The Role of Smaller EU Member States in the Post-Lisbon Environment
HE Karel Schwarzenberg, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
Chair: Lord Wallace of Saltaire, Government Whip, Spokesman for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence and Home Office (Security and Police)
The latest enlargements of the EU and the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty have changed the balance of voting in the European Council and other European institutions. The recent financial difficulties of some European countries have posed different challenges to eurozone and non-eurozone countries. The events of the Arab Spring, and those in the Ukraine, Belarus and other countries have placed different demands on the southern and eastern neighbourhood policies of the EU. The speaker will explore the role of a centrally located, medium-sized, non-eurozone EU country such as the Czech Republic in all this.