Czech presidency to allow treaty change if there is ‘strong will,’ says minister

The Czech government will take over the presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 July for the next six months and has already outlined its priorities. Reforming treaties is not among them. [EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK]

The Czech Presidency will not prevent a call for a Convention to open the treaties if there is a strong will, EU affairs minister Mikuláš Bek said in a press conference on Monday.

The Czech government will take over the presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 July for the next six months and has already outlined its priorities. Reforming treaties is not among them.

A general discussion is expected at the General Affairs Council meeting on Tuesday, but a vote on the Convention will not occur.

The Czech government has recently expressed hostility toward opening up the treaties.

According to the Czech political analyst Zuzana Stuchlíková, the start of treaty reform is unlikely due to the war in Ukraine, the unstable geopolitical situation and the explicit opposition of the Czech government to the subject.

The European Parliament officially asked for treaty reform with the call for a Convention to follow up on proposals from citizens from the Conference on the Future of Europe.

A Convention can start after a qualified majority vote in the Council.

(Eleonora Vasques | EURACTIV.com)

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