Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is traveling to Bucharest to participate in the European People’s Party Conference (EPP), a crucial two-day summit commencing Wednesday and continuing through Thursday.

At this summit, a gathering of heads of states and governments, alongside leaders of center-right parties functioning as official opposition, is poised to officially back Ursula von der Leyen’s bid for a second term as President of the European Commission on behalf of the EPP.

High on the agenda of discussions at European People’s Party Conference will be the formulation of the party’s manifesto preceding the upcoming European elections, slated to unfold across all European Union member states from June 6 to 9. The leaders will also engage in talks concerning the challenges confronting Europe at present, including the Russian aggression towards Ukraine, European defense strategies, the escalating cost of living, the rise of populist factions, and extremism.

Following New Democracy’s resounding victory in last year’s elections, wherein the party increased its vote share compared to the 2019 polls, it now stands as one of Europe’s foremost center-right political forces. Mitsotakis, prominently positioned within the EPP, will cap off the conference with a keynote address, underlining his stature as a leading figure within the party.

Accompanying the Prime Minister on this significant journey is a delegation of ministers. While in Bucharest, Mitsotakis is to hold meetings with the President, Prime Minister, and President of the Senate of Romania, fostering bilateral relations and strategic alliances.