EM Germany Newsletter CW 27/2022 | „Europe as a Task“ – Czech Republic’s EU Presidency in Times of War
„Europe as a task“ is the motto of the Czech EU Council Presidency, reminiscent of Václav Havel, and it is finally being taken seriously under the new government. While under ex-Prime Minister Babiš the presidency was prepared to be the most low-cost presidency, his successor in Prague, Petr Fiala, sees the rotating presidency as an acid test.
With climate change, inflation, the energy crisis, and the war in Ukraine overshadowing everything, the challenges are indeed at least as great as they were during the German Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The five priorities of the Presidency are therefore correctly set, and it is characteristic of the change in Prague that the strengthening of the resilience of democratic institutions is included as an overarching theme.
However, our neighbour (notoriously disregarded in German European politics) remains vague about this EM Germany priority. As our #EBDGrafik shows, concrete proposals of the European Parliament to strengthen European democracy, such as the EU electoral law reform, the abolition of unanimity in the Council of Foreign Ministers, and the initiation of a European Convention, are not mentioned. Likewise, the new Presidency does not say a word about how it intends to close the transparency gap in the Council – a project of the German government, by the way.
So, despite strong priorities, there are still questions that we will discuss in EM Germany’s Briefing on the Presidency next week on Monday.
General Secretary of the European Movement Germany
EM Germany News
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The Future of Europe – Member Meeting of the European Movement International (EMI) | The Russian invasion of Ukraine, the conference on the future of Europe and the EU electoral law – these landmark issues dominated the hybrid meeting of EMI members on the future of the EU and Europe. EM Germany Secretary General Bernd Hüttemann and Tobias Köck, Vice President of EMI participated in the cross-border networking. | More (in German)
In order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the EM Germany hosts its events as video conferences whenever possible.
08.07.2022 | „EM Germany Briefing: Commission direct“ with Dr. Sabine Weyand, Head of the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission. The subsequent discussion is moderated by EM Germany’s Secretary-General Bernd Hüttemann.
13.07.2022 | „EM Germany Briefing Czech EU Council Presidency“ with Tomáš Kafka, Czech Ambassador to Germany, and Sibylle Sorg, Head of the European Department at the Federal Foreign Office. The initial comment is made by Patrick Lobis, Deputy Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Germany, and Dr. Linn Selle, President of EM Germany. The event will be moderated by EM Germany’s General-Secretary Bernd Hüttemann.
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