Aiming to quell fears over its ability to lead the European Union, the Czech Republic said it will concentrate on the economy, external relations, energy and the Lisbon Treaty in the coming six months.
Prague has taken over the rotating presidency from France, whose tenure was packed with a variety of initiatives. Czech President Vaclav Klaus is a staunch eurosceptic who has campaigned against deeper intergration with other EU members. Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said he will organise a mission to Gaza on behalf of the EU presidency. He also said he will announce a cabinet reshuffle on Janaury 5.