Leaders of EU’s Mediterranean nations are meeting in Madrid today to back greater EU integration after Britain began the process of leaving the European Union.

The summit is being attended by leaders of Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Malta.

This meeting comes within the framework of the third summit of the leaders and heads of government of the countries of the Southern European Union, which is the continuation of the (Athens Summit) held on the ninth of last September and the (Lisbon Summit) held last January 28.
The summit comes shortly after the Rome summit on March 25 marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the founding treaty in Rome and laying the foundation stone for a new European project.
It also comes two weeks after the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU last March 29 and before the extraordinary meeting of the European Council scheduled for April 29 in Brussels without Britain to adopt the basic principles for negotiations with it.
The leaders are expected to adopt a joint declaration at the end of the summit on the future of the European Union and the Brexit. It is expected to cover other related issues including migration, counter-terrorism, economic and social policies, joint security, defense policy and the role of the EU for the Mediterranean.