Donald Tusk, President of the European Council
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Visit to Ukraine, 28-29 September 2016
On an invitation from the Ukrainian government President Donald Tusk participated on 29 September in the commemorative ceremony of the 75th anniversary of Babi Yar assassination outside Kiev. It was one of the largest single massacres in the history of the Holocaust. Only in September 1941, German forces and its local collaborators killed there over 33 000 Jewish people. Thousands of other victims were murdered at this place until 1943.
"When we stand in silence at this mass grave, we need to remember that it is our daily duty to cry out at the top of our voice, and to act - always - when innocent people are killed, when the strong attack the weak, when children become the target of warplanes and rockets," said President Tusk.
On Wednesday 28 September Donald Tusk met Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and on Thursday 29 September Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.
- EU- Ukraine relations, including the topic of visa liberalisation
- implementation of the Minsk agreements
- the agenda of reforms and anti-corruption measures in Ukraine
UN General Assembly, New York, 18-22 September 2016
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, spoke on behalf of the EU at the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 21 September. His speech to the assembly focused on:
- the European response to the refugee crisis and the need for global solidarity
- building a global strategy and network against terrorism
- the EU's active engagement to bring peace in areas where war is raging or is imminent, including Ukraine, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan
- the EU's full commitment to the fight against climate change
"Europe will always stand for a free and open world governed by the rule of law, where nations can trade and grow together," he said.
On 20 September, President Tusk attended the leaders' summit on the global refugee crisis, hosted by US President Barack Obama. This event aimed to reach new global commitments to increase humanitarian funding, admit more refugees through legal pathways and increase refugees' self-reliance and inclusion.
On 19 September Tusk participated in the UN high level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants. "Global migration will accompany us in the future," he said, "and it is in our power to decide whether our future in this context will be orderly, stable and safe; or disorderly, unstable and unsafe."
In the margins of the UNGA, he also met with a number of other leaders bilaterally.
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.
President Donald Tusk attented the commemorative ceremony of the 75th anniversary of Babi Yar massacre in Kiev
Presidents Tusk and Juncker sent a letter of condolences to President of Israel Ravlin on the passing away of former President Shimon Peres
Updated weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 24-30 September 2016
President Tusk received the letters of credentials from three new ambassadors to the European Union
President Donald Tusk made some remarks before the start of the summit on migration along the Balkan route organised by Chancellor Kern in Vienna.
Addressing the UN General Assembly on behalf of the European Union, President Tusk conveyed that EU wants a free and open world governed by the rule of law.
President Donald Tusk addressed the US hosted leaders' summit on the global refugee crisis held on the margins of 71st UN General Assembly.
President Donald Tusk is in New York for the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly and spoke at the UN summit for refugees and migrants.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 18-23 September 2016.
During the press conference of the Bratislava summit President Tusk presented the outcome of the discussions and the Bratislava Roadmap.
President Donald Tusk addressed a letter to the 27 heads of state or government before their informal meeting in Bratislava on Friday 16 September 2016.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 12-18 September 2016
At a press conference with Prime Minister Löfven, President Tusk outlined the main priorities for the European Union to be discussed at the Bratislava meeting: irregular migration, terrorism and fears of globalisation.
President Donald Tusk and Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas met in Tallinn. They focused their discussions on the preparation of the Bratislava summit.
European Council President Tusk and Latvian Prime Minister Kučinskis met in Riga as part of the preparations for the Bratislava meeting.
President Donald Tusk and the UK Prime Minister Theresa May met in London. President Tusk informed PM May about the expectations of the Bratislava meeting. They also discussed the upcoming Brexit talks.
President Donald Tusk met Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin. Their discussion focused on the preparation for the summit in Bratislava.
President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Juncker held a press conference ahead of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China. They highlighted EU's priorities at the summit.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 4 - 9 September 2016
On 1 September 2016, President Donald Tusk made a statement following his meeting with Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel.
Informal meeting of the 27 heads of state or government
In October, the European Council will focus 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.
The conference will gather up to 70 countries and 20 international organisations and agencies. It will be co-hosted by the EU and the government of Afghanistan.
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.
The summit focused on the global economy, foreign policy and the migration and refugee crisis.
Presidents Tusk and Juncker invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Brussels for the 13th EU-India summit. It will take place on 30 March.
EU leaders discussed further steps to address the migration crisis.
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 main theme of this summit is: "A strong partnership for job creation and inclusive growth".