British Prime Minister Liz Truss has decided to participate in the first meeting of the European political community on 6 October in Prague. Several British media reported this on Thursday evening. A total of 44 countries would have been invited.
The head of the Conservative government plans to attend as energy and migration, which are on the agenda of the meeting, are among her priorities and require collaboration with other European leaders, Britain’s PA news agency said.
According to the news site Politico Truss not only wants to attend the meeting, but has also offered to host the next summit in London.
Truss was still foreign minister when French President Emmanuel Macron launched the platform in May. She was very skeptical about the initiative at the time. “My preference is to build on the structures that already exist and work successfully, like the G7 or NATO is,” she said at the time.
Truss has often taken a hard line against the European Union and was the architect of legislation to set aside the post-Brexit deal with Northern Ireland, sparking tension with Brussels.
Reportedly 44 countries have been invited to the first meeting of the European political community. According to Politico, this concerns the EU Member States, candidate countries such as Ukraine, the Western Balkan countries and Turkey, but also European countries that do not want to join the EU such as Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The first meeting, attended by Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will take place on 6 October in Prague, ahead of a 27 EU summit Member States on 7 October.
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