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Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the European Council meeting, 26 June 2015

European Council
  • 26/06/2015
  • 15:15
  • Statements and remarks
  • 530/15
  • Security & defence
  • Home Affairs
  • Euro area
  • Economy & finance
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Let me express our condolences and solidarity to France, Kuwait and Tunisia which have been the victims of savage terrorist attacks.

Today, NATO's Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, joined us to discuss the new threats facing Europe at a time of hybrid warfare, global terrorism and cyber-attacks. In the context of growing security challenges, leaders agreed that the Union will prepare a new strategy on foreign and security policy. The High Representative will submit it to the European Council next June.

Europeans must invest in their own defence to deal with a dramatically changed security environment. We decided that EU funds should be mobilised to help strengthen Europe's defence industry, including in research and technology.

We also discussed the European economy including our EMU report published on Monday. We should start our journey towards a genuine monetary union here and now. This message is even more important in the middle of the current crisis with Greece.

The digital economy is today's engine for growth and job creation. Yet the European Union ­- the world's largest economy - does not have a single market in digital services. Today, leaders discussed the Commission's work-plan and were absolutely clear that action must be taken to build a genuine digital single market in Europe.

Speaking of completing the single market, one of its founding fathers ­- Jacques Delors ­-­ turns 90 soon. In recognition of his great contribution to European unity, leaders were delighted to name him an honorary citizen of Europe.

Last but not least, let me say a word to Prime Minister Straujuma. Laimdota, your Presidency has been a great success in all aspects. You have closed a number of important files. You have hosted a challenging Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga. And for me personally, it was a great pleasure to work with you. So I thank the entire Latvian Presidency for a job well done. And I look forward to cooperating with the incoming Luxembourg Presidency.