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Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

In the spotlight

Informal meeting of the 27 heads of state or government

On 16 September the heads of state or government of the 27 will meet in Bratislava and continue a political reflection to give an impulse to further reforms and to the development of the EU with 27 member states.

President Tusk intends to consult all EU leaders ahead of the Bratislava meeting with a view to discussing both its handling and substance. A number of meetings have already been scheduled and confirmed for August and September.

These include a working dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 18 August as well as meetings with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, French President François Hollande, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

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.