Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union

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Areas of Responsibility

Tasks of the Permanent Representation

The Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union was established on the date of the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU by a transformation from the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the European Communities pursuant to Government Resolution No. 208 of 27 February 2002. The statutory representative and Head of the Permanent Representation is the extraordinary and plenipotentiary Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU, who acts also as the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic in the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER II). Since 3 September 2012, this post has been held by Martin Povejšil.

Activities of the Permanent Representation

The mission of the Permanent Representation is in particular:

  • to represent Czech interests in the European Union bodies and institutions
  • to strengthen the Czech Republic’s position in the EU structures, including the corresponding presence of Czech citizens in the Union institutions
  • to create conditions for the Czech Republic’s successful participation in meetings of the supreme EU bodies, i.e. the Council of Ministers, European Council, EU Summit
  • to maintain and deepen work contacts with the representatives of the European Communities’ institutions, missions and permanent representations of other countries or supranational and international institutions, and maintain contacts with Czech citizens employed or otherwise active in the institutions of the European Community
  • to ensure communication between the public administration bodies of the Czech Republic and the European Community institutions
  • to take part in formulating the course of the Czech Republic in the European Union bodies
  • to provide the centre with proposed steps to solve technical issues related to the problems addressed by the European Union bodies and institutions
  • to appoint participants in the meetings of specialized bodies of the European Community in collaboration with central bodies and institutions
  • to provide support for delegations sent by the Czech Republic during their negotiations
  • to inform the centre about activities of the European Community and the European Union and send technical documentation and literature
  • to help increase awareness about the Czech Republic and its membership in the EU

The activities of the Permanent Representation are based on the priorities of the Czech Republic’s foreign policy.

(Source: Organizational and Operating Rules of the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU dated 15 January 2010)