18-20/09/2017 Meeting

While recognising that the UN is the best tool to address global issues, Donald Tusk also incited the UN to be more decisive, determined and united in face of the current challenging international climate. 'We meet at a time when the world is poised between hope and fear,' reflected President Tusk at the UN General Assembly. He reaffirmed, 'The European Union will never give up working with and within the United Nations'.

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