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The President of the European Council

European Council

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.

23 April 2015: special meeting of the European Council 

At a special meeting of the European Council, EU leaders discussed the dramatic situation in the Mediterranean. At his press conference, President Tusk said :" Saving the lives of innocent people is the number one priority." 

The EU leaders have agreed four priority areas for action:

  • fighting traffickers with the potential launch of CSDP operation to capture and destroy the smuggler's vessel
  • strengthening the EU presence at sea by tripling the financial resources for the Triton border mission
  • preventing illegal migration flows
  • reinforcing internal solidarity and responsibility  towards refugees from conflict regions

27 April 2015: 17th EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv

President Tusk represented the EU at the EU-Ukraine summit. This was the first EU-Ukraine summit taking place under the new Association Agreement.

The summit was an opportunity for EU and Ukrainian leaders to discuss:

  • progress made by Ukraine on its political and economical reform process
  • the conflict in the East and the implementation of the Minsk agreements
  • wider regional issues and the preparations for the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in Riga