The Czech Republic is about to assume the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the second time in history from the first of June 2022. Not only the coordination with other institutions of the EU but also with member states sharing the presidency is the key to success. France, Sweden, and the Czech Republic follow on from former presidency trio Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia.
In the period between January 2022 and June 2023, it is probable that the political field is going to be unstable. In France, the presidential elections are coming, in Sweden, there will be parliamentary elections. In the Czech Republic, after the complete change of the government, there might be some chaos which would be reflected also in the Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The Czech presidency brings new opportunities but also new challenges and responsibilities. The priority is talking about the integration of Western Balkan countries to the EU, safety, improvement of the internal market, or development of the climate change package in the context of sustainability.
What kind of Europe does the Czech Republic want to promote during the presidency? The level of cooperation between the Czech Republic, France and Sweden was slightly low during 2008-2009. Can we expect a better attitude and constructive dialogues? Is the Czech Republic ready after the complete change of the government? How was the presidency of Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia handled and what should not be forgotten to follow up with?
H. E. Fredrik Jörgensen, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden of the Czech Republic,
H. E. Alexis Dutertre, Ambassador, Embassy of France of the Czech Republic,
Jaroslav Bžoch, Vice-chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on European Affairs, Parliament of the Czech Republic,
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 the 1st February 2022 from 8:30 to 10:00. The working language of the business breakfast is English. The event is by invitation only.
Measures against COVID-19: Please note that certain restrictions may still apply at public assemblies in the Czech Republic. Please follow current government regulations relating to measures against COVID-19 on the day of the event.