Preparations are underway for celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the country’s accession to the European Union on May 1st. The authorities are planning a series of events including conferences, exhibitions and concerts. An international conference entitled “The Czechs through the eyes of Europe, Europe through the eyes of Czechs” is taking place at Prague Castle this Friday. It will be addressed by President Miloš Zeman, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, EU Commissioner for Expansion Stefan Fule and former Italian prime minister Mario Monti, among others. EU President Herman van Rompoy will be present at the celebrations, arriving in Prague on April 30.