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Member states make unity declaration at informal EU summit in Romania

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By Philip Pangalos
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Member states make unity declaration at informal EU summit in Romania
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The EU summit in the Romanian city of Sibiu, the last to be held before European Parliament elections in two weeks time, ended without decisions, as it was an informal summit.

The leaders of the member states did, however, publish a declaration, according to which they promised to defend one Europe, to stay united, through thick and thin, to always look for joint solutions, and to maintain Europe's position as a responsible global leader.

Discussions also focused on the new strategic agenda until 2024, which is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks and adopted by the European Council in June after Euro-elections.

"The leaders have categorically demonstrated that they want to take full political responsibility, not only for single events or challenges, but for the European Union as a whole. Put simply, the member states and the democratically elected leaders want to actively shape the way the EU functions and develops," said European Council president Donald Tusk .

Donald Tusk also briefed leaders of the member states on how he is thinking of organising the procedure to name the heads of the core EU institutions, noting that this process will have to happen swiftly after the European parliamentary elections.