Thursday 22 February 2018

European Council chief to meet Kenny ahead of EU summit

Donald Tusk. Photo: Reuters
Donald Tusk. Photo: Reuters
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

European Council President Donald Tusk will visit Dublin next month for Brexit-related talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, ahead of an informal summit of EU leaders in Bratislava.

Mr Tusk will meet with Mr Kenny, before flying to London for talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May, as part of a tour of European capitals.

The Bratislava summit is due to take place on September 16 to discuss European reform in the wake of the Brexit vote.

A European Council spokesman told the Irish Independent that Mr Tusk wants to consult with EU leaders ahead of the summit, which will kick-start discussions on what the EU without the UK will look like.

"Bratislava will be the start of a discussion among the 27 leaders to imagine how the EU should modify itself, reform itself.

"What we've seen with Brexit will have an influence on what will be discussed and what the future of the EU will look like.

"We would like the meeting in Bratislava to focus on the schedule of the EU 27 and possible reforms.

"Prime Minister May will not attend this meeting, but it is difficult to think about the future of the EU 27 without knowing the intentions of the UK government," the spokesman added. "In this context the President believes it is important to get more information from the UK government on the Brexit situation."

Prior to the meeting with Enda Kenny, Mr Tusk will meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

Irish Independent

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