Department for European Legal and Institutional Support

The Head of the Department is Mr Štěpán Pech.

The Department for European Institutional and Legal Support is responsible for the coordination of institutional agenda and institutional communication as well as for legal analyses of certain European topics. Moreover, the Department conducts an analytical monitoring of selected EU economic affairs and elaborates on the economic effects of particular EU policies. In addition to that, the Department defines national positions towards various aspects of proceedings connected to UK withdrawal from the EU. Last but not least, the Department supervises the implementation of the Action Plan to Promote Czech citizens in the EU institutions.

The Department for European Institutional and Legal Support is composed of two units:

  • Legal and Analytical Support Unit,
  • Institutional Support Unit.

 

Legal and Analytical Support Unit

The Legal and Analytical Support Unit is in charge of arranging expert opinions and both legal and economic analyses for the Prime Minister and the State Secretary for European Affairs. Furthermore, the Unit oversees specific legal documents and legislative acts of high importance affecting the EU acquis. Within the Section for European Affairs, the Unit is responsible for drafting documents related to infringement procedures and provides information about ongoing and possible upcoming procedures as well.

Furthermore, the Unit conducts an analytical monitoring of selected EU economic affairs and elaborates on the economic effects of particular EU policies. Consequently, the Unit runs the Database of various economic, social, and other indicators concerning EU policies. Besides that, the Unit represents the Office of the Government when dealing with the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA ČR). Additionally, the Unit defines national positions towards various aspects of proceedings connected to UK withdrawal from the EU and associated end of the transition period. In connection with that, the Unit manages the website www.brexitinfo.cz/en/.

The Head of the Unit is Mr Ondřej Hofmann

Institutional Support Unit

The Institutional Support Unit is responsible for cooperation with the European Parliament (EP), the monitoring of its weekly agenda, providing analysis and opinions in this field and organizing meetings with EP representatives, including Czech MEPs. It is focused on EU institutional reform and prepares informational documents and briefings for use by both the civil service and the general public. The unit is also in charge of communication with the Committees in charge of European affairs of both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Czech Parliament. Furthermore, it is the Czech national contact point for requests regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents under Regulation 1049/2001 and deals with related issues of EU legislative transparency. Another important task of the unit is the monitoring and implementation of the Strategy for Support of Czech Citizen Employment in EU Institutions. It deals with sending seconded national experts to EU institutions, cooperating with Czechs already working in the EU institutions, and intensively supports their further career perspectives. The unit is also co-involved in the preparations for the Conference on the Future of Europe and is responsible for organizing the study visits of European Commission officials to the Czech Republic.

The Unit is headed by Ms Tereza Kůnová.