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What is the website www.eu2009.cz?

The official website of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council, www.eu2009.cz, is a key means of communication both in the Czech Republic and abroad during the first half of 2009. This website brings together all important information for the general public, experts and media representatives about events during the Czech EU Presidency, the Czech Republic as the country holding the Presidency, the European Union, its policies and Czech positions towards them.

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What are the goals of the website and who is it for?

The website of the Czech EU Presidency is prepared for anyone interested in the European Union and in European affairs. Media representatives can find important information they need for their everyday work, and – for them in particular – we have prepared one of the main sections entitled Media Service, where they can find practical information about the Presidency’s events and how to get accredited for them online.

The website also offers a variety of information and other interesting things for the general public.

The sections devoted to the past and present of the EU and the country holding the Presidency are easy-to-read. Moreover, they are illustrated with photographs made especially for this website and audio and video samples.

Everyone can test their knowledge in one of the interactive games and in quizzes entitled “Europe without Barriers”.

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What information can I find on the website?

The information on the website is divided into seven main sections:

  • The News and Documents section provides you you with the latest information on what is currently happening, press releases, declarations made in international organisations, speeches and interviews, programmes of negotiations, Council conclusions etc.
  • The Calendar brings together all official events of the Czech EU Presidency. You can find political and cultural events taking place in the Czech Republic and abroad. For greater ease, you can search events by date, topic, type and venue. Some events can also be downloaded from the website into the electronic calendar in your computer.
  • The Czech EU Presidency section gives you all information concerning the Czech Presidency of the EU Council, such as its priorities, motto, programme, logo and story or partners of the Presidency.
  • Media Service offers comprehensive coverage for media representatives, including important contact details. You can download practical brochures, get detailed information about the press centres, venues of informal ministerial meetings, transport to the venues and accommodation details.
  • The traditional About the EU section describes the EU as a whole and explains how the EU and its institutions work. You can also get concise information about the past and present of the Member States and candidates countries.
  • In the EU Policies section, you can learn what each policy focuses on, who participates in it or what goals it pursues. With each policy the Czech priorities for the given area are summed up.
  • The Czech Republic furnishes basic information about the country holding the Presidency, its history, political system, economy, culture, various topics and places of interest worth visiting. Moreover, excerpts from famous Czech films and musical compositions can be played.

During the Presidency, the information is updated every day, particularly in News and Documents, and – throughout important events – in the respective sections of the Media Service.

 

Alongside these main sections, the website offers other practical instruments and information:

  • Site Map
  • Links to other interesting websites – all links leading to other websites are marked with an arrow on the right
  • Contact Information

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What about copyright on texts and photographs?

Digital photographs in print quality are stored in the photo archive where they are sorted in different galleries according to event and month. All photographs from the events can be accessed, downloaded and used free of charge for non-commercial purposes only (including the media).
Each photo taken by the Presidency photographers must be published with indication of its source eu2009.cz. To download a photograph, just right-click on the photo and select “Save picture”. An even easier solution is to click on “Download in print quality” under the detailed version of each photograph.
The Office of the Government of the Czech Republic is not the copyright holder for the commercial use of photographs taken by the Presidency photographers. All rights to these photographs are governed by Act No. 121/2000 Coll., the Copyright Act.

Illustrative photographs of all sections have been tailor-made for this website by photographer Jakub Cejpek. Portrait photographs of the Czech Government, spokespersons and staff of the Czech EU Presidency were made by official photographers of the Presidency Tomki Němec and Michal Hladík. These famous Czech photographers, together with Günter Bartoš, provide all photographic material from events of the Presidency taking place in the Czech Republic.

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How do I find my way around the website?

The main menu on the left will always show you where you are. You can see which section you are in, as it is in bold and preceded by a blue square.

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What languages is the information in?

The website is available in its entirety in three languages – Czech, English and French. The words Czech EU Presidency at the top of the page turn blue in the language version you are in. You can change language version by clicking in the top right-hand corner.

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Who is in charge of the website?

The website is administered by a team of five website editors with their seat in Prague in the Czech Republic. When publishing information on the website, the editors cooperate closely with all bodies of the state and regional administrations in the Czech Republic and abroad as well as the EU institutions. You can find contact information for the editors in the About this Websitesection. Technical assistance and management of the website is provided by AutoCont CZ a.s., together with Macron Software s.r.o. which provides the web content management system.

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Why this design of the website?

The website design is in full accord with the visual identity of the whole Presidency. The main proposal for the website’s appearance was created by the author of the Presidency logo, Tomáš Pakosta, whose work has been elaborated by the graphics studio Virtual World, specialising in web design. You can use the visual identity of the Presidency in your computer via various wallpapers, banners and screensavers. You can find more about the logo and its applications in the Presidency Logo section.

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How often is the webpage updated?

During the Presidency, the webpage is updated daily, in connection with the events and programme in progress.

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How can I access news about the Czech Presidency?

The most important news about the Czech Presidency can be found chronologically directly on the homepage and then in the section News and Documents, where it is also sorted by individual type of news item. To get a complete survey of the news, you should register and subscribe to the Presidency Newsletter which we will send to you at the end of each week. In order to give you a detailed insight into what is really happening, we also prepare a Mobile Newsletter. You just need to subscribe to our Mobile Newsletter on the website to receive the latest news illustrated with colour photographs directly on your mobile phone.

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Where can I find all the press material?

You can find press material from the Czech Presidency in the section News and Documents which is sorted into different parts according to document type and the event it was published for.

In the main calendar you can also find all the relevant documents and detailed information about each individual event in one place. Before all informal ministerial meetings in the Czech Republic you will, for instance, find all the press releases, practical information for journalists, sound and video samples and photographs from press conferences, and a link to the accreditation page for media representatives etc.   

You can also carry out a simple or an advanced search of the individual sections of the website.

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Where can I find useful information about the Czech Presidency and its programme?

You can find all the information about the Presidency in the section Czech EU Presidency, e.g. about the main events, the priorities, the motto etc.

A detailed programme and an overview of all Presidency events – both political and cultural – can be found in the Calendar section. In the calendar it is easy to search by type of event or by policy area, venue or date.

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Where can I find basic information about the EU and its policies?

The section About the EU contains basic information about the history and present day reality of the EU, the individual Member States and the candidate countries. Besides the information you can listen to audio samples of the national anthems.

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Where can I find more information about the Czech Republic as the country holding the Presidency?

The section Czech Republic contains basic information about the country, its history, political system, economy, culture and a number of very different places of interest and geographical locations worth a visit. You can also watch excerpts of famous Czech films and plays and listen to samples of music by famous Czech composers. Each cultural section starts with an introduction written by a prominent Czech in that particular field. The introductions were written specifically for the website of the Czech Presidency. You may, for instance, read what Václav Havel has to say about Czech drama or how Zdeňek Lukeš sees Czech architecture, just to mention two. 

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How do children in the Czech Republic see the Presidency?

You can discover how the youngest generation of Czechs have portrayed the Presidency and send their drawings on to your friends in the section E-card.

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How do I link to the website?

If you want to link to www.eu2009.cz, you can use one of the Internet banners in different sizes and resolutions:

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You can find the banners in the different language versions in the section Presidency Logo

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Is the website also accessible to people with special needs? How about the rules about accessibility?

The www.eu2009.cz website uses the graphic motifs of the Czech EU Presidency. The website was designed to be as user-friendly, transparent and accessible as possible. It follows all W3C recommendations for the standard XHTML 1.0 Strict. In the preparation of the website full account was taken of the need to respect all rules about accessibility. The website editors also consulted H1, an independent company which is among the best in this field in the Czech Republic.

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How do I download documents from the website?

Next to the titles of the downloadable documents you can see the document type (word, pdf or other format) and its size.

  • Acrobat Documents (.pdf)

If you want to download and read a pdf document, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version of the programme here: www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/

  • Microsoft Word Documents (.doc and .rtf)

In order to read a Word document, you need to have Microsoft Word or another piece of software that can read this type of documents installed on your computer. You can download a free version of the programme here: www.microsoft.com/downloads

  • Microsoft Excel  Documents (.xls)

In order to read an Excel document, you need to have Microsoft Excel or another piece of software that can read this type of documents installed on your computer. You can download a free version of the programme here: www.microsoft.com/downloads/

  • PowerPoint Documents (.ppt)

In order to read a PowerPoint document, you need to have Microsoft PowerPoint or another piece of software that can read this type of documents installed on your computer. You can download a free version of the programme here: www.microsoft.com/downloads

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How do I download photographs from the events?

Digital photographs in print quality are stored in the photo archive where they are sorted in different galleries by event and month. All photographs from the events can be accessed, downloaded and used free of charge. Whenever a photo taken by the Presidency photographers is published, the source must be indicated. To download a photograph, just right-click on the photo and select Save picture. An even simpler solution is to click on Download in print quality under the detailed version of each photograph. 

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How do I watch live broadcasts and recordings of Czech Presidency events?

Whenever there is a live broadcast from one of the events organised by the Czech Presidency, you can follow it online by opening the section Live Broadcasting. All audio and video samples are then stored in the sections Audio Archive and Video Archive, where they are sorted by month.

In order to be able to watch and listen to broadcasts in MP3 (.mp3) and/or WAV (.wav) format, you need to have Microsoft Windows Media Player or another piece of software that can read these types of documents installed on your computer (e.g. Winamp or Quicktime). You can download a free version of the programme: www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/

Your computer should also have a sound card that works and the sound must be switched on.

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How do I recommend the website to a friend?

If you want to recommend the page you are looking at to a friend, just click on the small envelope that you will find in the top right-hand corner on all pages. Then type in the e-mail address you want to send the recommendation to. 

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How do I print a page from the website?

If you want to print the page you are looking at, just click on the small printer icon that you will find in the top right-hand corner on all pages. A printer-friendly version of the page will then be prepared for you.  

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How do I save Czech Presidency events in my calendar?

Czech Presidency events can be exported in iCalendar format, which can be imported into most of the commonly-used calendar programmes on the market.

On the page Calendar export, which can be accessed via the add to my calendar link, you select the type or category of event that you want to add. You can either select all the events (but we advice you not to since the total number is very high) or one event by clicking on the detailed link.

Some programmes (Microsoft Office Outlook) will automatically ask you if you want to open the file. Other programmes or versions (Lotus Notes) require that you save the file on your disc and then import it. Typically, you will get the message File > Import.

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Ask the Czech Presidency!

The Presidency web editors have organised a whole row of European online chats with Czech and foreign politicians. Here, you get at chance to ask the questions that you have not yet been able to find answers to. You can read more about the chats – which will be in Czech or English – in the section European Chat. You can also express your opinion about European events or the Czech Presidency in one of the regular opinion polls under the headline Your Opinion.  In the ‘Questions from the Media’ section, Mirek Topolánek, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, or another Czech politician, answers the most frequent questions from Czech and foreign media, connected with the Czech EU Presidency and the European Union.

If you have any other questions regarding the Presidency, you will find relevant contact information in the Useful Contacts section. Special Media Contacts are to be found in the Media Service section. Questions regarding the website will be answered directly by the web editors at web@eu2009.cz.

Last update: 17.8.2011 18:49

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