the new Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 21-27 November 2016
President Donald Tusk congratulated President-elect of Bulgaria Rumen Radev
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 14-20 November 2016
President Tusk received the letters of credentials from six new ambassadors to the European Union
In his statement, President Tusk underlined the strong links and shared values between EU and US, and called for European and Transatlantic unity
Presidents Donald Tusk and Jean Claude Juncker congratulated Donald J. Trump, the President-elect of the United States of America
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 7-13 November 2016.
After the EU-Canada summit on 30 October, President Tusk made remarks on the outcome of the meeting.
President Donald Tusk congratulated the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 24-30 October 2016
After the debate in Strasbourg, President Donald Tusk delivered his final remarks to the European Parliament plenary session.
President Donald Tusk presented the outcome of the European Council meeting on 20 and 21 October 2016 to the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg
President Donald Tusk held a press conference at the end of the second day of the European Council meeting on 21 October 2016.
The tripartite summit is a forum for dialogue between the EU institutions at president level and the European social partners at top management level.
The heads of state or government of the 27 will meet in Malta to continue a political reflection on further development of an EU with 27 member countries.
The European Council will discuss the most pressing issues, including migration, security, economy and youth, and external relations.
The President of the European Council hosted the 18th EU-Ukraine summit. Leaders discussed EU-Ukraine relations.
EU and Canada signed a free trade agreement and strategic partnership agreement.
The October European Council focused on migration, trade and external relations.
The Tripartite Social Summit is a forum for dialogue between the EU institutions at president level and the European social partners at top management level.
On 5 October, the European Union and the government of Afghanistan co-hosted the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. This conference brought together 75 countries and 26 international organisations and agencies.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, spoke at the UN 71st General Assembly on behalf of the EU.
The heads of state or government of the 27 met in Bratislava to begin a political reflection on further development of an EU with 27 member countries.
G20 leaders met in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September 2016 and adopted a communique.
At ASEM's 20th anniversary, leaders defined the future direction for cooperation and discussed economic cooperation, connectivity and global and regional challenges.
The 18th bilateral summit between the EU and China focused on political and economic relations as well as global and regional issues.
Leaders focused on projecting stability to the East and South and on Afghanistan. The EU and NATO signed a joint declaration. Presidents Tusk and Juncker met US President Barack Obama for an EU-US leaders meeting.
The European Council discussed the outcome of the UK referendum held on 23 June 2016.