Prague, 19 May 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides began his working visit to the Czech Republic with a meeting with the Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic Mikuláš Bek.

The purpose of the visit was the exchange of perspectives on current EU agenda topics in light of the impending Presidency of the European Council.

Council of the European Union

The running of the Council of the European Union is the responsibility of the Council of the European Union’s Presidency.

Every six months, the presidency is rotated among EU member states. The position of the President is held by the national governments, not by individuals.

Additionally, the President’s role is to preside over council sessions and set agendas. Importantly, it establishes a work plan and facilitates cooperation with other EU institutions and at Council sessions.

European Union’s Presidency (2022-2023)

Presidency trios are three consecutive Presidential terms. France (January–.June 2022), the Czech Republic (July–December 2022), and Sweden (January–July 2023) make up the current trio (2022–2023).

As the Czech Republic (July–December 2022) will hold the Presidency of the European Council and it has importance in its region.

Also, Cyprus is hoping that the Czech Republic will anticipate working to strengthen the European industry’s competitiveness and the economy during its EU Council presidency.

Czech Republic’s goals after the Presidency

The Czech Republic’s Confederation of Industry will emphasize the need of maintaining a business-friendly European Union. And will try to establish a level playing field and fair conditions for all member nations’ entrepreneurs.

Along with, EU membership, Cyprus is part of the EU. EU legislation is suspended in places where the Cypriot government does not exercise effective control.

Cyprus also has a permanent representation in Brussels, where it engages with EU authorities. At last, Cyprus’s “EU embassy” has the primary responsibility to guarantee that the country’s interests and policies are adequately pursued in the EU.

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