Israel participates in the meeting of the European Political Group – EURACTIV.com

Representatives from Israel, the United Kingdom and the Western Balkan countries are expected to participate in the informal summit of European leaders organized by the Czech Presidency of the European Union in October to discuss the European initiative proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The European Political Community is an initiative of the French Presidency of the European Union, 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 finalized.

“The Western Balkans will definitely be there, the Eastern Partnership will definitely be there, and in addition to Ukraine, there will also be Georgia and Armenia. And there will be Israel.”The Czech Minister for European Affairs, Mikulas Beck, said: on czech radio. Israel is likely to be the only country outside the European continent that will attend the summit.

Israel is a traditional international partner of the Czech Republic. For example, Israel participates in some European programs, so it is a country that works closely with the European Union. And we can also have a discussion about where Europe really ends and Asia begins.”Mr. Bey explained.

The question of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the summit is still pending. However, according to Mr. Beck, he will likely receive an invitation.

Turkey is somewhat of a diplomatically sensitive country. There are tensions with some member states such as Cyprus or Greece. However, I think we have reached an initial consensus on the possibility of doing this.said the czech minister.

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The EU leaders summit will be held in Prague on October 7, but the expanded European political group will meet at Prague Castle the day before.

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

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