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With the inauguration of the Czech EU Presidency, the European Commission gathers in Litomyšl


Photo: Czech President of the Council of the European Union

With an umbrella carrying the official logo of the Czech EU Presidency, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiara and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in an unusually heavy rain after noon on Friday. Arrived at Litomyšl.

Government leaders of the Czech Republic attended his cabinet, and Mrs. Von der Leyen accompanied most of the Commission when the two groups met to discuss plans for the Czech Republic to chair the Council of the European Union. I’ve been. Member States – During what is expected to be a very important 6-month period for the EU.

After having lunch jointly, the two groups held bilateral talks. Petrfiara spoke with Ursula von der Aleien. Meanwhile, individual government working groups have presented priorities to their respective members.

Bella Yorobar | Photo: Josef Vostárek, ČTK

At a subsequent press conference, Mr Fiara first praised the former President France’s efforts to seek common ground among EU member states after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Finding the end of the war in Ukraine and rebuilding the country is “the key to solving the problems the EU is currently facing,” Fiara said, and the Czech Republic will face when chairing. He added that he is aware of difficult challenges and challenges. Council of the European Union.

With the exception of Ukraine, the Czech government considers energy security as a major priority to focus on during its presidency. Fiara said unification of the EU and coordination between member states are the keys to successfully tackling this challenge.

The President of the European Commission agreed with the Czech Prime Minister that the situation and energy in Ukraine are the most important areas to focus on. She elaborated on relevant EU fund packages and strategies aimed at addressing them, such as the REPower EU and the Next Generation EU Plan, and such measures were discussed among the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. He emphasized the need to find an agreement.

Among those who attended the conference was Bella Jouroba, Vice-Chairman of the European Commission on Czech Value and Transparency. He said in the past that the presidency is a great opportunity for the Czech Republic to move closer to the center of EU events.

Not all members were able to attend the meeting. For example, Josep Borrell, head of EU diplomacy, and France Timermans of the Climate Change Commission have exempted travel.

Later in the afternoon, speakers from both houses of the Czech Parliament, Marketa Pekarova Adamova and Milos Vystrtil, also attended the rally.

The official inauguration of the Czech Presidency of the EU was originally to take place on July 8th at the Rudolfinum Concert Hall in Prague.

Litomyšl Opera Festival in Smetana | Photo: František Renza, Czech Radio

However, as the European Commission requested that the business be started as soon as possible, the Czech government decided to choose Litomyšl Castle in the Italian Renaissance, which is registered with UNESCO, as the starting point.

European Minister Mikuláš Bek of the Czech Republic told news site Denik.cz that inspections showed that the local chateau was completely sufficient for the meeting. Security is ensured by about 200 police officers stationed in the city.

Litomyšl is probably the most famous birthplace of Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, and Petr Fiara has confirmed that Smetana’s birthplace will be shown to Mrs. von der Leyen. The town is also currently hosting the annual classical music festival Smetanova Litomyšl.

A special “Concert for Europe” will be held for government and EU representatives during the evening hours of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to Smetana’s work, the orchestra will also perform Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Josef Suk’s symphonic poem Prague.

In the evening, there will be an opening of a public photo exhibition in the local monastery garden, 18 years after the Czech Republic joined the European Union.

The Czech Republic has released a list of priorities for the next Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will take place from 1 July for 6 months. they are:

1. Managing the refugee crisis and postwar reconstruction of Ukraine

2. Energy security

3. Strengthen European defense capabilities and cyberspace security

4. Strategic Resilience of the European Economy

5. Resilience of democratic system

https://english.radio.cz/european-commission-gathers-litomysl-czech-eu-presidency-kicks-8754897 With the inauguration of the Czech EU Presidency, the European Commission gathers in Litomyšl

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