Turkey and Great Britain must be invited at the first meeting of the Community, which will bring together the leaders of the Twenty-Seven in Prague on October 6 and the leaders of countries applying for membership or neighbors of the bloc, we learned on Wednesday (September 7) from European sources.
In addition to the EU member states, the leaders of the six countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), Great Britain, Norway, Switzerland, Ukraine, Moldova, Iceland, Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein should “soon” receive an invitation according to one of these sources.
“This list is final”, said a European diplomat. Another diplomatic source said more cautiously than “Consultations continued”.
This project for a political dialogue and cooperation platform was launched by French President Emmanuel Macron and approved in June during an EU summit. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed his support for the initiative at the end of August.
First meeting 6 October
The first meeting will take place at the level of heads of state and government on 6 October in the Czech Republic, the country that holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, on the eve of a summit of the Twenty-seven.
It should allow “a political discussion on strategic issues of common interest to the European continent”, “mainly Russia’s war against Ukraine, the energy crisis and the economic situation”says a European source.
It should consist of a plenary meeting, round table discussions, bilateral meetings and a closing dinner. This European political community does not constitute an alternative solution to the enlargement of the EU, insists the same source.
In his speech to the French ambassadors on 1 September, Emmanuel Macron explained that the European Political Community was meant to meet every six months.
The question of Turkey’s participation – which has heated up border disputes with Greece and Cyprus – “is asked by many other members, it will be debated and France has no veto”he had said.
For Britain, which has left the EU, the invitation to the forum must be sent to the new Prime Minister Liz Truss.