Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will receive the leadership of six Mediterranean EU member-states in Athens on Friday afternoon, for an EU Med Summit that will seek to hammer out common positions among the southern European states before the upcoming meeting of EU leaders’ in Bratislava.
Introducing a Mediterranean perspective into the European Union’s agenda and developing a new European vision for dealing with joint challenges relating to migration, security and the economy are the two main goals of the EU Mediterranean member-states leaders’ meeting in Athens on Friday.
An announcement issued by Tsipras’ office said it would seek to enhance coordination and cooperation of Mediterranean EU member-states ahead of the informal European Council in Bratislava on September 16.
In addition to the Greek prime minister, the meeting will be attended by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, while Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy will be represented by the country’s State Secretary for the European Union Fernando Eguidazu.
12:45-13:00 Leaders and delegations are received by Greek PM on their arrival at the Zappeion Megaron in Athens.
13:00-14:45 First working session
15:00-15:15 EU Med leaders ‘family photo’
15:15-16:30 Working lunch
16:45-17:15 Joint statements to the media
17:30-18:30 Visit to Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC)