21. 11. 2012 15:45

Governmental Committee for European Union approved the mandate for the November European Council

The main point on the agenda of the 119th meeting of the Committee for the European Union at the governmental level which took place on 21 November 2012 was the approval of the mandate for the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic for the European Council meeting. The summit will be held from 22 to 23 November 2012 in Brussels.

The mandate provides the Prime Minister with a strong and flexible position for the final phase of negotiations on the multiannual financial framework of the EU. An effective cohesion policy aimed at the least developed Member States and regions and support for growth-oriented policies with positive impact on competitiveness remain key priorities of the Czech Republic.

The Committee for the European Union also approved an updated position of the Czech Republic for further negotiations on the future of the EU Common Agricultural Policy. It also discussed an assessment of the implementation of measures of the 2012 National Reform Programme. In the context of the current negotiations on the Comprehensive and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada, the Committee confirmed its determination to finding a solution to lift the visa requirements imposed by Canada on the Czech Republic. The Committee was informed on the positive outcome of negotiations with the European Commission resulting in resumption of payments in Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness.

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