Czech EU Presidency will operate on limited budget

Czech EU Presidency will operate on limited budget. [Shutterstock/Michal Kalasek]

The Czech Republic will take on the rotating EU Council Presidency In the second half of 2022, yet Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has made it clear that the EU Presidency will not be a priority and the budget will be very limited. 

The administration therefore cannot afford to hire enough staff and has to count on help from interns and experts from EU institutions.

“We want to use the opportunity to cooperate with Czech experts who currently work in the EU institutions,” Ambassador Edita Hrdá, the head of Czech Permanent Representation in Brussels, told EURACTIV.cz in an interview.

Czech experts from the institutions of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the General Secretariat of the Council, or the Committee of the Regions may be asked to temporarily leave their positions to help out with the Czech EU Presidency.

Hrdá also indicated some of the Czech presidency’s priorities will focus on the single market, post-COVID-19 recovery, digitalisation and AI development. 

“It [the Presidency] is a unique opportunity to raise the country’s profile within the EU, as well as to raise awareness of EU policies within the country itself,” she added.

(Ondřej Plevák | EURACTIV.cz)

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