A primary “European Political Group” assembly will happen within the Czech Republic earlier than the tip of the yr, French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned Friday.
The concept — Macron’s brainchild — is to supply a platform for political dialogue and cooperation, and is about to incorporate nations aspiring to affix the EU.
It has been met with a mixture of curiosity and scepticism.
“We are going to invite (nations) from Iceland to Ukraine”, Macron informed a press convention following a summit in Brussels that recognised Ukraine and Moldova as EU candidates.
Discussions confirmed “very broad consensus” for the group, which will likely be “primarily based on geography and values”, Macron mentioned.
European Council President Charles Michel mentioned the “potential assembly” could be held in Prague, with the listing of nations concerned drawn up later.
It might happen in October, European sources mentioned.
Macron steered the European Political Group proposal to the European Parliament on Might 9, because the chamber debated Ukraine’s ambition to turn out to be a candidate to sooner or later be a part of the EU.
He mooted it as a broad however “lean” decision-making construction for political dialogue and cooperation on issues of frequent curiosity for European nations — each these within the EU and out of doors it.
It will embody nations wanting to affix the EU, comparable to Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Western Balkans states. But in addition these comfortable to be exterior it, comparable to Switzerland and Norway, and maybe even former member Britain.
There’s a query mark over Turkey, a longtime EU aspirant that sits alongside many European nations in NATO, which has expressed curiosity within the thought.
Diplomatic sources mentioned a call had not been reached on Turkey’s participation.
Macron has insisted the discussion board would solely be for nations that share the EU’s “democratic values”.