Europe Without Barriers
Czech Republic will hold Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2009. It will take over this position from France.
Motto of the Czech Presidency is "Europe without barriers".
The Czech Ministry of Defence contributes within the EU to work of the European Security and Defence Policy, whose body is the General Affairs and External Relations Council.
The Czech Republic actively participates in foreign military operations of the European Union. In the past, soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic served on EU missions to Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Chad, we have representation at the EU military structures in Begium and Germany. At present, Czech soldiers are deployed to ALTHEA mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to ICAR mission in Chad.
During the half-year Presidency, the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic will be concerned with planning and organisation of Informal Meeting of EU Defence Ministers, session of directors for security policy of EU countries and other meetings of specialists, who plan the use of military force of EU members.
Posted: May 29, 2008