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Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

In the spotlight

Visit to Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, 20-22 July 2015

From 20 to 22 July, President Tusk visited Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan to follow-up on the results of the Eastern Partnership summit held in Riga on 21-22 May 2015.

This visit to Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan was a good opportunity to demonstrate EU's determination to pursue closer, differentiated relations with its independent and sovereign eastern partners.

On 20 July, at a joint press conference with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyanin, Donald Tusk repeated the EU's commitment to enhance and deepen cooperation in all possible areas with Armenia.

In Georgia, Donald Tusk met with President, Giorgi Margvelashvili. They discussed the implementation of the association agreement and the progress made to meet the requirements for visa free travel. Mentioning the difficult regional and international context, Donald Tusk stressed the EU's support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia

On 21 July, President Tusk visited the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia whose mandate has been prolonged until 2016.

President Tusk also addressed Georgian troops committed to the EU operation in the Central African Republic (EUMAM RCA).

On 22 July, in Azerbaijan, Donald Tusk met with President Ilham Aliyev to discuss the Eastern Partnership and the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and the EU. They welcomed the fact that negotiations on an Agreement on Strategic Partnership are about to begin. They also discussed the energy issues, the Nagorno-Karabach conflict and the topic of human rights.

Euro Summit on Greece, 12 July 2015

President Donald Tusk convened a special Euro Summit to discuss the situation after the referendum in Greece.

The leaders from the euro area member states have agreed in principle that they are ready to start negotiations on an ESM financial assistance programme for Greece.

"I welcome the progress and the constructive position of Greece that helps to bring back trust among euro zone partners", said Euro Summit President Donald Tusk.

There were a number of strict conditions to be met before the negotiations could formally begin.

On 17 July 2015 , the Eurogroup welcomed the successful completion of the relevant national procedures related to the decision to grant in principle a 3-year ESM stability support to Greece and especially the recent swift legislative steps taken by the Greek parliament as a first step towards rebuilding trust.

On 17 July 2015, the Council also adopted a decision granting up to €7.16bn in short term financial assistance to Greece.

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.