Viktor Orbán attended the European Political Community summit in Moldova on Thursday. On his arrival at the meeting, the Hungarian Prime Minister was received by Moldovan President Maia Sandu at the Mimi Castle in Bulboaca, reports Magyar Nemzet.
The creation of the European Political Community was initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron in order to allow for a broader, informal and flexible debate on topical political issues than in the European Union.
It brings together countries that are not yet members of the EU but are keen to cooperate. For example, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev were present among others.
(L-R) Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Photo: MTI/Miniszterelnöki Sajtóiroda/Fischer Zoltán
The first meeting of the European Political Community was held in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, in early October last year. According to the text published on the official website of the European Council, the aim of the Community is to promote political dialogue and cooperation among participating countries to address issues of common interest and to strengthen security, stability, and prosperity on the European continent.
The current meeting took place just across the border from Ukraine, in Moldova. It was the first time that the leaders of the Community were meeting in a country that was not an EU member.
The main topics of the summit included peace and security, energy and climate protection, and improving the interconnection of infrastructure networks between European countries.
“The meeting is a testimony to the growing unity of the continent, confirming the participants’ commitment to peace, their condemnation of Russia’s war in Ukraine and their solidarity with Kiev,” said Maia Sandu, President of Moldova, the host country of the event.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Moldovan President Maia Sandu. Photo: MTI/Miniszterelnöki Sajtóiroda/Fischer Zoltán
This second meeting of the European Political Community invited 47 heads of state and government from the 27 EU member states and several other countries, including the UK, Serbia, Norway, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also arrived in Moldova on Thursday morning to attend the summit.
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