Energy policy dominates Fiala’s first Brussels visit

Energy policy was the main topic of discussion between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS), who visited Brussels for the first time Thursday.

Fiala visited Brussels in his capacity as prime minister for the first time to attend the EU-Africa summit.

According to Fiala, he and von der Leyen agreed that Europe must reduce its dependence on Russian gas given the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border. The Czech government is one of the loudest supporters of Ukraine however, pro-Russian President Miloš Zeman is weakening the position.

Earlier on Thursday, the Czech prime minister also met with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer. The two leaders discussed the importance of nuclear energy for the Czech Republic. Austria plans to file a lawsuit with the EU Court of Justice against the Commission’s decision to classify nuclear energy and natural gas as green investments temporarily. In contrast, Czechia welcomed the step.

Fiala also met European Parliament President Roberta Metsola. His first months in office have been marked by a surprising lack of foreign visits and a focus on the domestic budget. Opposition against the Pandemic Law amendment his cabinet is pushing, forced Fiala to cancel a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders in Paris on Wednesday.

(Ondřej Plevák |


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