Czech EU presidency priorities

At a news conference in Prague on Tuesday the Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek and Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Alexander Vondra presented the priorities and programme of the Czech EU presidency. In addition to the crises which have recently emerged in the Middle East and over gas supplies from Russia, the country has longer–term goals which have been dubbed the three Es – economy, energy and external relations. Prime Minister Topolánek said it was now vitally important to minimize the impact of the economic crisis on the European market and work on a recovery plan for the economy. The Czech Republic also wants to open a debate on nuclear safety.

A delegation of the European Commission is expected to visit Prague on Wednesday, when the official launch of the Czech presidency will take place. The following day Prague will host an informal meeting of EU ministers.