Donald Tusk, President of the European Council
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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 committed 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
Discussions on the different elements of the proposal will start this week with the objective to reach an agreement at the upcoming European Council on 18-19 February.
Upcoming European Council, 18-19 February 2016
The European Council will focus on two main issues:
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.
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.
On 9 February 2016, President of the European Council Donald Tusk met with Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 8-12 February 2016
At the London conference on Syria President Donald Tusk announced the EU pledge of more than € 3 billion to assist the Syrian people
The EU announces it will triple its support to Syria and the region at the London conference
On 2 February 2016 President Tusk presented his proposal for a new settlement for the UK within the European Union
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 31 January - 5 February 2016
On 25 January 2016 President Donald Tusk sent a letter of congratulations to the future President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
On 25 January 2016 President Donald Tusk sent a letter of congratulations to the new Prime Minister of Croatia Tihomir Orešković.
President Donald Tusk and Prime Minister of Lebanon Tamman Salam met in Brussels and discussed common challenges of refugee crisis, counter-terrorism and Syria.
President Donald Tusk addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the outcome of the European Council of 17-18 December 2015.
President Tusk and President Duda discussed current challenges in European politics, including the UK referendum, migration issues, the situation in Ukraine and energy security.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 18 -22 January 2016
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 11-15 January 2016
On 18 December 2015 President Tusk held a press conference at the end of the second session of the European Council meeting.
Press conference by President Donald Tusk following the first working session of the European Council held on 17 December 2015.
On 17 December 2015 President Donald Tusk highlighted the main topics of the upcoming European Council meeting
On 16 December 2015 President Donald Tusk addressed the press before his meeting with President Poroshenko of Ukraine together with Presidents Juncker and Schulz.
On 15 December 2015 President Donald Tusk sent an invitation letter to the European Council meeting to the EU Heads of State or Government.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 14 - 18 December 2015
On 8 December 2015, President Tusk received the letters of credentials from three new ambassadors to the European Union
The February European Council will focus on United Kingdom and migration issues.
At their meeting in December, EU leaders discussed migration topics, the fight against terrorism, the Five Presidents' report on the Economic and Monetary Union, the completion of the single market, and the UK plans for the referendum.
Paris hosted the 21st session of the UN Conference of the Parties (COP 21) which reached a new international agreement on climate change.
The 28 EU heads of state or government held a meeting with Turkey. They agreed on a joint action plan to address the migration crisis and to re-energise Turkey's accession process.
The world's leading economies have concluded the G20 summit in Antalya Turkey affirming their resolve to fight terrorism and address the migration and refugee crisis.
EU leaders held an informal meeting to accelerate the implementation of the decisions taken on the migration crisis and cooperation with Turkey.
An international summit to discuss migration issues between EU and African leaders took place in Valletta on 11-12 November 2015.
EU leaders focused on migration at their meeting in October. They also take stock of discussions on the Economic and Monetary Union and the plans for the referendum in the UK.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, spoke at the UN 70th General Assembly on behalf of the EU.
The informal meeting of EU leaders on 23 September 2015 discussed an overall approach to the refugee crisis and the necessity to establish a credible European migration policy.
The 8th bilateral summit between the EU and the Republic of Korea took place in Seoul on 15 September 2015.
At the 17th bilateral EU-China summit, leaders celebrated the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations.
EU leaders addressed migration, security challenges and economic issues.
Leaders of the EU and Mexico agreed to foster a closer and stronger strategic partnership at the 7th EU-Mexico summit.
On 10-11 June 2015, the EU-CELAC summit brought together European, Latin American and Caribbean leaders in Brussels to strengthen relations between both regions
The 2015 G7 summit in Germany focused on the global economy and climate change as well as on key foreign, security and development issues.