Czech EU presidency cost 3.25 billion CZK, so far


The finance ministry has said that the costs of the Czech EU Presidency amounted to 3.25 billion crowns by the end of September. This figure is roughly half a billion crown less than what was originally budgeted for the period of 2007 to 2009. That sum will rise before the ministry gives the government the final calculation in the first quarter of next year. The Czech Republic took the EU’s six-month rotating presidency over from France at the start of 2009. That country reported about the same costs, i.e. 3.77 billion crowns, but also stated it was approximately twice the average.