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Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

In the spotlight

EU-Japan leaders' meeting, 3 May 2016

President Donald Tusk met Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, also attended  the meeting.

The visit of Prime Minister Abe is part of his European tour in preparation of  the G7 summit to be held in Ise-Shima, Japan from 26 to 27 May 2016. The leaders coordinated their views on global and regional priorities and discussed the need for a more global response to the migration crisis

"This is a global crisis and we need to realise that no single country - or no group of countries for that matter - holds a golden key to solving it. Therefore we need to build a global awareness and encourage others to step up their efforts," said President Tusk. 

The leaders also reviewed progress in bilateral relations and provided a clear political steer to the negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement and the Strategic Partnership.

Meeting with the President of Albania, 27 April 2016

President Donald Tusk met with Bujar Nishani, President of Albania for the first time in Brussels.

The leaders discussed the role of the Balkan countries in the EU's strategy on how to respond to the migratory flows. They also agreed to monitor the situation in Albania. "The European Union stands ready to support Albania should an alternative route develop," declared President Tusk.

The President of the European Council also noted important progress made by the country towards achieving its European integration aims. Currently, Albania is undertaking a comprehensive judiciary reform.

"Cross-party cooperation and dialogue are indispensable to advance in the country's European ambitions," emphasized President Tusk.

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.