Information published during the Czech EU Presidency - year 2009.



Last ECOFIN meeting under the auspices of the Czech Presidency

On Tuesday 9 June, for the last time during the Czech Presidency, EU Ministers responsible for finance and economy will meet in Luxembourg. The ECOFIN meeting will be chaired by Czech Finance Minister and ECOFIN President Eduard Janota.


Sweden takes over the EU Council Presidency from the Czech Republic on 1 July 2009

The main priorities of the Swedish Presidency include the fight against the consequences of the economic crisis and against climate change. Sweden and the preceding French and Czech Presidencies form the Trio Presidency. The rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union is held for six months by each Member State in turn. However, the Presidencies work in Trios so as to maintain the continuity in the running of the Council.


Finance Minister Eduard Janota takes the floor at COSAC

On 10 – 12 May Prague hosts the 41st Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC). In today’s part of the meeting the parliamentarians discussed among other things the current economic and financial situation in Europe. Czech Finance Minister Eduard Janota and former Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek addressed the conference as well.


EU Finance Ministers meet at ECOFIN Council

After the April informal meeting held in Prague, the EU Finance Ministers met again in Brussels.

  • European Union Presidency Conclusions of the Ministerial Dialogue between the Economic and Finance Ministers of the EU and the Candidate Countries - on 5 May 2009, Brussels


Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek attends IMF and WB meetings

On 25–26 April, Washington hosted the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB). The Czech delegation was headed by Miroslav Kalousek, the Czech Finance Minister and WB governor on behalf of the Czech Republic, and Zdeněk Tůma, the Governor of the Czech National Bank representing at the same time the Czech Republic as the IMF Governor.


Coreper and EP approve regulation on credit rating agencies

The Regulation on credit rating agencies – a key topic on the agenda of the Czech Presidency – was approved today by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) and by the European Parliament. The final approval of the compromise text of the regulation, drafted by the Czech Presidency, is a significant step toward enhancing the transparency of financial markets.


Czech Presidency hopes for a smooth confirmation of agreement on CRD

On Friday 17 April 2009 the Czech Presidency informed the Member States about the state of play on the negotiation of the amendments to the Capital Requirements Directive. A preliminary agreement has been reached between the Presidency and the representatives of the European Parliament on all of the important political issues.


Informal ECOFIN: day one (3.04.2009)

On 3 and 4 April, Prague hosts an informal meeting of finance and economy ministers and governors of central banks of the European Union.


G-20 Summit in London

Czech Prime Minister and President of the European Council Mirek Topolánek together with Czech Finance Minister and President of the Ecofin Council Miroslav Kalousek are attending the G20 Summit in London.


European Customs continue simplifying import and export procedures

A meeting of Directors General of Customs from the EU Member States, the candidate countries Croatia and Turkey, as well as Serbia, FYROM, Norway and Switzerland ended in Prague today. The motto of the meeting was “Moving Forward Together”. The Directors General discussed the so-called Prague Challenge, which outlines the basic direction of development in the sphere of the electronisation of customs procedures (eCustoms).


Kalousek takes part in ECON meeting with National Parliaments

Today, Czech Finance Minister and ECOFIN Council President Miroslav Kalousek took part in a meeting of the EP Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) with National Parliaments.

  • Speech by Miroslav Kalousek, Minister od Finance, at ECON meeting with National Parliaments


EU Finance Ministers hold Ecofin Council meeting in Brussels

Czech Minister of Finance Miroslav Kalousek chaired the Ecofin Council for the second time. With respect to the preparations for the Spring European Council, the Finance Ministers discussed the implementation of national measures under the European Economic Recovery Plan. In relation to this issue the Ecofin Council also touched upon issues of space for the execution of fiscal stimuli and the appropriate timing of budget consolidation.