Since July 2022, the Czech Presidency has had a great opportunity to lead the EU Council for six months and thus to have a major impact on developments in the EU. In the first month of the Presidency, an agreement was reached on the reduction of gas demand, new sanctions were approved, a support package on the situation in Ukraine was approved, and progress in the digital sphere was achieved with the agreement on the political programme "Road to the Digital Decade". Despite all these achievements, the desired level of stability is still a long way off; central banks have not yet tamed post-Covid 19 inflation and the war in Ukraine is still in full swing. Moreover, the Czech presidency, just before the end, has run into its biggest obstacle yet, which is the blocking of financial aid to war-torn Ukraine by Hungary. The Swedish presidency, the last of the France-Czech Republic-Sweden trio, starts in January 2023.
What are the main priorities of the Swedish Presidency? Which objectives should be achieved in 2023? How can they be achieved? What will the final phase of the Trio Presidency look like? Has the Czech Presidency been a success? And where have there been shortcomings?
H. E. Fredrik Jörgensen, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden of the Czech Republic,
Ondřej Kovařík, Member, European Parliament,
Štěpán Černý, Director of the European Policies Coordination Department, Government of the Czech Republic.
The moderator of the event is Jan Macháček, Chairman of the Board, Institute for Politics and Society.
The closed debate will be held on January 13th, 2023 from 8:30 to 10:00. The working language of the business breakfast is English. The event is by invitation only.