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Czech PM backs EU plan to curb migrants in wake of Mediterranean disaster

23-04-2015 16:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK EU leaders have been holding an emergency summit following the latest mass drowning of migrants attempting to reach Europe across the Mediterranean. Among those in Brussels has been Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka. He backs an EU plan aimed at reducing the number of migrants attempting the perilous journey – but continues to oppose quotas for the acceptance of refugees.  More

Czech president seeks to ignite euro adoption debate

21-04-2015 15:36 | Chris Johnstone

Miloš Zeman, photo: Filip Jandourek Adoption of the euro is not a burning issue in the Czech Republic at the moment for most of the population. But for one man, head of state president Zeman, the issue should urgently be ignited and turned into an informed political debate over whether and when the switch from crown to euro should take place.  More

Czech ministries haggle over readiness to pump EU funds

20-04-2015 15:21 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: European Commission The Czech Republic’s readiness to pump billions of crowns worth of European funds is again in the spotlight amid a dispute between two ministries whether a new monitoring system has been set up correctly and is ready to run.  More

Czech president and prime minister pushing for euro-adoption target date amidst opposition from finance minister and central bank

09-04-2015 14:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Štěpánka Budková President Miloš Zeman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka have stressed the need for the Czech Republic to push ahead with plans for the adoption of the euro. At their meeting on Wednesday they said it was time for the country to adopt a time-frame and proceed in meeting the set convergence criteria. However, Finance Minister Andrej Babiš and central bank governor Miroslav Singer oppose the initiative arguing that in view of the eurozone’s problems the question of euro adoption is premature.  More

The downside of Schengen: illegal migrants and drug trafficking

26-03-2015 14:30 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Vojtěch Berger Europe is marking twenty years since the creation the Schengen border-free zone allowing free movement of goods, information, money and people. The Czech Republic joined Schengen eight years ago and, in addition to the enormous benefits membership brought, the authorities are increasingly dealing with the downside: illegal migrants and drug smuggling.  More

Zeman’s support for Russia aimed at Czechs who don’t feel part of EU, says Jakub Janda of European Values

23-03-2015 13:54 | Ian Willoughby

Jakub Janda, photo: Czech Television Why have Czechs evidently lost some faith in Europe in recent years? Does the Czech Republic have core foreign policies? And are there any consequences for the country’s president and other officials not singing from the same hymn sheet on Russia? These are just some issues I discussed the other day with Jakub Janda, who is deputy head of the think tank European Values. But my first question for Janda was: What exactly do think tanks do?  More

Czech government remains opposed to EU quotas for women

08-12-2014 16:54 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: FreeDigitalPhotos.net The Czech government remains opposed to EU efforts to impose gender quotas for the boards of state-owned and listed companies across the EU. A vote in the cabinet on Monday went against proposed draft legislation which would ensure that by 2020 four out of every ten non-executive directorships of listed companies are filled by women.  More

Over 40,000 Czechs sign anti-euro petition

11-11-2014 15:59 | Jan Richter

Photo: archive of Radio Prague More than 40,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Czech government to hold a referendum on euro adoption. The petition, organized by the opposition Civic Democrats, will now be debated in the Senate. But it’s unlikely it will bring about a change of mind in the government coalition which believes the country should adopt the euro by the year 2020.  More

New European Commission, including Czech Republic's Věra Jourová, faces tough tasks ahead

23-10-2014 15:07 | Jan Velinger

Jean-Claude Juncker, photo: CTK The new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker received a relatively strong endorsement from MEPs on Wednesday, less than ten days before it assumes office on November 1. The new commission includes the Czech Republic’s Věra Jourová - the commissioner for justice, consumer rights and gender equality – who, along with other members, will face tough tasks ahead.  More

Jourová approved for European commissioner post

08-10-2014 15:37 | Jan Velinger

Věra Jourová, photo: CTK Věra Jourová has been approved for the post of European commissioner for justice, consumer rights and gender equality by four European parliamentary committees. Her acceptance, though, was hardly a walk in the park. In her original confirmation hearing, the nominee proved less than convincing and was asked to provide additional answers. For a time, it looked like she might have to appear in person again. Tuesday, however, saw the committees finally reach agreement.  More

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