Many European heads of state and government and senior EU officials are expected in Zagreb next month at a convention of the largest group in the European Parliament, the European People’s Party, according to the paper Jutarnji list.
The EPP dignitaries expected to attend the November 20-21 event include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, outgoing Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Council President Donald Tusk, according to reporting by Jutarni list.
Over 2,000 delegates from more than 40 countries where the EPP has members are expected to attend the convention at the Zagreb Arena to choose the party’s new leadership: a president, a secretary-general, 10 vice-presidents and a treasurer. The gathering will be hosted by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and its leader, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.
Also expected to attend are Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, European Parliament President Joseph Daul, leader of the EPP group in the European Parliament Manfred Weber, European commissioners and members of the European Parliament, former European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and EPP heads of state or government from Ireland, Latvia, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, the Netherlands.
It is unclear if Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is coming, since his party has been suspended from the EPP and has no voting rights, but has been invited. Also uncertain is the attendance of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. His Serbian Progressive Party is an associate member of the EPP without voting rights.
Jutarnji List said that the HDZ would not speculate as to whom the EPP will choose as their leader and whether any of its members might run for a position in the party.
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