Czechia wants Zelenskyy as guest at October EU leaders’ summit

The summit is likely to be held at the Prague Castle in early October by the Czech EU Council presidency, which runs from July to December 2022. At first, the government was working with the option of having US President Joe Biden at the event, but since he visited Poland in late March, it is unlikely he will return to Central Europe in such a short period. [EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO]

Prague wants Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to be a guest at the EU leaders’ summit in October 2022 it will organise as part of its EU Council presidency.

The summit is likely to be held at the Prague Castle in early October by the Czech EU Council presidency, which runs from July to December 2022. At first, the government was working with the option of having US President Joe Biden at the event, but since he visited Poland in late March, it is unlikely he will return to Central Europe in such a short period.

“We would like the Ukrainian president to be a guest at the summit,” Czech EU Affairs Minister Mikuláš Bek said, the Czech News Agency reported.

Bek also noted that Zelenskyy’s advisor is expected to visit Prague in the upcoming weeks. On top of that, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna was invited to join July’s informal Council for General Affairs.

The Czech Republic has been pushing for Ukraine to be granted EU candidate status since the start of Russia’s invasion. According to Bek, Ukraine should take the fastest possible road towards EU membership status while fulfilling all the standard criteria.

“The idea of the Czech government is relatively realistic, opening a road to a compromise on the European level,” Bek said.

Ukraine has already completed the EU membership questionnaire, so the ball is now in the European Commission’s court. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she wants to reply to the Ukrainian bid in June.

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