Czech EU presidency passes beer baton to Sweden

20-06-2009

As the countdown begins to the end of its presidency of the European Union, the Czech Republic has symbolically passed the baton to the incoming Swedish presidency – in the form of a barrel of beer. The Czech minister for European affairs, Štefan Füle, and former deputy PM for European affairs Alexandr Vondra made the presentation to Sweden’s ambassador to Prague, Rolf Ericsson, on the Vltava River in Prague on Saturday evening. The passing of the torch occurred against the backdrop of the end of the United Islands of Prague music festival, which took place at various venues on the Vltava.