EU leaders meeting at an informal 'summit of reflection' following the United Kingdom's 'Brexit' vote in June vowed to listen to concerns and forge a new reformed common future for the remaining 27 Member States.
Leaders planned to respond to the fact that "millions of Europeans feel insecure" and that "people are concerned about what they see as lack of control, and express fears over migration, terrorism and last but not least, about their economic and social future."
The Bratislava Summit was devoted to developing plans for a new future direction without the United Kingdom. EU leaders were determined to correct the past mistakes and move on with common solutions as the EU of 27. Leaders agreed to focus on boosting the single market and offering better opportunities for young Europeans.
While it was "a sad moment for Europe" when the British people decided to leave the Union, leaders were determined not to be defeatist. "While we all agree that the European Union is not perfect we also agree that it is the best instrument we have. That is why we are determined to correct the past mistakes and move on with common solutions as the EU of 27" commented Donald tusk,President of the EU Council.
The EU will look to deliver more practical and tangible decisions in the coming months, and to deliver on its promises through "loyal cooperation between Member States and institutions".