EU heads of state and government, opposition leaders of the European People’s Party (EPP) and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der LEYEN will participate at the upcoming EPP Summit, to take place in Brussels on 12 December. On the agenda will be the preparation for the European Council meeting on 12 and 13 December.
EPP President Donald TUSK will host the Summit. Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament Manfred WEBER, EPP Secretary General Antonio LÓPEZ-ISTÚRIZ and the members of the EPP Presidency will be present.
Heads of state and government Nicos ANASTASIADES (Cyprus), Boyko BORISSOV (Bulgaria), Klaus IOHANNIS (Romania), Krišjānis KARIŅŠ (Latvia), Angela MERKEL (Germany), Kyriakos MITSOTAKIS (Greece), Andrej PLENKOVIĆ (Croatia) and Leo VARADKAR (Ireland) will participate.
Deputy Prime Minister Koen GEENS (Belgium), and opposition leaders Silvio BERLUSCONI (Italy), Pablo CASADO (Spain), Janez JANŠA (Slovenia), Ulf KRISTERSSON (Sweden), Gabrielius LANDSBERGIS (Lithuania), Petteri ORPO (Finland) and Marek VÝBORNÝ (Czechia) will also be present.
The EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel BARNIER will attend the summit.
Date: 12 December 2019 from 12:30 to 15:00
Venue: Académie Royale de Belgique, Rue Ducale 1 (close to Metro Trône)
Please register by Wednesday, 11 December by using the following e-form: https://epp.org/34Mhwhp
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Note to the Press:
The press area will open at 11:00
The EPP will be offering live info and photo feeds from the EPP Summit through its official Twitter, Facebook and Flickr accounts. Video footage will also be available via satellite after the Summit. Follow us live and get an insight on how our leaders prepare the European Council:
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The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 83 parties and partners from 43 countries, the President of the European Commission, 11 EU and 5 non-EU heads of state and government, 10 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.
The EPP Manifesto, also adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, outlines the basic principles of the Party summarising who we are, what our values are, what challenges are we facing and what vision we have for the future. The Manifesto was developed in parallel to the EPP Platform document within the EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy”.
The Party Platform was developed in EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy” chaired by EPP President Wilfried MARTENS ?and EPP Vice President Peter HINTZE. The Working Group consists of delegates of EPP member parties who prepared and worked?on this document for more than two years and received input?from the drafting committee as well as senior and young experts. The document was adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, thus replacing the Basic Programme of Athens from 1992.