After taking over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Czech Republic outlined its priorities in parliamentary committees in a series of meetings.
The ministers revealed that, among other things, the Czech Presidency will focus on resilient tourism as well as on environmentally-friendly travel, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the EU Parliament, on July 12, Transport Minister Martin Kupka and Deputy Prime Minister for Digitization and Minister of Regional Development Ivan Bartoš stressed that the Czech Presidency will focus on measures aimed at raising the stability of the sector. tourism.
In addition, it was stressed that the President will also focus on measures to decarbonize transportation and promote railways, i.e., they plan to promote environmental travel.
“Transport Minister Martin Kupka and Deputy Prime Minister for Digitization and Regional Development Minister Ivan Bartoš stressed that the Presidency will focus on measures to decarbonise transportation, advance railways, make sure solidarity lanes work for Ukraine and increase the stability of the tourism sector, ” the statement of Parliament reads.
The Minister of Transport promised MEPs that policies on Single European Sky, sustainable fuels for the aviation and maritime sectors, alternative fuel infrastructure, intelligent transport systems, and TEN-T would also be advanced.
Additionally, Transport Committee MEPs urged the Presidency to make more efforts to address road safety and mobility difficulties and to ensure that EU countries are united in response to any possible new COVID-19 pandemic wave. .
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Agriculture and rural development, as well as women’s rights and gender equality, are also among the top priorities of the Czech Presidency of the Council.
According to Agriculture Minister Zdeněk Nekula, the impact of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine on food security is a top priority. The minister said the Presidency would seek an early start for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy to provide flexibility to Member States as well as a temporary exemption to handle the crisis. Moreover, the Presidency will also give priority to negotiations on the sustainable use of plant production products.
On women’s rights and gender equality, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Marian Jurečka, stressed that the Czech Presidency will strive to achieve progress on the pay transparency directive. There will also be Council conclusions on gender equality, and the Presidency is expected to look at economic equality for men and women with a special focus on youth.