At a time when a new “Cold War” is underway in the South Pacific, following the decision of the United States, Australia and Britain to establish a “historic” security partnership, the Summit of the Member States is being held in Athens today. of the south of the European Union (EUMED9).
Important names of the European gulf are participating in the Athens Conference. Among them are European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, and the Prime Ministers of Italy and Spain, Mario Draghi and Pedro Sanchez.
The French president’s participation comes a day after the overthrow of the geopolitical scene with the tripartite defense pact against the Chinese power that promotes the annoyance of France, calling the agreement a “back knife”. As a result of the agreement, Australia canceled the contract for the supply of French submarines.
The two texts
In the countries that will participate in EUMED9, Croatia and Slovenia are offered for the first time.
More specifically, the leaders of the Mediterranean countries – Greece, France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia – will exchange views on two key issues, the climate crisis and security challenges that threaten the stability of the region. which is influenced by many factors, from the delinquent behavior of third countries in the Eastern Mediterranean and the situation in countries such as Lebanon and Libya, to the developments in Afghanistan and the concerns that will trigger new refugee flows.
Two texts are expected to be adopted by the leaders of the countries participating in the Conference, the Athens Declaration on Climate Change and the Environment and the Med9 Political Declaration.
The declaration on the climate crisis is an initiative of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is high on the agenda and the aim of the initiative is to mobilize the forces of the Mediterranean countries against the new images. As the government spokesman stated during yesterday’s briefing of the political authors, the prime minister’s initiative will focus on the climate crisis, the protection of the environment and the need for joint action and cooperation of the Mediterranean countries.
The Prime Minister will meet at 12:00, at the Maximos Palace, with the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovi..
At 14:15 Kyriakos Mitsotakis will have drafted the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
At 15:30, the Summit on Climate Change and the Impact on the Mediterranean will begin, with the participation of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von Layen.
The EUMED 9 Summit will start at 17:00.
At 19:40 the leaders will make statements to the media.
At 20:30 the leaders participating in the EUMED 9 Summit will attend a dinner.
It should be noted that the EUMED 9 Summit will be held at the Cultural Center – Stavros Niarchos Foundation and for security reasons emergency measures will apply in Athens.