On November 8, RMSSP students welcomed Jan Král, Head of European Policies Coordination Department of the Government of the Czech Republic, who has served in this office for more than 6 years. Within this role, he had to solve a wide range of difficult situations, but always had a single priority – to maintain a united voice of the Czech Republic in the European Union.
The discussion began with an explanation of the department's duties, mainly the formulation, coordination and carrying out of Czech Republic policy in EU relations, ensuring the rights and commitments stemming from the Czech Republic's membership in the EU and laying the groundwork for the activity of the Committee for the EU. Besides, the department is involved in preparing positions and instructions for negotiations within EU bodies.
Mr. Král noted that the question of negotiating Brexit was tackled at an early stage. Yet there is officially no agreement on which EU body takes responsibility for this matter. Broadly speaking it is expected to be the European Council because it is hardly imaginable that national governments would pass their rights in this unprecedented situation to the supranational Commission.
It has been also highlighted that lobbying in the EU structures is very effective tool, but the Czech Republic has to learn how to use it more effectively. While communication with the members of the European Parliament does work, the effect is not very visible due to the competencies of the Parliament. Reaching to the European Commissioners might appear to be much more difficult, but still an effective venue to push through the Czech Republic's interests.
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