MEETING OF THE VISEGRAD GROUP HELD IN MALTA
The Czech Republic will represent Poland's interests at a European Union migration summit in Malta, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said, after Warsaw's political schedule clashed with the meeting.
The Czech government office said outgoing Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz would not be able to attend the summit today, the same day as the first sitting of Poland's new parliament.
Polish President Andrzej Duda scheduled that sitting three days after European Council chief Donald Tusk, a fellow Pole, called the Malta summit. Brussels diplomats expressed concern that this signalled an obstructive approach in Warsaw after the eurosceptic PiS party won parliamentary elections last month.
"The Czech Republic will represent Poland's interests at the extraordinary European Council in Valletta. Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz requested this in a letter to me," Sobotka said on his Twitter account.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has designated Nov. 12 as the date for parliament to reconvene and for Kopacz to formally hand over power to the Law and Justice party (PiS).
Prague holds the rotating presidency of the Visegrad group comprising the Czech Republic along with Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
PREMIER Bohuslav Sobotka visits St John's Co-Cathedral whilst in Malta for the EU MIGRATION SUMMIT - NOVEMBER 2015
Prime Minister Sobotka whilst visiting St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta admiring the tomb stone of SIGESTMOND THUN one of the three Bohemian Knights of the Order of Malta burried in St John's Co-Cayhedral.