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Czech Republic: EU Presidency

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Czech Republic's agenda for its presidency of the EU. (245466)

The Czech presidency of the EU began on 1 January and ends on 30 June 2009. The Czech Government have said that over the next six months the presidency will focus on energy, external and economic issues. The priorities of the Czech presidency are very much in line with Government objectives and we look forward to working with the Czech Government and our other EU partners on these issues. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office produces a Command Paper on each EU presidency every six months and this will be laid before the House before the end of January. It will also be placed in the Library of the House and on the FCO website at: