Europe's leaders are traveling to Brussels hoping to chart the continent's way back to growth, AP reported.
The two-day summit of EU leaders is for once taking place amid relative calm in financial markets, after the European Central Bank's latest massive injection of cash into fragile banks.
Investors have also been relieved that Greece looks likely to avoid imminent bankruptcy.
Finance ministers from the euro zone are also in the Belgian capital on Thursday to check on Athens' progress on reforms and cuts it has to implement before receiving a ?130 billion ($173 billion) bailout.
Heads of state and government, meanwhile, will scrutinize each other's efforts to boost growth and limit deficits amid a shrinking economy and high unemployment.