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Marin attends historic European Political Community meeting in Prague

The two-day summit brings together the leaders of 44 European countries and will include discussions on the security situation and energy crisis facing the continent.

The first meeting of the European Political Community is one of the highlights of the Czech Presidency of the EU. Image: EPA
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Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) will attend the inaugural meeting of the European Political Community on Thursday and Friday.

The group of 44 nations is facilitated by the EU but remains outside the bloc, and this week's meeting will be hosted in Prague by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Alongside the heads of state or government of the 27 EU member states, the meeting will also be attended by the leaders of 17 European countries which are outside the EU, including Ukraine and the UK.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal will be present, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will attend the meeting remotely.

The agenda for the community's first meeting includes the security situation in Europe, the energy crisis and climate change.

According to a Finnish government press release, Marin is to hold a separate meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart Shmyhal, whom she previously met in May in Kyiv and Warsaw.

The community is the brainchild of French President Emmanuel Macron as a response to the division in Europe caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The emergence of the new community and the attendance at the inaugural meeting of over 40 countries can be seen as a strong signal that a large majority of European nations are united in their support of Ukraine, Yle's Brussels correspondent Rikhard Husu noted.

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