European Parliament presidents in Prague ahead of Council presidency –

Prague and the European Parliament are partners in difficult times caused by war, key EU lawmakers and Czech leaders agreed during a meeting in the country’s capital ahead of Czechia’s six-month term in office. head of the Council of the EU.

Challenges stemming from Russian aggression in Ukraine raise expectations for the upcoming Czech EU Presidency, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Thursday (June 16th) following his meeting in Prague with European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, and the leaders of the political groups in Parliament.

He informed them of the presidency’s priorities, officially presented on Wednesday 15 June. Prague will take over the rotating presidency of the EU Council from Paris on July 1.

“It is crucial for us to tell each other, always before the start of the presidency, what each of us expects and how we can help each other,” Fiala said, praising Metsola’s continued help.

Metsola said the following months will shape the future of Europe through its reactions to the brutal aggression in Ukraine and also through the measures taken to combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fiala said the debate with parliament leaders also focused on EU enlargement, mainly by Western Balkan states, but both sides also agreed on the need to grant candidate status to the EU. EU to Ukraine.

The discussion also focused on migration, security goals, energy security, self-sufficiency and EU climate policy.

However, energy and climate policy could be areas where the two sides will clash over the next six months.

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Czechia welcomed the European Commission’s taxonomy rules, which grant special status to nuclear energy and gas, very important sources for Prague. However, recent moves by influential parliamentary committees could disrupt those plans and relaunch negotiations.

The other potentially hot topic is the EU’s proposed ban on sales of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2035, pushed by parliament but criticized by the Czech government.

Fiala promised that Czechia would push for the rules to be relaxed if the French presidency failed to obtain it.

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