By Toby Vogel
Hungary says date clashed with G8 summit; meeting will take place in October or November.
A summit of the European Union's Eastern Partnership scheduled for May has been postponed until later in the year, Janos Martonyi, Hungary's foreign minister, today (21 February) announced.
He said that the postponement was due to "technical reasons" - a summit of the G8 group of leading economies is scheduled for 27 May, the original date of the Eastern Partnership summit in Budapest.
Martonyi said that the summit, which would involve leaders from all 27 EU member states and the six participants in the Eastern Partnership, would now take place in the autumn, when Poland will be the holder of the rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers. "Most probably the summit will be held at the end of October or early November," he said. "Hungary will co-host the summit as Poland would have co-hosted it if it had taken place during the Hungarian presidency."
The Hungarian government has said that the postponement of the summit was decided in consultation with Poland and with the office of Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council.
The Eastern Partnership is a programme to deepen ties with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It was launched in 2009. Belarus's participation is currently suspended because of political conditions in the country