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"We are prepared for this negative scenario. There will be no legal vacuum," said President Donald Tusk following the official results of the UK referendum.
"On behalf of the twenty seven leaders I can say that we are determined to keep our unity as twenty seven," he emphasised.
Finally, he proposed an informal meeting of the 27 leaders in the margins of the European Council summit on 28-29 June to start a wider reflection on the future of the Union.
President Tusk met President of Israel Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, 21 June and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, 23 June in Brussels. During both meetings, the leaders discussed the relations with the EU and the situation in the Middle East.
"We spoke about ways to strengthen further our relationship, including the new European Neighbourhood Policy. We agreed that the European Union and Israel will identify jointly partnership priorities to give even greater focus to our cooperation," said President Tusk after the meeting with the President of Israel. Both leaders also discussed how to protect Israeli and European citizens against terrorism. President Tusk welcomed Israel's offer to deepen the cooperation on counter-terrorism, including by re-launching the EU-Israel dialogue in this area later this year.
Concerning the Middle East peace process, President Tusk welcomed the temporary freeze in demolitions of Palestinian property announced by Israel for the month of Ramadan. "We hope this freeze can become a basis for a more permanent solution, such as a full moratorium on demolitions and confiscations in Area C of the West Bank," he said.
During a meeting with the Palestinian President, President Tusk reassured that the EU will remain a partner in building the future democratic Palestinian state and will continue its financial support. "Of course, for these investments to bear fruit in terms of stability and sustainable socio-economic development, there needs to be peaceful co-existence, with two independent national states, Israel and Palestine," said the President of the European Council. And he added: "I urged Israel to put an end to illegal settlement activity and demolitions, which put into question the two-state solution. And in the same way, I have also condemned the recent acts of violence, such as the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv two weeks ago. There can be no progress unless there is an end to violence, and to incitement. Palestinians also need to work seriously on their internal reconciliation."
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.
On 24 June 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 27 June - 1 July 2016
Joint statement by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Mark Rutte, holder of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk commented the outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom
President Tusk and President Abbas met in Brussels to discuss the Middle East peace process and EU cooperation in the region.
President Tusk and President Rivlin met in Brussels and discussed the Middle East peace process and the relations with Israel.
President Tusk and Prime Minister of Portugal Costa met in Lisbon to prepare the upcoming European Council on 28 and 29 June.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 20-24 June 2016
President Tusk and Prime Minister of Finland Sipilä met in Helsinki and talked about next European Council and the key EU challenges, including UK in/out referendum.
Presidents Tusk and Juncker addressed a letter to US President Obama expressing their condolences for the attack in Orlando.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 13-17 June 2016
President Tusk and President Margvelashvili met in Brussels and discussed the EU-Georgia bilateral relations including Georgia's progress in implementing reforms, the association agreement and visa liberalisation.
President Obama will meet Presidents Tusk and Juncker at the NATO Summit in Warsaw to discuss transatlantic cooperation and common challenges.
On 8 June 2016, President Tusk will meet Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia at the European Council headquarters in Brussels.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 6-10 June 2016
President Donald Tusk delivered the keynote speech at the European Business Summit opening event.
On 30 May 2016, President Tusk gave a speech at the event marking the 40th anniversary of European People Party.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 29 May - 3 June 2016
At the G7 summit the leaders adopted the final declaration addressing the major issues to ensure peace, security and prosperity of the world
President Donald Tusk presented his expectations ahead of the G7 summit in Ise-Shima, Japan, focusing on the international rule-based order, the migration and refugee crisis as well as foreign policy issues, including Ukraine.
The conference will gather up to 70 countries and 30 international organisations and agencies. It will be co-hosted by the EU and the government of Afghanistan.
On 15-16 July, Mongolia will host the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). This year is the 20th anniversary of the ASEM.
European Council President, Donald Tusk, European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, and High Representative Federica Mogherini will represent the European Union at the summit.
The European Council will discuss 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.
EU leaders discussed further steps to address the migration crisis.
A meeting of the EU heads of state or government with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was held on 7 March in Brussels. It was followed by a meeting of the members of the European Council.
Discussions at the European Council were dominated by the status of the UK and the ongoing migration and refugee crisis.
At their meeting in December, EU leaders discussed migration topics, the fight against terrorism, the Five Presidents' report on the Economic and Monetary Union, the completion of the single market, and the UK plans for the referendum.
Paris hosted the 21st session of the UN Conference of the Parties (COP 21) which reached a new international agreement on climate change.
The 28 EU heads of state or government held a meeting with Turkey. They agreed on a joint action plan to address the migration crisis and to re-energise Turkey's accession process.
The world's leading economies have concluded the G20 summit in Antalya Turkey affirming their resolve to fight terrorism and address the migration and refugee crisis.
EU leaders held an informal meeting to accelerate the implementation of the decisions taken on the migration crisis and cooperation with Turkey.
An international summit to discuss migration issues between EU and African leaders took place in Valletta on 11-12 November 2015.
EU leaders focused on migration at their meeting in October. They also take stock of discussions on the Economic and Monetary Union and the plans for the referendum in the UK.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, spoke at the UN 70th General Assembly on behalf of the EU.
The informal meeting of EU leaders on 23 September 2015 discussed an overall approach to the refugee crisis and the necessity to establish a credible European migration policy.