EU presidency Slovenia aims for special EU summit on 6 October

BRDO, Slovenia, July 2 (Reuters) – Slovenia, which holds the six-monthly presidency of the EU, will host an EU summit on October 6 to discuss relations with China and reinvigorate relations with the six Balkan countries who hope to join the bloc, Prime Minister Janez Jansa said on Friday.

It was not immediately clear whether Chinese President Xi Jinping would be invited. Due to COVID-19, last year’s two EU-China summits, in June and September, were both held by video conference.

“On October 6 (…) there will be an extraordinary summit of the European Union which will first be devoted to relations with China, then also to relations with representatives of the Western Balkans,” Jansa told reporters, speaking from Brdo, near the capital Ljubljana. (Report by Sabine Siebold, edited by Gabriela Baczynska)

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