Policy Statement of the new Czech Government
17.02.2014 / 14:42
We publish the chapter of the Policy Statement of the Czech Government dedicated to the European Union.
The Czech Government, formed by the common will of the Czech Social Democratic Party, the ANO 2011 Movement and the Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party, presents itself to the Czech public and the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament convinced that it is seeking confidence built on a clearly communicated program of new government policies.
3. Ministerial priorities
Government policy shall be based strictly and entirely on the Coalition Agreement between the ČSSD, the ANO 2011 Movement and the KDU-ČSL for the 2013-2017 Electoral Term. Individual ministries shall pursue the following priorities in particular:
3.16 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
- The Government views states and institutions of the European Union as the main guarantors of security, prosperity, democracy and solidarity in Europe today. Therefore, it shall actively strive for a European Union which is politically influential and capable, economically competitive, a defender of democratic values and promoter of social cohesion and human dignity. The aim of our European policy is focus on the core of the European integration and operate in the European area as a comprehensible and credible partner.
- In accordance with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, and with an emphasis on the individual responsibility of Member States, the Government shall support the intensification of European integration and cooperation, especially in economic policy and the internal market, social solidarity and employment, energy, transport, financial services, research, development and the environment.
- The stabilisation of the economic and monetary situation in the European Union is a primary concern of the Czech Republic. The Government shall support steps towards the deeper coordination of economic and fiscal policy and towards the restoration of confidence in the European financial sector. It shall revise the existing reticent opinions on monetary integration and financial cooperation. As a sign of its responsible fiscal policy, the Government shall accede to the fiscal pact (the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) and, in view of how closely the Czech and European financial sectors are integrated, the Government shall actively defend its interests in the emerging banking union, including preparations for accession.
- Considering the still untapped potential of the European Union’s internal market, the Government shall push for the elimination of existing obstructions and the prevention of new barriers to the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour. The Government shall support a European Union open inwards and outwards while maintaining and strengthening social standards. In the Government’s opinion, ambitious trade and investment agreements with third states are an integral part of Europe’s competitiveness and its priority is to complete negotiations on the transatlantic trade and investment partnership between the European Union and the USA. The Government shall actively participate in the formulation of the European Union’s energy and climate policy so as to maintain the competitiveness of the economy. The Government shall promote a discussion on European and domestic economic reforms through the National Reform Programme as a key strategy document of national economic policy.
- Regarding the European Union’s external operations, the Government shall place an emphasis on the greater efficiency and interconnection of the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the strengthening of the Eastern Partnership and the enlargement of the European Union, in particular to embrace the countries of the Western Balkans, upon fulfilment of conditions by the candidate countries. The Government shall continue to support the proportionate participation of the Czech Republic in missions and operations under the Common Security and Defence Policy.
- The Government shall make better use of the possibilities offered by European Union membership. To improve competitiveness and the quality of life in the Czech Republic, it shall draw on EU funds more efficiently, with a particular emphasis on supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged regions, and shall intensify supervision of the use of such funds. The Government shall take systemic measures to strengthen the Czech Republic’s single and active policy within EU institutions. It shall play a more active role in posting Czech citizens to European institutions and shall establish regular dialogue with European institutions. It shall also cooperate more actively with representatives of the Czech Republic in the European Parliament.
- The Government shall increase dialogue with the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Czech Parliament, social partners and civil society in formulating and promoting the interests of the Czech Republic. The Government shall provide a coordinated front to the European Union. Inter-ministerial coordination shall be the responsibility of the Government Office. European policy shall be developed in close cooperation between the Government Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries. The Government shall prepare a concept for Czech operations in the European Union and shall implement a European communication strategy, under which it shall hold intensive dialogue on European issues with experts and citizens of the Czech Republic.
- Policy Statement of The Government of The Czech Republic