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15. 9. 2010 14:00

Prime Minster to fly to Brussels, will discuss Canadian visas

Petr Nečas is to represent the Czech Republic as Prime Minister for the first time at a session of the Council of Europe.

He will also meet the head of NATO, the President of the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission and the British Prime Minister.
“We will discuss Canadian visas and for us it is necessary that this issue of the imposition of Canadian visas for citizens of the Czech Republic is addressed by the European Union at Union level. The EU should react to the fact that some of its citizens are being discriminated against in comparison to others,” said Prime Minister Petr Nečas.

According to the Prime Minister, at the Council of Europe the Czech delegation will also present its opinion on the control of national budgets. “We will prioritise a general discussion about the principles of national budgets in the form of a political commitment. Legal acts by the EU are not an appropriate instrument for ensuring budget discipline by national states,” the Prime Minister added.

Another subject will be the bank tax on which the Czech Republic has a differing opinion. “Nevertheless, for us it is a vital question, we have fundamental reasons for our position, we negotiated an exception at the June session of the Council of Europe and it is important for us that this be incorporated into European legislation”, Petr Nečas said.
Within the framework of this visit, on Wednesday evening the Prime Minister will meet the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barros, and the Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Olli Rehn. On Thursday, in addition to the Council of Europe, the Prime Minister will participate in a meeting with the General Secretary of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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