On July 1, 2022, the Czech Republic began its second Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Built around the slogan “Europe as a Task: Rethink, Rebuild, Repower”, the Presidency will lead the Council’s work on the most pressing geopolitical issues of the day, including the conflict in Ukraine, and will be responsible for driving forward key legislative initiatives focused on the twin transition.
The Czech Republic launched preparations for the Presidency in July 2018. However, the conflict in Ukraine has necessitated a re-evaluation of the key priorities for the coming six months. This is reflected in the five pillars set out in the Presidency Work Programme, being:
- Managing the refugee crisis and Ukraine’s post-war recovery;
- Energy security;
- Strengthening Europe’s defense capabilities and cyberspace security
- Strategic resilience of the European economy; and
- Resilience of democratic institutions.
This report from Kekst CNC’s Brussels team presents and analyses the priorities of the Presidency, focusing on the areas of energy and sustainability, industrial strategy and competitiveness, and Technology, Media and Telecommunications.