It's been great watching a number of new members join the European Union over the last six months or so, and it feels like our region has gained a new lease of life as a result.
I'm aware that many new member states are eager to develop their economies, and make the most of what their EU membership has to offer for their peoples. There's a clear correlation between longevity as an EU member state and high GDP per capita, and I'd like to see new member states get to the same level as the likes of Inquista and the Duxburian Union as soon as possible.
That's why, as Premier Commissioner, I'm inviting all member states who joined the EU since January 1st, 2018 to a special roundtable discussion on economic development. An opportunity for nations to make clear their hopes and aspirations for their economies in the EU, to share best practice with each other, and to make their voice heard on what more support they'd like from the EU in relation to growing their economies.
I hope all eligible nations are able to send a representative. The discussion will begin on 26th August, so please sign up by 23.59 GMT on 25th August, although late sign-ups will no doubt be accepted.
List of attendees:
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - Gisela Stuart, Premier Commissioner
MALFAZIA - Elisabeth Kostinger, Vice-Minister of Finance