Donald Tusk, President of the European Council
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European Council, 20-21 October 2016
President Tusk chaired the European Council meeting on 20-21 October in Brussels. Leaders exchanged views on the most pressing issues.
On Thursday they discussed migration and Russia, including its role in Syria.
"Leaders strongly condemned the attacks by the Syrian regime and its allies, notably Russia, on civilians in Aleppo," said President Tusk at the press conference following the meeting. "The EU is calling for an end to the atrocities and an immediate cessation of hostilities. It will consider all available options, if these atrocities continue," he added.
On Friday the EU leaders met again to discuss trade issues. They called for further talks to solve remaining issues and agree on a provisional application of EU-Canada trade deal.
"I remain concerned, for a good trade agreement with a close partner like Canada and for Europe's reputation. All member states but one endorsed the agreement," said President Tusk at the press conference following the meeting.
Earlier on Thursday, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico presented the state-of-play regarding the Bratislava Roadmap. It was the first chance to take stock of the results so far, including the Paris Agreement on climate and the launch of the European Border and Coast Guard.
Over the dinner, British Prime Minister Theresa May provided a short update on Brexit and Prime Minister Rutte briefed the leaders on the situation in the Netherlands in regard to the referendum on the association agreement with Ukraine.
Tripartite Social Summit, 19 October 2016
Before the European Council, on Wednesday 19 October, President Tusk co-chaired the Tripartite Social Summit, a forum for dialogue between the EU institutions and the European social partners (trade unions and employers).
"I would like to thank the social partners for their engagement and our rich discussion, during which I felt quite a wide support for CETA," said President Tusk. "On the other hand, it is clear for me and our social partners that in the age of globalisation, people expect trade agreements like TTIP or CETA to be safe for workers, consumers and companies," 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.
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
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 24-30 October 2016
President Donald Tusk held a press conference at the end of the second day of the European Council meeting on 21 October 2016.
President Donald Tusk spoke about the outcome of the first day of the European Council meeting on 20 October 2016.
Before the start of the European Council meeting, President Donald Tusk highlighted the main issues to be discussed.
President Donald Tusk congratulated the new Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković
Remarks by President Donald Tusk following the tripartite social summit and ahead of the European Council meeting
On 18 October 2016 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 17-21 October 2016
President Donald Tusk addressed a congratulations letter to António Guterres, next Secretary-General of the United Nations
Presidents Tusk and Juncker sent a letter of condolences to Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on the passing away of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the European Policy Centre, President Donald Tusk delivered the keynote address.
President Donald Tusk sent a letter of congratulations to Kersti Kaljulaid upon taking the oath of office as President of the Republic of Estonia.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 10-14 October 2016
President Donald Tusk opened the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, Partnership for Prosperity and Peace.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 01-07 October 2016
President Donald Tusk attended 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
Informal meeting of the 27 heads of state or government
The President of the European Council will host the 18th EU-Ukraine summit. Leaders will discuss EU-Ukraine relations.
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.
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.