Great Britain has signaled to European partners that Prime Minister Liz Truss not only wants to attend the first summit of the European Political Community, but also to host the next one.
This was reported by Politico with reference to three officials.
The European political community is a newly created configuration of European countries whose leaders seek to meet regularly. The club, which will meet for the first time on October 6 in Prague, includes the leaders of the EU, candidate countries such as Ukraine, the Western Balkans and Turkey, as well as neighbors who do not want to join the European Union, such as Norway and Switzerland.
The UK announced it was ready to host the previously unannounced follow-up in a closed-door meeting on Thursday.
According to officials, the representative of Britain proposed to change the name of the club to "European Political Forum". According to one of the officials, Moldova, another non-EU country, has also offered to host the next summit.
A British government source confirmed that the country was potentially interested in holding further meetings, but noted that other countries were also interested.
The first meeting next week will be devoted to Russia's war in Ukraine and energy security. According to British officials, Truss is keen to engage in discussions on migration and energy security, but remains skeptical about the need for yet another multilateral forum.
For Tras, returning to the European political project is a high-risk option at a sensitive time. The Eurosceptic Conservative Party elected her as its new leader less than a month ago, and she is already choosing to preserve her reputation after a disastrous first few weeks.
With Britain facing a full-scale financial crisis after the Trusts announced massive tax cuts, it cannot afford to upset its colleagues. It remains to be seen to what extent members of the Conservative Party, voters and colleagues in parliament will support her plan to get closer to Europe again. Former cabinet minister David Lidington, who did not support Britain's decision to leave the EU, said on Thursday night that such a move would be a "very welcome development".
Earlier it became known that Ukraine will be among the invited states to the first summit of the European Political Community, which will be held on October 6 in Prague.
The European Council at the summit in Brussels in June approved the idea of creating a European political community proposed by France.