Report on the Foreign Policy of the Czech Republic 2004
28.11.2005 / 10:20
You have in your hands the sixth annual Report on the Foreign Policy of the Czech Republic, which was prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and summarises Czech foreign policy in 2004.
On 1 May 2004, the Czech Republic joined the European Union, thus achieving the fundamental goal that Czech foreign policy had been targeted at since 1989. This goal is also a new beginning, however. Membership of the European Union constitutes a major new challenge and opportunity for the Czech Republic and its citizens. We can now take full part in the great project of European cooperation. This report will enable you to judge how successfully the Czech Republic has asserted its interests within the European Union and defended the priorities that the cabinet formulated in its Government Policy Statement of 19 August 2004.
Besides information on our involvement in the EU, this report also summarises the work of our diplomatic service in two other key areas: strengthening Euro-Atlantic ties and furthering friendly relations with our neighbours. You will also find information on the economic dimension of Czech foreign policy, on the enduring emphasis we place on human rights and on spreading the democratic system of government in the globalised international environment, as well as information on many other matters.
I hope and trust that you will find this annual report useful.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
of the Czech Republic