On 3 February 2017, EU heads of state and government gathered in Valletta, Malta for an informal summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that European leaders should commit to a union of ‘different speeds’ for the declaration that will be made at the 60 year anniversary summit in Rome in March 2017. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg - a group of the EU's founding members - issued a statement on the same day supporting the idea.
On 21 February 2017, dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris, Enrico Letta, will join Chatham House to discuss the German chancellor’s proposal. It has been 23 years since he published his book Passaggio a Nord-Est, l’Europa tra geometrie variabili, cerchi concentrici e velocità differenziate where, for the first time, he addressed the topic of a multi-speed Europe.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.