The European People’s Party (EPP) will host a leaders’ meeting in Riga on 21 May in preparation of the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit, which will take place later on 21 and 22 May.

The EPP leaders’ meeting will be chaired byJoseph DAUL, EPP President. Several members of the EPP Presidency will also attend.

In addition to the President of the European Council, Donald TUSK, the following EPP heads of state and government from the European Union will be present: Laimdota STRAUJUMA (Latvia – Presidency of the Council of the European Union), Nicos ANASTASIADES (Cyprus), Boyko BORISSOV (Bulgaria), Angela MERKEL (Germany) and Viktor ORBÁN (Hungary). Moreover, Minister of Justice Urmas REINSALU (Estonia), Minister for European Affairs Dara MURPHY (Ireland) as well as opposition leaders from EU Members States Janez JANŠA (Slovenia), Andrius KUBILIUS (Lithuania), Antonis SAMARAS (Greece) and Jan FIGEL’ (Slovakia) will participate.

From the Eastern Partnership countries, EPP heads of state and government Petro POROSHENKO (Ukraine), Serzh SARGSYAN (Armenia), and Chiril GABURICI(Moldova) will attend the meeting. In addition to former President and party leaderMikheil SAAKASHVILI (Georgia), former Prime Minister and party leader Vlad FILAT(Moldova) and Minister of Education Armen ASHOTYAN (Armenia), EaP party leadersArthur BAGHDASARYAN (Armenia), Alaksiej JANUKIEVICH (Belarus), Vitali KLITSCHKO (Ukraine),  Anatoly LEBEDKO (Belarus) and opposition leaders Davit BAKRADZE (Georgia) and Alaksandr MILINKIEVIČ (Belarus) will be present.

The European Commissioner responsible for the European Neighbourhood Policy,Johannes HAHN, will also be present.EPP EaP leaders’ meeting:

Date: 21 May 2015 Time: 17:00-19:00

Venue: Art Museum “Riga Bourse” / Mākslas muzejs „Rīgas Birža”  – Dome Square 6 / Doma laukums 6 – Riga, Latvia

Press accreditation:

Journalists should register by 20 May by using this e-form:http://epp.org/1ESZNCW 

The press entrance is located on Maza pils street 21/ Maza pils iela 21.

Journalists can collect their press badges at the venue starting at 15:30.

For practical information, please contact Laila Timrota, Press Secretary from Vienotība: mobile +371 29373547 and email: laila.timrota@vienotiba.lv

Press conference:

The EPP EaP leaders’ meeting will be followed by a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Latvia, Laimdota STRAUJUMA, and EPP President Joseph DAUL at 18:50.