Fiala weakens the EU veto

PM Petr Fiala spoke repeatedly about wanting an EU consensus on energy policy but then threatened last week to outvote Germany if it didn’t agree to impose a cap on the price of natural gas. A cap was agreed on Sun. after Berlin came on board, and the final result was presented as a major victory, although three countries were ultimately outvoted (Austria and the Netherlands abstained, Hungary voted No). EU Affairs Min. Mikuláš Bek went into the Czech EU presidency with the stated goal of changing the EU voting system. He was prepared to give up the veto power of small countries in some key areas as a way to push through faster EU enlargement. No formal change was made in this respect, but the symbolism of a Czech EU presidency that was “extraordinarily successful at working out compromises” (in Bek’s words) is significant. One of the countries that most valued the interests of the individual member states is now a leader in suppressing them for the greater good.

FW221221

Source

Recent posts

See All
  • Hans Weber
  • May 30, 2024

Norwegian Embassy in Prague

  • Hans Weber
  • May 30, 2024

Embassy of the Netherlands in Czechia

  • Hans Weber
  • May 30, 2024

Embajada de México en la República Checa

Prague Forum Membership

Join us

Be part of building bridges and channels to engage all the international key voices and decision makers living in the Czech Republic.

Become a member

Prague Forum Membership

Join us

    Close