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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.

12 February 2015: informal meeting of heads of state or government

Donald Tusk chaired an informal meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on 12 February. They discussed the latest developments in Ukraine and the results of the Minsk agreement.  They gave it cautious support.

EU leaders held a debate on counter-terrorism and agreed on a statement to guide the work of the EU and the member states in the coming months.

They also spoke about improving economic policy in the eurozone and continued work to improve the Economic and Monetary Union and the implementation of structural reforms. The President of the Eurogroup informed about negotiations with Greece which will continue  at the next Eurogroup meeting on 16 February.