Czech Presidency of the EU Council: July 1 – December 31, 2022
Czechia currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Follow us for all the main news between now and the end of the year.
The top priorities outlined by the Czech government prior to taking over the six-month presidency in July were managing the refugee crisis and Ukraine’s post-war recovery, cutting Europe’s reliance on Russian fuels, strengthening Europe’s defense capabilities and cyberspace security and boosting the resilience of the European economy and democratic institutions.
The motto of the Czech Presidency is
"Europe as a task: Rethink, Rebuild, Repower"
Erasmus programme still going strong despite Covid and Brexit
Around a hundred representatives of international education agencies across Europe gathered in Prague this week to discuss current challenges facing the Erasmus+ program.
“Hard discussion” seen at energy ministers meeting Friday
All eyes will be on Brussels on Friday, when Europe’s energy ministers meet to discuss ways of tackling soaring power prices, with major divisions on how to move forward.
Symbol of freedom Lennon Wall gets fresh look in EU presidency event
Prague’s graffiti-covered John Lennon Wall was a symbol of freedom in the final decade of communism. Now it has been repainted by artists from all around Europe.
Czech Philharmonic to perform Concert for Europe on Vltava
The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra will mark the Czech Presidency of the EU Council with a special concert on a floating stage on the Vltava River on Friday evening.
Concert in Paris to mark Czech EU presidency
An open-air concert hosted by the Czech Centre Paris is due to take place in mid-September, featuring popular Czech musicians Emma Smetana and Jordan Haj.
Union of flowers: Czech artists bring splash of colour to Brussels
Flower Union is a project created by a group of young artists, textile designers and graphic designers to represent Czechia during its EU presidency.