Tusk summits to create new-model EU

(L-R) Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydlo, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico and President of European Council Donald Tusk (R) pose for family photo  before Working Lunch of President Donald Tusk with the V4 Prime Ministers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bratislava, Slovakia, on October 13, 2017.
(L-R) Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydlo, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico and President of European Council Donald Tusk (R) pose for family photo before Working Lunch of President Donald Tusk with the V4 Prime Ministers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bratislava, Slovakia, on October 13, 2017.

European Council president Donald Tusk has proposed a series of 13 top-level meetings to take forward European reform in the wake of Brexit. Most of the talks, called the Leader’s Agenda, are to take place in the margins of regular EU summits, starting on Thursday (19 October), and to last until mid-2019. A handful of them will also take place at special events, such as a summit on the Western Balkans in Sofia in May, one on internal security in Austria next September, and one to take stock of discussions so far in Sibiu, Romania, in May 2019.

Tusk laid out his plan in an invitation letter for Thursday’s EU summit. He said each of the sessions would be based on “decision notes” circulated by his office that laid out “our differences, precisely describing the scope of conflict”. They would also be based on “implementation reports” that detailed what had been achieved so far, with Tusk already publishing one such report on Tuesday which looked back at progress on issues raised at a Brexit summit in Bratislava last year…

Read more: EUObserver, 18.10.2017