The case of Czech PM: Press conference Thursday 18 June at 12.00 ahead of plenary vote 

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On Thursday 18.06 at 12.00 CONT committee chair Monika HOHLMEIER (EPP,DE) with Members who went to the fact-finding mission to Czechia will hold a press conference ahead of the plenary vote.


- Monika HOHLMEIER (EPP,DE), Chair of Budgetary Control committee


- Sándor RÓNAI (S&D, HU)

- Lara WOLTERS (S&D, NL)

- Daniel FREUND(Greens, DE)

- Mikuláš PEKSA (Greens, CZ)

The press conference will take place in EP's Anna Politkovskaya press conference room in Spaak building (PHS) 0A50 and can be followed via webstream.

Interpretation: EN, FR, DE, CZ

Final vote on the resolution "The reopening of the investigation against the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on the misuse of EU funds and potential conflict of interest" will take place on Friday, 19.06, with the results announced at 13.30.

Read the draft resolution

Six members of the CONT Committee went on a fact-finding mission to Czechia to gain insights into the distribution of EU funds and to follow up on reports of possible irregularities on how the cohesion and agricultural funds are managed. They met with ministerial authorities, representatives of the civil society, associations, journalists and NGOs.

Journalists may attend the press conference in person, respecting the precautionary measures in force, or participate remotely.

Parliament will be using an interactive virtual press environment based on Skype TX, in conjunction with the traditional web-streaming services.

If you are unable to attend and wish to ask a question:

  • You will need a SKYPE account.
  • Connect to VOXBOXEP and write your name and media organisation in the chat box

Please use headphones and a microphone for better sound quality.

The system will be managed by Parliament’s media services and you will be placed in a queue (virtual waiting room) before being invited to ask your question(s).

If you have any trouble connecting, you can contact: +32 22834220 or use Skype chat box.

After asking a question / listening to the reply (and any follow-up), you should then disconnect from Skype so that the next journalist in line can be connected to the press briefing room.

You only need to connect through Skype if you wish to ask a question.

  • You will be able to follow the press conference LIVE on EP MMC or EbS+.  

REMINDER: working conditions in Parliament for journalists in light of Coronavirus

It is mandatory as of 13 May to wear a community mask that covers mouth and nose at all times while in Parliament's buildings. This is to continue to ensure Parliament's operational capacity, while at the same time avoiding health risks for Members, staff and other persons working in and visiting the European Parliament. In addition, as of Monday 15 June, temperature controls will be carried out on all persons entering Parliament’s premises.

The wearing of a mask for journalists is compulsory and necessary at all times. However, journalists could exceptionally and for the limited duration of a recording (stand-ups, interviews, studio recordings) remove their mask, if the social distancing measures are respected. This exception also applies to taking the floor in press conferences. Please note that masks should be put on again immediately after the recording.

To allow for this exception, journalists are required to keep a distance of 1.5 metres preventively. This also applies to use of the work stations in Parliament’s press room.

Please refrain from coming to EP premises if you present any symptoms of a respiratory infection, if you have knowingly been in contact with an infected person in the last 14 days or if you have been to regions with very high transmission rates.