Poettering outlines EP address by prime minister, president

The president of the European parliament Hans-Gert Poettering has revealed that Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek will address the European Parliament next month when the Czech Republic takes up the six-month EU presidency, and will be followed by Czech President Václav Klaus in February. In Prague on Thursday Mr Poettering stressed he considered Mr Topolánek - and not the Czech president - the head of the European Council. Mr Poettering also said he expected Mr Klaus would deliver a speech that would contribute to the EU’s strengthening.

Author: Jan Velinger