PM Tsipras in Brussels for European Council meeting on Thursday

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be travelling to Brussels on Wednesday in order to attend the European Council starting on Thursday morning. The main issues on the European leaders’ agenda will be security, fighting terrorism, migration and international trade.

Tsipras will begin his visit to the Belgian capital by delivering an address at an event organised by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, the European Left (GUE/NGL) and the Greens entitled “The Missing Scenario – An Alternative for Europeans” to discuss the current political, economic and social conditions in Europe. The prime minister is due to speak at 19:00 (Greek time) in the evening.

On Thursday, the prime minister will participate in a preparatory summit of the Party of European Socialists (PES) scheduled to take place between 13:15 and 15:15, before the start of the European Council.

Arrivals of the heads of state and government attending the Council will start at 15:00, followed by an exchange of views with the European Council President at 16:00 and the start of the first working session from 16:30 until 19:30.

The European Council members will then attend a working dinner between 20:00 and 23:30 Greek time, and a working session with the EU27 format (Article 50) from 23:30 until midnight.

On the second day of the summit on Friday, European leaders are due to start arriving at 10:15 and the second working session will begin at 11:00, while the end-of-summit press conference is scheduled to begin at 13:30.

According sources, Tsipras has also arranged a meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades in Brussels on Thursday morning, before the European Council sessions are due to begin.