ČTK: EC to provide almost 400,000 euros in subsidies for presidency-related events
Citing diplomatic sources, the Czech news agency ČTK has reported that the European Commission will provide a subsidy of almost 400,000 euros for events related to the Czech EU presidency in the first half of 2009. The EC will reportedly subsidise events such as so-called “Eurofestivals” to accompany informal meetings by EU ministers. Six open-air festivals, including music and discussions, are to be held over six months. The first will take place in Luhačovice, south Moravia, during a meeting of EU labour and social affairs ministers on January 23. The last, on June 1, will complement an informal meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Brno. The remaining festivals are to take place in Olomouc, Ceské Budějovice, Karlovy Vary, and Ustí nad Labem. The EC will also subsidise a conference marking the 5th anniversary of enlargement of the EU by ten new members (including the Czech Republic) in 2004.