Report on the Foreign Policy of the Czech Republic 2003
23.09.2004 / 10:13
You have in your hands the fifth Report on the Foreign Policy of the Czech Republic, which was prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and summarises the Czech foreign policy in 2003. You can see how the Czech diplomacy put into practice the Concept of Foreign Policy of the Czech Republic for 2003 - 2006, which the government approved in March 2003, and how it conducted itself in the overall context of international affairs.
On 17 April 2003 the Czech Republic signed the Treaty of Accession to the European Union. In the following referendum, the majority of citizens of the country supported EU accession. One of the priority tasks of Czech foreign policy since the 1989 revolution is thus nearing fruition. Our active participation in sessions of the Council of the European Union and in the preparation of the European Union's Constitutional Treaty and our constructive work at sessions of the Intergovernmental Conference in 2003 have already demonstrated that we would be a worthy member of the EU.
We have also been working on two other foreign policy priorities: strengthening Euro-Atlantic ties and furthering friendly relations with our neighbours; these relations are indeed very positive and friendly. The Czech Republic honoured its commitments stemming from NATO membership and put great effort into the war the international community is waging on international terrorism. On the multilateral forum, the Czech Republic successfully completed its presidency of the 57th General Assembly of the United Nations. This publication brings information on these and many other aspects of Czech foreign policy during 2003.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
of the Czech Republic