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"
“It includes many things that states may not like” – Jourová on EU’s upcoming Media Freedom Act
European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová told Czech Radio about the EC's upcoming law on media freedom.
Lipavský says EU is united despite energy agreement criticism
An agreement by EU energy ministers to reduce gas consumption by 15 percent has been criticized by some. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský responded in an interview.
Havel, Ukraine, and sustainability – Paris street art exhibition highlights Czech EU Presidency
A new street art exhibition has appeared on a wall outside the Czech embassy in Paris, celebrating the accession of the Czech Republic to the presidency of the EU Council.
Security expert Andor Šandor: We are up to the task of providing tight security at EU events
Does Czechia lack a comprehensive system for protecting soft targets and can it guarantee top security at EU presidency events?
EU must focus on helping citizens overcome onslaught of crises, Czech PM tells MEPs
The European Union’s is currently facing many crises and its main task will be to mitigate their effects on EU citizens, Petr Fiala said in his Wednesday address to MEPs.
Czech deputy foreign minister:This is not just a war against Ukraine, it is a war against the West
Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Dvořák on the need to maintain EU unity, prepare for a drop in living standards and keeping the EU expansion process on track.