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(L-R) European Council President Donald Tusk, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pose prior the EU's Informal Meeting of the 27 Heads of State or Government, in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 15 September 2016.
Photograph: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

EU leaders have agreed to a six-month roadmap aimed at addressing popular fears over migration, terrorism and economic and social uncertainty, in talks that excluded their British counterpart following that country's decision to withdraw.

"Although one country has decided to leave, the EU remains indispensable for the rest of us," the 27 leaders say according to a joint statement seen by dpa, adding that they are "determined to make a success" of the bloc.

The roadmap outlines steps to tackle migration - with the aim of never allowing a return to the "uncontrolled flows of last year" - improve security and fight terrorism, strengthen EU defence cooperation and provide better youth opportunities.

"Bratislava is the beginning of a process," the statement says, adding that it will be followed up by meetings in Valletta early next year and concluded at a March summit in Rome.

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