Prague celebrated the beginning of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU


A few days ago, the Czech Republic has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the EU and Prague symbolically became the Capital of Europe for the second half of 2022. From June 24 to July 1, a series of program and events were prepared for the citizens of Prague and visitors to the metropolis under the motto "Prague meets Europe". The goal was to demonstrate that the EU is not just an institution, but that the European Union is first and foremost about people.

Prague celebrated the beginning of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU

"We see the Czech EU Presidency as a great opportunity to raise the profile of the Czech capital, communicate and promote Prague's priorities, especially in the area of climate policy, sustainability and green transformation of the economy towards greater energy self-sufficiency of our city. At the same time, it is a great opportunity to exchange know-how with other European cities and partners and to involve Prague in key European initiatives," says the Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib.

Prague, the Heart of Europe was a multi-genre happening designed not only for Prague citizens but also for visitors to our metropolis. The aim of the event was to show Prague as a city that is lively, friendly and full of surprises. As part of the beginning of the Czech EU Presidency, the wider centre of Prague was enlivened by dance choreographies and parades. Walking through the centre, visitors could play a knowledge game, watch a children's theatre or meet a giant lion puppet that represented the Czech Republic at the World EXPO in Dubai. On June 24, 25, 30 and July 1, a special parade with flags of the EU Member States and marched from Hradčanské náměstí through Charles Bridge and Mariánské náměstí to Old Town Square.

The area near the Rudolfinum hosted the multi-genre happening Prague, the Heart of Europe, with talks on the Czech membership in the EU, musical performances, theatre performances or fun activities for both adults and children.

Mariánské náměstí became the venue where on Friday, June 24, the Deputy Mayor of Paris symbolically handed over the Presidency to the Mayor of Prague and both took part in a public debate on cooperation between Paris, Prague and Stockholm. In the evening, a part of Mariánské náměstí was transformed into a summer cinema which screened French, Swedish and Czech films and hosted a small festival with a tasting of French cuisine.

The programme at the Centre for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) focused on Prague, Paris and Stockholm - the three cities sharing the Presidency. During three thematic discussions, they explored best practices in all three cities and searched for where can Prague get inspired, and where in turn our capital can inspire others. Each discussion was then followed by a summer cinema.

The Hybernská Campus joined in the celebrations with a series of programmes for adults and children focusing on topics such as circularity, upcycling and urban gardening in practice. On Friday afternoon, electronics repairers were trying to extend the life of household products, and over the weekend visitors could enjoy a follow-up programme in the Circular Workshop and musical performances.

The multifunctional space Čapadlo by the Vltava river on Smetana Embankment hosted the Noblis Arte Mortem exhibition made from recycled waste. The City of Prague presented a green hydroponic wall and the evenings offered musical performances by artists from France, Sweden and Poland. The celebrations also included the ceremonial lighting of Petrin Hill and the New Town Hall in EU colours on June 30 and July 1.

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