EU leaders discussed three challenges facing Europe:
"Today we still have hope for a peaceful solution but the real test is the respect of the ceasefire. (...) we remain cautious until words put down on paper translate into real deeds."
President Poroshenko had the opportunity to brief EU leaders on the latest developments on the ground in eastern Ukraine. Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande presented the results of the Minsk agreement to the members of the European Council. They gave the agreement cautious support, until the ceasefire is respected and a real de-escalation of the conflict happens.
The debate of EU leaders focused on how to support the implementation of the agreement. The EU stands united to support the efforts of President Poroshenko to restore peace and to maintain the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
President Tusk also welcomed the agreement on a solid International Monetary Fund programme for Ukraine.
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.
This statement focused on three areas of action:
It called for specific measures, including:
The leaders had an in-depth discussion on further improvements to the economic governance in the eurozone, particularly on better implementation of structural reforms. The results of discussions will feed into further work towards a genuine Economic and Monetary Union.
Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem briefed EU leaders on the outcomes of the Eurogroup meeting held on 11 February 2015 and the discussion on Greece. Prime Minister Tsipras and the President of the Eurogroup asked the institutions to work on a technical assessment before the next Eurogroup meeting on 16 February 2015.
"We will discuss the biggest challenges facing Europe right now: restoring peace in Ukraine, fighting terrorism, and improving our monetary union, of course taking into account the difficult situation with Greece after yesterday's Eurogroup meeting," said President Tusk.