Prague Mayor to bring sustainability into focus during Czechia’s EU presidency


The rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union is held for a period of six months by one of the 27 EU Member States.

In order to maintain the consistency of the EU’s activity in the Council during this six-month period, the country which holds the presidency presides over meetings at every level of the Council.

The presidency was held by France in the first half of 2022, from January 1 to June 30. France handed over the power of the EU Council Presidency to Czechia on July 1, which means that Prague will essentially become the EU capital for the following six months.

Mayor of Prague Zdeněk Hřib stated on social media: ‘’Sustainability together with energy self-sufficiency are topics that I especially want to address with other European city leaders during our presidency.’’

Last weekend, the Czech capital officially celebrated this important moment by organizing workshops, movie screenings, exhibitions, concerts, and other musical performances, among other things.

The end of the French presidency was also marked in the city of Nantes. This university city, which is the sixth-largest in France and has an extraordinarily rich past, is very vibrant and dynamic.

To commemorate the conclusion of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the fountain in Place Royale was illuminated in blue and yellow – the colors of the flag of the European Union.

Mayor of Nantes Johanna Rolland stated on social media: ‘’Nantes, Nantes Métropole, and the people of Nantes bring the European project to life on a daily basis. We need a strong, united Europe that protects us and defends our values and our freedom.’’ (photo credit: Tetiana SHYSHKINA/Unsplash)