The Czech Prime Minister has set out his country’s priorities for the presidency of the European Union.
In a launch speech at the European Parliament, Mirek Topolanek said the Czech Presidency can be summed up as “the 3 Es”: Economy, Energy and External Relations.
But he said the programme has been transformed for now into the “two Gs” – Gas and Gaza – and it is going to be difficult for a country not used to handling such a heavy and difficult burden.
The Czech Republic is the first ex-Warsaw Pact country to be put in charge of EU business.
“Europe without barriers” is the motto of its plan, which aims to develop an economically strong and cohesive EU without internal barriers.
Prague has made it clear that it is only by using our shared values and roots that Europe will be able to address today’s complex global issues and establish its position.
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