EP president Roberta Metsola meets with Czech PM in Prague

The war in Ukraine has sharply raised expectations for the upcoming Czech EU Presidency, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said after a meeting with the European Parliament President Roberta Metsola in Prague on Thursday.

During the traditional meeting ahead of the presidency, Mr Fiala outlined the priorities for the second half of this year and agreed with the EP leadership on future cooperation. He also praised Mrs Metsola’s support in the course of preparations for the upcoming Czech presidency.

Mr Fiala also said he would like Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to attend an informal summit of the European Council in Prague in autumn, if the situation allows.

The Czech EU presidency will officially open on July 1, in the east Bohemian town of Litomyšl with a joint meeting of the Czech government and the European Commission.

The Czech Republic's top priorities during its presidency of the Council of the European Union will be managing the refugee crisis and the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, energy security, and the strengthening of Europe’s defence capabilities and cyber security.

Author: Ruth Fraňková