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EU to hold post-Brexit summit in Malta in early 2017

Meeting of 27 leaders will follow a similar gathering in the Slovakian capital Bratislava this Friday


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EU to hold post-Brexit summit in Malta in early 2017

European Union (EU) leaders will hold a summit without Britain in Malta in early 2017 as part of efforts to map out a future for the bloc following the vote, Malta's prime minister said on Monday.

The meeting of 27 leaders will follow a similar gathering in the Slovakian capital Bratislava this Friday, and comes ahead of a Rome meeting in March that ties in with the 60th anniversary of the EU's foundation.

Maltese premier Joseph Muscat tweeted that he had agreed with the EU President Donald Tusk to have a meeting of the EU leaders in Malta beginning 2017 to increase momentum for new idea of Europe.

An EU official told AFP that the Malta meeting would be like Bratislava and part of the reflection process.

The Bratislava summit is the first in a series aimed at relaunching the EU after Britain's dramatic June 23 decision to leave, even as the bloc faces a number of other crisis.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is also set to lay out new priorities in his annual State of the European Union speech at the EU parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Tusk has said he wants to use the summit in Bratislava to plot a new roadmap for Europe with security concerns, borders and defence at the top of the agenda.

Tusk said earlier this month that he wants the 27 EU leaders to rebuild a sense of political unity in the months to come, also ahead of our meeting in Rome in March 2017, 60 years after the founding of our community.

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First Published: Mon, September 12 2016. 23:04 IST