PM and Foreign Minister clash over European policy coordination

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg clashed on Thursday over the Prime Minister’s moves to coordinate European policy away from the foreign ministry and within the central government office. The Foreign Minister said he still opposed the creation of such an office headed by a EU state secretary. He said there was no sensible reason for handing over powers from the foreign ministry. Prime Minister Petr Nečas insisted talks with the foreign minister should continue and said he still needed some central coordination unit for dealing with Brussels. The coalition government abolished the European affairs ministry but the prime minister said in June that he wanted a state secretary to oversee European policy. Some EU missions have taken to consulting with the government office over Czech EU in the absence of clear guidelines who to turn to.

Author: Chris Johnstone