Israel will attend the European Political Community meeting

Israel will attend the European Political Community meeting

Representatives from Israel, the UK and the Western Balkans are expected to attend the informal summit of European leaders organized by the Czech EU Presidency in October to discuss the pan-European initiative proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The European Political Community is an initiative of the French EU Presidency that will be presented in the first half of 2022. The Prague Summit is expected to be the first high-level meeting of the “community” and the list of participants is being finalized.

“The Western Balkans will definitely be there, the Eastern Partnership will definitely be there, alongside Ukraine there will also be Georgia and Armenia. And Israel will be there too.”, Czech Minister for European Affairs Mikuláš Bek told Czech Radio. Israel will likely be the only country outside of continent Europe to attend the summit.

Israel is a traditional international partner of the Czech Republic. “Israel, for example, participates in some European programs, so it is a country that works closely with the EU. And we can also discuss where Europe really ends and Asia begins.”explained M. Bek.

The question of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s participation in the summit is still open. According to Mr. Bek, however, he will probably receive an invitation.

“Turkey is in a way a diplomatically sensitive country. There are tensions with certain member states like Cyprus or Greece. However, I think we have reached a tentative consensus that this is possible.said the Czech minister.

The summit of EU leaders will take place in Prague on October 7, but the enlarged European political community will meet at Prague Castle a day earlier.

According to Mr. Bek, the community should meet regularly in the future.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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