Analysts: government faces difficult task in improving image of Czech EU presidency

08-05-2009

In related news, one of the tasks faced by the caretaker cabinet will be to improve the image of the Czech EU presidency, which many observers say suffered after the fall of the previous government. Czech news agency ČTK reported on the matter on Friday. A number of recent informal summits hosted by the Czech EU presidency, such as a meeting on regional development, had since seen a low turn-out by European officials. Many, including the Czech ambassador to the EU, Milena Vicenová, described the fall of the previous government halfway through the EU presidency as most unfortunate. The Czech Republic took over the running of the EU on January 1, and immediately had to address a number of international crises - including the conflict in Gaza and the gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine.