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"Europe has many difficult problems right now, and we meet here to discuss solutions," PM Fiala said.
On Thursday, the European Political Community (EPC) began a meeting in Prague with the presence of some 40 European leaders who will discuss issues related to security, peace, energy, climate, and economy.
"Europe has many difficult problems right now, and we meet here to discuss solutions. We want to have this group as a forum for informal exchanges of views on current events in Europe and beyond," Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said, mentioning the Ukrainian conflict, inflation, high energy prices, the transition to sustainable energy, and illegal migration.
The EPC meeting in Prague is the first of its kind. Besides the 27 member states of the European Union (EU), several Western Balkan nations, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and non-EU countries that are deeply integrated in the single market -- such as Norway and Switzerland -- as well as the United Kingdom (UK) and Türkiye were invited to the so-called "EU+" gathering.
The EPC serves as a platform for political coordination for European countries. It aims to promote political dialogue and cooperation on issues of common interest to strengthen the continent's security and stability, according to the EU.
However, some critics have said the new platform is an attempt to hinder EU enlargement and may become a talking shop with no real content.
Macron said before the meeting that he expects the EPC to have a lasting impact on the future of Europe. But the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU has said that "no formal written outcome of the EPC is envisaged" in Prague.
On Friday, the EU leaders will meet for an informal summit to discuss the most pressing issues facing the bloc, such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the rising costs of energy and its economic ramifications.
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