On 16 September, the heads of state or government of the 27 will meet in Bratislava. They will continue a political reflection to give impetus to further reforms and to the development of the EU with 27 member countries.
"I have no doubt that the three main challenges are uncontrolled irregular migration, terrorism, and the fears of globalisation," said President Tusk before his meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Stockholm. "My ambition is that in Bratislava we can agree on the main priorities and what we need to do about them in the next few months."
Leaders will meet in Bratislava to discuss the future of the EU with 27 member states
Leaders will meet in Bratislava to discuss the future of the EU with 27 member states.
According to the President of the European Council, these priorities should be:
to secure external borders of the EU
to fight the threat of terrorism in Europe and elsewhere
to bring back control of globalisation, finding a way to safeguard the economic and social interests of the EU citizens while remaining open to the world
In in his invitation letter ahead of the meeting, President Tusk stressed that Bratislava summit should also provide a road map for other important endeavours, such as economic and social development, jobs and opportunities for the young, the single market, the digital agenda and investments.
"The keys to a healthy balance between the priorities of member states and those of the Union lie in national capitals," wrote Tusk. "The institutions should support the priorities as agreed among member states, and not impose their own ones," he added.
The European Council brings together EU leaders to set the EU's political agenda. It represents the highest level of political cooperation between EU countries.
One of the EU's 7 official institutions, the Council takes the form of (usually quarterly) summit meetings between EU leaders, chaired by a permanent president.
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