New President of the European Council and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy appointed
The EU heads of state and government have appointed Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk as new President of the European Council and Italy's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Federica Mogherini as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The decision was taken at a special summit in Brussels on 30 August. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt attended the summit.
At a special summit in Brussels on 16 July, EU heads of state and government agreed to widen the scope for targeted sanctions against individuals and entities in light of the conflict in Ukraine. Regarding the conflict in Gaza, they urged both sides to refrain from violence.
Jean Claude Juncker has been nominated for the position of President of the European Commission. This was decided at the European Council meeting in Brussels on 27 June. The heads of state and government also increased the political pressure on Russia by setting a 72-hour deadline for de-escalating the situation in Ukraine, failing which the EU will impose further sanctions.
The EU's new growth and employment strategy Europe 2020 is to get the EU countries' economies moving and create more jobs and higher growth.