Maroš Šefčovič will be travelling to Prague within the framework of the recently announced "Energy Union Tour“ – a series of visits to EU Member States with the aim of presenting the Energy Union strategy and engaging in a dialogue with national governments, parliaments and stakeholders such as representatives of the business sector, non-profit organizations, social partners and citizens.
Vice-President Šefčovič will meet the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Bohuslav Sobotka, to present the Commission´s preliminary analysis of the opportunities the Energy Union could bring for the Czech Republic. The Vice President will also meet with deputies and senators of subcommittees dealing with European affairs, energy and transport of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, as well as with the Speaker of the Senate, Milan Štěch, and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Jan Hamáček.
Along with Czech Minister of Industry and Trade, Jan Mládek, Vice President Šefčovič will attend a working lunch on the energy efficiency dimension of the Energy Union, organised by the 'Prague Twenty' NGO. The event will provide a good opportunity for the Vice President to engage with high-level representatives from the Czech energy industry.
Finally, Vice President Šefčovič will open the 10th European Nuclear Energy Forum, giving a keynote speech together with Prime Ministers of Czech Republic and Slovakia, Bohuslav Sobotka and Robert Fico.
Maroš Šefčovič said before the upcoming visit: "I introduced the main aspects of the Energy Union Strategy during my previous visit in April this year. Now I will focus on the specific and tangible benefits that the Strategy can bring for the Czech Republic. I would also like to discuss the possible difficulties that we might encounter at EU or national level during the implementation process of the Energy Union".