Athens is hosting a summit meeting of the Mediterranean EU member states on Friday, in an effort to establish a common Southern European front ahead of the upcoming Eurogroup in Bratislava.

According to the official statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office, the summit meeting seeks to enhance coordination and cooperation of Mediterranean EU member-states.

The six leaders will be discussing the challenges that lie ahead in relation to migration, security and the economy, with the aim of developing a new European vision and a Mediterranean perspective.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will receive the foreign leaders at about 12:45, with the first working session starting at 1pm. Following a working lunch at 15:15, the EU leaders will give joint statements to the media at 16:45. The summit will conclude with a visit to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) in Athens.