Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Logo of the Czech presidency of the EU

On the 1st of July 2022, the Czech Republic assumed its second presidency of the EU Council. The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every 6 months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council. The Czech Republic took over this role from France and it will be handed over to Sweden on the 1st of January 2023.

The country has chosen as its motto for its presidency “Europe as a Task”. In the current climate in Europe, this motto reminds us of an opportunity to think and act together, as well as, or even more importantly, it is a call for accountability and determining action based on the values that our conscience requires us to pursue. It is a reflection on the idea that if we want to live up to the expectations of this historical moment, our triple challenge is to rethink, rebuild and repower Europe.

During its presidency, the Czech Republic will focus on five closely linked priority areas:

  1. Managing the refugee crisis and Ukraine’s post-war recovery
  2. Energy security
  3. Strengthening Europe’s defense capabilities and cyberspace security
  4. Strategic resilience of the European economy
  5. Resilience of democratic institutions

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