EUROPE: TOPOLANEK (CZECH REPUBLIC) ILLUSTRATES THE PRIORITIES OF THE EU PRESIDENCY

"The Czech Republic is fully aware of the responsibility that falls on itself, as the current president of the EU. With the help of the other member states and the EU institutions, it is willing to face the current challenges", "in the interest of the European Union and all its population". The programme for the six months’ presidency of the EU Council, as defined by Prague’s Government, consists of 41 pages. Announced on January 6th by Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek and his deputy Alexandr Vondra, it will be discussed with the EU Commission, which will visit the current presidency this afternoon. Then, Topolanek will illustrate the programme at the European Parliament next week. Topolanek recalled that the six months’ motto is: "A Europe without barriers", while his announced priorities "are three: economy, energy, Europe in the world". The Prime Minister confesses that the start of the year was been "all on the way up", especially in connection with energy (the problem of gas between Ukraine and Russia) and foreign policy (the Israel-Palestinian conflict). "The priorities and working programme – he explains –, that we have established in accordance with the EU documents and the conclusions of the European Council, try to face the emergencies of the last few weeks".

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