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Czechia´s future is connected with the EU

The Czech Republic's future is connected with the EU and the country should play an active, responsible and uniting role in the Union in the months after the European Parliamentary elections, the supreme elected officials agreed in a joint statement released after their meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, President Miloš Zeman warmly welcomed the President of the Senate, Jaroslav Kubera, to whom he congratulated on the "great speech at the Terezín Memorial". Zeman appreciated that Kubera said that totalitarianism and racial intolerance are completely different today, being "hidden in talks on ecology, environment, gender equality, political correctness, and multiculturalism".

In the document published after the talks, the supreme officials, i.e., President Miloš Zeman, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, President of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera and Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies Radek Vondráček, stressed the importance of the strategic agenda, which will set the EU policy strategy for the coming years. "The Czech Republic will advocate that this strategy and its realization will take very clearly into account the expectations that the Czech citizens have towards the EU, i.e., a vision of a democratic, prosperous and secure Europe, which is open to new ideas and trends and strong in international affairs," the report says.

"It is important to reduce the powers of the European Commission and strengthen the powers of the European Council," Jaroslav Kubera said, summing up the conclusions of the meeting.

The EU's policy strategy must also be reflected in the multiannual financial framework, politicians said. "The Czech Republic will continue to actively promote its interests and priorities in the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework, focusing on the continuation of traditional EU policies, securing resources for new priorities and enabling the flexible use of EU funds according to the preferences and decisions of the Czech Republic," they added.

Politicians also commented on the upcoming Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group, which is to start in July. Czechia is to promote a "sensible Europe" and focus on sensible solutions, revolutionary technologies, and unifying approaches. "The Presidency's ambition is to identify and promote common V4 proposals in the EU whenever it is beneficial to V4 citizens and the EU as a whole," the document says.

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