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Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

In the spotlight

Visit to Slovenia and Croatia, 30 August - 1 September 2015

From 30 August to 1 September 2015 President Tusk visited Slovenia and Croatia to discuss migration, the situation in the Western Balkans as well as other challenges facing Europe.

On 30 and 31 August in the city of Bled, President Tusk met Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia. They had an exchange of views on what the European Union is already doing in terms of assistance and migration and how to target the efforts more to solve the crisis.

On 31 August, President of the European Council also met Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia. 

During the visit President Tusk took part in 2015 Bled Strategic Forum, where he gave the keynote speech and participated in the panel entitled "New Global Order: Confrontation or Partnership".

"We need to think about our Europe with greater tenderness and patience. We need to protect her not only against external threats when they appear, but also against internal temptations for revolutionary and total changes", said President Tusk.

On 1 September President Tusk visited Croatia, where he met President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and Prime Minister Zoran Milanović.

This visit to Slovenia and Croatia was a good opportunity to demonstrate EU's determination to create more stability and prosperity in the region.

Meeting with Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine,

27 August 2015

On 27 August, President Tusk met Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine for a working lunch at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. 

The meeting was the opportunity to follow the discussions held during the year on:

  • the crisis in Eastern Ukraine and the application of the Minsk agreements
  • the domestic situation in Ukraine, including the economic outlook, upcoming local elections and constitutional reforms
  • the implementation of the Association Agreement and the political and economic reforms in Ukraine including EU financial and other assistance

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.