Dept 53 - European Union Affairs
The Department prepares, implements and coordinates the concept of the Ministry’s relations with the Council of the EU, including its preparatory bodies, and nationally with the EU Committee. It methodically manages and systemically coordinates the preparation of the Ministry’s representatives at the ECOFIN Council meetings, including the preparation of COREPER, and the preparation of the Ministry for the European Council’s meetings and its cooperation with the finance ministries of other EU Member States and EU institutions. It coordinates and methodically manages the Ministerial Coordination Group and its subgroups. In the field of EU-related agendas, it acts as the main contact point for the Office of the Government and the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU.
Within the Ministry, it creates and methodically manages the concept of the posting of State administration staff to EU institutions. In economic and financial issues, it is responsible for bilateral relations with EU Member States and EU relations with other countries. It is involved in performing the Czech Republic’s duties in some EU Council working groups within the competence of other ministries. It provides access to relevant databases in terms of the EU agenda. It prepares the Czech Republic’s positions on the coordination of economic policy and budgetary supervision in the EU and is involved in the preparation of related documents. It monitors and analyses the underlying economic and financial trends in the EU and other countries towards which the EU coordinates its positions, and selected EU structural policies. It monitors and analyses the functioning of the Economic and Monetary Union and the implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact. It coordinates the representation and ensures the preparation of the Czech Republic in the EFC and the EFC alternates, including its subcommittees, and in the EPC, including its working groups. It is involved in providing the Ministry’s economic and financial policy outputs for the OECD. It methodologically manages and coordinates the preparation of the multi-annual financial framework and the annual budget of the EU with the emphasis on negotiating the conditions for the financing of the cohesion policy from the EU budget. It methodically ensures and co-ordinates the contributions of own resources to the EU budget and acts as the coordinator of relations with EU institutions. The Department analyses the relevant case-law of the EU Court of Justice with regard to the Ministry’s competence, proposes measures for the proper adoption of acquis and is responsible for the proper protection of the Czech Republic’s interests within the Ministry’s competence against the European Commission and the EU Court of Justice. Within the Ministry the Department ensures and systematically coordinates administrative and technical activities related to the harmonization of legislation and ensures the control of activities in the field of harmonization of Czech law with EU law. The Department is responsible for the Ministry’s relations following from its membership in the Council of Europe, participates in the preparation of selected legal documents concluded with foreign entities, including documents concluded within international organizations and institutions. The Department further cooperates in the preparation of other legal regulations which are under the responsibility of other units of the Ministry or other central administrative authorities and ensures communication with the OPC in the area of State aid. It is responsible for the administration and recovery of foreign claims of the Czech Republic. It is responsible for the activity of the Consultative Body for Foreign Claims, and cooperates with other State administration units concerned. It negotiates contracts on services provided in connection with the management of foreign debts with the relevant banks. It is responsible for the fulfilment of the agreements concluded between the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in the property division of the former CSFR in relation to Government claims and liabilities towards foreign countries. It is responsible for the keeping of records and, within its statistical activities, it prepares internal and external outputs in the field of foreign claims of the State. In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it creates a decree setting out the meal allowances for foreign business trips.
- 5301 - EU Agenda Coordination Unit
- 5302 - EU Economic and Financial Policy Unit
- 5303 - EU Budget Unit
- 5304 - EU Acquis and International Law Unit