< /p> Illustrative photo – From left, Minister for European Affairs Mikuláš Bek (STAN) and Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) evaluated the Czech presidency of the EU Council at a press conference, January 3, 2023, Prague.
Prague – Today Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) will continue his balance visits to individual ministries by meeting with Minister for European Affairs Mikuláš Bek (STAN). They will return to the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union in the previous six months, they will deal with the program statement in the field of European affairs or the long-term priorities of the Czech Republic in the Union.
The Czech Presidency in the second half of last year was significantly affected by the February Russian invasion of Ukraine and high energy prices. These points were among the five main political priorities of the presidency, others were the strengthening of European defense capacities, the security of cyberspace and the resilience of the European economy and democratic institutions.
Bek told ČTK at the end of last year that after the end of the presidency he wants to focus on, for example coordination of government positions towards European proposals, improvement of the system for preparing impact analyzes of European legislation or political dialogue with key actors of practical European politics in the Czech Republic.