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EU Summit in Sibiu on May 9: Major decisions could be made about EU future

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The summit of EU heads of state and government to be held in Sibiu on May 9 is the  most expected European political event during Romania's presidency of the EU Council. In this context European leaders will discuss the new EU agenda for 2019-2024.

The Sibiu summit was summoned by Jean Claude Juncker during his soeech of September 13, 2017 about the state of the European Union. The European official presented then the main stages to a “more united, more powerful and more democratic Union”.

The meeting of the heads of state and government comes before elections for the European Parliament of May 26, and European leaders will talk about the path to be followed by the whole political European community.

Changes will be made after the European elections at the ehad of EU institutions and the configuration of the European Parliament after elections will depend on Great Britain's leaving EU. The British state will have candidates for European elections in case the Brexit Accord negotiated by London with EU is not negotiated before May 22.

The European Commission presented on Tuesday the strategic 2019-2024 agenda which includes political recommendations about the way in which Europe can shape its future in “an unsecure and multipolar world”. The agenda will be in the attention of participants in the summit.

The informal summit of EU heads of state and government will be hosted by  president Klaus Iohannis while EC president Donald Tusk will chair the meeting. The event will be attended by  leaders of the 27 EU member states, EC president Jean Claude Juncker and EP president Antonio Tajani.

Leaders of the 27 EU member states will be present at the summit. Even though an iofficiallist of the heads of state meeting in Sibu has not been published yet, the heads of state include the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian premier Giuseppe Conte, Hungarian premier Viktor Orban, Greek premier Alexis Tsipras, Dutch premier Mark Rutte, Polish premier Mateusz Morawiecki, Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Bulgarian premier Boyko Borissov.

EU leaders will arrive in Sibiu Square at 12 noon. They will be welcomed by president Iohannis at Sibiu City Hall, where a plenary meeting will be held. There will be a lunch of the heads of state at 1.30 p.m. At 6.00 p.m Klaus Iohannis, Donald Tusk and Jean Claude Juncker will hold a press conference.

Exceptional security measures have been adopted, such as a video system monitoring routes and special measures for places where European officials will stay.

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