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The Presidency of the Council of the European Union takeover

On 30 June, we symbolically took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from France. The handover took place in a very friendly atmosphere at the residence of the French Ambassador Laurence Auer.

Each Member State holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months on a rotational basis. The task of the presidency is to determine the agenda and priorities of the Council of the EU, to preside over its meetings, to broker compromises among the states as well as to represent the Union at meetings with the other EU institutions and external partners. To ensure continuity, the member states form presidency trios that prepare a joint programme. The Czech Republic makes up the presidency trio with France, presiding the European Union in the first half of 2022, and Sweden that will take up the presidency duties on 1st of January 2023.

Symbolic handover of the EU Presidency between the Czech Ambassador Halka Kaiserová (right) and the French Ambassador Laurence Auer (left).

Symbolic handover of the EU Presidency between the Czech Ambassador Halka Kaiserová (right) and the French Ambassador Laurence Auer (left).

Speech given by the Czech Ambassador Halka Kaiserová at the French residence on the eve of the start of the Czech EU Presidency.

Speech given by the Czech Ambassador Halka Kaiserová at the French residence on the eve of the start of the Czech EU Presidency.

Czech Ambassador Halka Kaiserová (left) and French Ambassador Laurence Auer (right).

Czech Ambassador Halka Kaiserová (left) and French Ambassador Laurence Auer (right).

The presidential trio: Czech Ambassador Halka Kaiserova (middle), French Ambassador Laurence Auer (left) and Swedish Ambassador Therese Hydén (right).

The presidential trio: Czech Ambassador Halka Kaiserova (middle), French Ambassador Laurence Auer (left) and Swedish Ambassador Therese Hydén (right).