Cowen to Visit the Czech Republic

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brian Cowen T.D., will pay an official visit to the Czech Republic on 27 and 28 June 2001.

During the visit the Minister will have discussions on Czech accession to the European Union and regional issues including the Balkans. The Minister will also brief his Czech hosts on the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

The Minister will pay a courtesy call on President Václav Havel on Wednesday 27 June. On Thursday 28 June he will have meetings with the Prime Minister, Mr. Miloš Zeman, the Foreign Minister, Mr. Jan Kavan, the Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Václav Klaus, and the First Deputy Chairman of the Senate, Dr. Premsyl Sobotka.

Following a press conference at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday 28 June, the Minister will participate with Foreign Minister Kavan in an open discussion on the future of Europe.

An outline programme for the visit is attached.

Visit by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Brian Cowen T.D.,

to the Czech Republic

27 - 28 June 2001

Wednesday 27 June

14:00 Call on with President Václav Havel

18:00 Reception hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Collins

Thursday June 28

09:00 Meeting with First Deputy Chairman of Senate, Dr. Premsyl Sobotka

09:45 Meeting with Prime Minister, Mr. Miloš Zeman

11:15 Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jan Kavan

12:00 Working luncheon hosted by Minister Jan Kavan

13:30 Press conference

14:00 Public “Future of Europe”discussion

15:00 Chairman of Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Václav Klaus


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