The Czech EU Presidency

  

Under the motto 'A Europe without barriers', the Czech Republic assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the EU from France on 1 January 2009. The country will have to deal with complex European and domestic problems, including the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by the Czech parliament.

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From 1 January to 30 June 2009, the Czech Republic will hold the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union, organising and chairing EU summits (European Councils) and meetings of the bloc's Council of Ministers. The Czech government has already announced the motto of its presidency, 'A Europe without barriers' (EurActiv 14/11/08).

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