This week, the Czechia is expecting a summit that it has never experienced before. “Drivers, avoid Prague,” warns Pojar
Prague has already experienced major events in the past, such as the meeting of the International Monetary Fund in 2000 or the signing of the START nuclear disarmament agreement between Barack Obama and Dimitri Medvedev ten years later. As for the number of heads of state in one place, the upcoming Prague summit probably has no period in modern Czech history.
“I would definitely not recommend driving around Prague or going to Prague by car, it can be really more complicated. But I believe that everyone will endure it, because Prague and the Czech Republic will once again be famous and footage from Prague Castle will go around the world or at least Europe,” says the prime minister’s advisor for foreign and security issues Tomáš Pojar, who is involved in the organization of the Prague meeting.
Turkey and Britain welcome
In the Brussels sandwiches podcast, he admits that some countries hesitated over the invitation to Prague, specifically Turkey and Great Britain. They are said to have feared that the event would be dominated by the European Union, of which they are not a member.
but according to Pojar, their fears were dispelled. “It should be an equal platform for everyone. Therefore, the Czech party as host, not the European Union, will be the main one who will welcome everyone and who will speak first,” he explains.
What role will its formal main host, i.e. President Miloš Zeman, play at the summit? Why will the meeting not result in a joint declaration? And what will decide whether the new negotiation format of all European countries without Russia and Belarus will become a tradition? Listen to the new episode of Brussels sandwiches.