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Migration tops UN Assembly agenda

European Council President Donald Tusk spoke at the UN General Assembly on behalf of the EU on 21 September.  He focused on:

  • the European response to the refugee crisis and the need for global solidarity
  • building a global strategy and network against terrorism
  • the EU's active engagement to bring peace in areas where war is raging or is imminent, including Ukraine, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan
  • the EU's full commitment to the fight against climate change

On 20 September, he attended the leaders' summit on the global refugee crisis, hosted by US President Barack Obama. On 19 September he participated in the UN high level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants.

Migration tops UN Assembly agenda

European Council President Donald Tusk spoke at the UN General Assembly on behalf of the EU on 21 September.  He focused on:

  • the European response to the refugee crisis and the need for global solidarity
  • building a global strategy and network against terrorism
  • the EU's active engagement to bring peace in areas where war is raging or is imminent, including Ukraine, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan
  • the EU's full commitment to the fight against climate change

On 20 September, he attended the leaders' summit on the global refugee crisis, hosted by US President Barack Obama. On 19 September he participated in the UN high level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants.

The European Council

The European Council consists of the heads of state or government of the EU's member states, together with its President and the European Commission President. It defines the EU's general political direction and priorities.

The Council of the EU

The Council of the EU represents the member states' governments. Also known informally as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.

What is the Council?

The European Council and the Council of the EU are two very closely linked institutions. They have similar names and share the same buildings and staff - the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC). However, they have very different roles and membership. 

In focus

Bosnia and Herzegovina closer to the EU

The Council adopted conclusions on the application of Bosnia and Herzegovina for membership of the EU. 

"We have seen Bosnia and Herzegovina working hard on the clearly defined conditions and delivering on them," said state secretary Ivan Korčok from the Slovak Presidency at the press conference after the Council meeting on 20 September. 

In accordance with the accession procedure laid down in the EU treaty, ministers asked the European Commission to give its opinion on the application. If the opinion is positive, the European Council can decide on granting Bosnia and Herzegovina a candidate status.

Bosnia and Herzegovina applied for EU membership on 15 February 2016. 

In focus

Bosnia and Herzegovina closer to the EU

The Council adopted conclusions on the application of Bosnia and Herzegovina for membership of the EU. 

"We have seen Bosnia and Herzegovina working hard on the clearly defined conditions and delivering on them," said state secretary Ivan Korčok from the Slovak Presidency at the press conference after the Council meeting on 20 September. 

In accordance with the accession procedure laid down in the EU treaty, ministers asked the European Commission to give its opinion on the application. If the opinion is positive, the European Council can decide on granting Bosnia and Herzegovina a candidate status.

Bosnia and Herzegovina applied for EU membership on 15 February 2016.