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Czech Republic: Foreign Relations

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will invite the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus, to make an address to hon. Members on achieving better co-operation in Europe during his term of office as President of the European Council; and if he will seek to arrange for that address to be delivered in the precincts of the House. (250923)

There are currently no plans to invite President Klaus to make an address to the House. President Klaus, as the Czech Head of State, has an important role to play in the presidency. But Prime Minister Topolanek, as Head of the Czech Executive, is the President of the Council. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary met Prime Minister Topolanek in London on 18 December 2008. We have every confidence in the Czech presidency's ability to promote better European cooperation through their presidency objectives of a "Europe without Barriers".