London: The leaders of Britain, France and the European Union meet in London on Monday for a mini-summit on the world financial crisis which will also involve around 50 leading businessmen and economists.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown will host President Nicolas Sarkozy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for the Global Europe meeting, which comes ahead of a European Council summit in Brussels on December 11 to 12.
Their hour-long talks, due to start at 8:30pm (IST) will focus on measures to revive the economy, a French presidential source said.
“It’s a chance to evaluate the situation to see where we are in Europe,” the source said.
The aim is to “give coherence” to different European rescue plans “so that a message of confidence can be put forward by the European Council on December 11 and 12,” he added.
The leaders’ meeting will be followed by hour-long talks with some 50 economists and business leaders including Lakshmi Mittal, boss of steelmaker ArcelorMittal, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King and the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie.
Brown’s bailout plan for Britain’s banks in October drew plaudits from around the world and his government announced an economic stimulus package worth £20 billion ($30 billion, $23 billion) at the end of last month.
For his part, Sarkozy, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, last week unveiled a rescue plan to inject 26 billion euros into the economy in 2009.
The European Commission has also proposed a €200 billion stimulus package aimed at hauling eurozone economies out of recession.