Czechs Still on Course despite Floods

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Czechs Still on Course despite Floods


The Czech Republic is still on course for completing EU accession negotiations this year, despite the additional problems created by the summer floods, according to the Danish Presidency of the EU. But nothing can yet be taken for granted, minister for foreign affairs Per Stig Miller made clear after meeting Czech foreign minister Cyril Svoboda last week. "I am pleased to note that the Czech Republic has made great progress in its preparations for membership of the EU", said the Council of Ministers President. "The terrible floods that hit the Czech Republic during August have given the Czech Government a daunting task of rebuilding and restoring. However, this has not slowed down the country's preparations for EU membership". Reaffirming that the Danish EU Presidency remains determined to complete the negotiations with the first group of candidate countries before the end of the year, he added however that "We face some difficult negotiations before this goal is fulfilled". And he said his talks with Svoboda "confirmed that the Czech Republic will participate in these negotiations with a realistic and constructive approach."

Meanwhile, the European Union launched a call for proposals on 30 September for civil society organizations in the Czech Republic to help in reconstruction efforts following the floods. …

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