Donald Tusk discusses the state of Europe during Luxembourg visit
3 March 2020
On Monday 2 March, the former President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, visited the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg on a joint invitation from the Bank, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the Court of Auditors.
Welcomed by EIB President Werner Hoyer, the President of the Court of Auditors, Klaus-Heiner Lehne, and the Managing Director of the ESM, Klaus Regling, the outspoken Polish politician gave a speech to EIB staff and invitees from the other Luxembourg-based institutions on the state of European affairs, also touching upon shared values and the safeguarding of the European project.
Mr Tusk addressed current themes and the difficult situations that a united Europe faces, ranging from Brexit, the crisis of the EU enlargement idea, the anti-European turn in US politics, the issue of big data and IA … to the Coronavirus. Although Europe faces a multitude of challenges, Mr Tusk was positive, saying “I believe that things become irreversible only when people start to believe that they are irreversible. In other words, everything is still in our hands.”
EIB President Hoyer participated in the "International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the countries of the region, amid COVID-19", convened by the European Union together with the Government of Spain and with support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP), as the only organization from Poland, received a grant of €125,000 from the European Investment Bank Institute to support research on the coronavirus. The FNP will provide these funds for research conducted by the team of Professor Marcin Drąg from the Faculty of Chemistry at the Wrocław University of Technology.