On Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October, the heads of state of the 27 EU Member States and the leaders of 17 European countries outside the EU will attend two meetings hosted by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU in Prague.
The first-ever meeting of the European Political Community will take place on Thursday, followed by an informal meeting of the members of the European Council on Friday.
The aim of the European Political Community is to provide a policy coordination platform for countries across the European continent. Its inaugural meeting will be held at the level of heads of state or government.
The agenda for the meeting will include thematic roundtable discussions in small groups focusing on security and stability, the economy, energy and climate, in addition to the opening and closing sessions.
Along with the heads of state or government of the 27 EU Member States, the meeting will be attended by the leaders of 17 European countries outside the EU.
Representatives from the following non-EU countries have been invited to attend: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Items on the agenda for the informal European Council include Ukraine, the energy situation and economic issues. No decisions will be made. The EU leaders will resume their discussions on the topics at the October European Council.
In connection with the meeting, the European leaders will also have the opportunity to hold bilateral discussions with other heads of state and government.
In terms of the practical aspects, the meeting will take place in Prague Castle and will start with an opening plenary session from 13:00 to 14:00. Roundtable discussions will take place until approximately 16:00.
From 16:00 to 19:00, the leaders will have the opportunity to schedule bilateral meetings. The closing plenary session will take place over dinner.