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Romania’s and Poland’s Presidents co-chair Central and Eastern Europe summit hosted by Bucharest on Wednesday

A summit meeting of the states in Central and Eastern Europe, with NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow in attendance, will take place at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace of Bucharest on Wednesday.

The Central and Eastern Europe summit will be presided over by Romania’s and Poland’s Presidents Klaus Iohannis and Andrzej Duda. Attending the meeting will be NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow, Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev, Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Latvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis, Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite, Slovakia’s President Andrej Kiska, Hungary’s President Ader Janos and Czech Republic Deputies’ Chamber Speaker Jan Hamacek.

“As these states cooperate more often, cooperation in the area will also consolidate and we will be able to deal together with the challenges NATO faces as a whole. This also expresses Romania’s will of being a player, an active party in the region,” official sources told Agerpres about the aim of the meeting.

The same sources said that the meeting will adopt a joint declaration underscoring the need of a proper NATO presence in the region.

The summit aims to consolidate regional cooperation among the countries in the area, but also with those of NATO’s eastern neighbourhood, namely Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia, and preparing the NATO summit scheduled to take place in Warsaw.

“We want to show these countries they can contribute to the activity of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance,” the cited source also showed.

According to the sources, it is possible that the meeting tackles a commitment to providing 2 percent of the GDP in public defence spending.

The Central and Eastern Europe summit will begin at 10:30hrs, EET, when the delegation heads will be welcomed at Cotroceni Palace by President Iohannis. Afterwards, the leaders will voice their positions concerning the topics discussed. At the end of the meeting, President Klaus Iohannis and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda will make a joint press statement.

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