Tight security measures go into force in Athens on Friday for the Mediterranean EU Summit. Traffic diversions will be implemented in the center of Athens, as Greek Police announced.
More than 1000 police officers will be on duty to enforce the measures from noon until the leaders’ departure.
Traffic restrictios will affect arterial roads and will also be applied to the highway to Athens’ International Airport. The purpose of the summit is to strengthen ties among the Mediterranean EU Member States ahead of the EU leaders’ summit in Bratislava, Slovakia, next Friday, September 16.
The EUMed summit in Athens will see the leaders of Cyprus, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Greece discuss the “common challenges” of economic policy, security and migration.
Participating in the summit will be the President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis, the President of France Francois Hollande, the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi, the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa, the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras and the State Secretary for European Affairs, Fernando Eguidazu, representing Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
The Mediterranean EU Countries’ Summit “Athens 2016″ will take place at the Zappeio Hall in the Greek capital.