Solana backs Czech EU presidency
The EU Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana has expressed confidence that the upcoming Czech EU presidency will be “a big success”. He made the comment on Friday after meeting with the Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg. The two discussed the role of the EU as well as the importance of a planned meeting between the heads of EU member states and incoming US president Barack Obama. The Czech Republic will hold the EU presidency when Mr Obama is sworn in. Along with relations with the US, other issues that the Czech presidency will face will include the global economic crisis as well as contributing to stability in the Balkans, where the Czechs have several hundred troops in peacekeeping missions.