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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

Czech nominee for EU commissioner fails to convince two committees at EP hearing

02-10-2014 15:14 | Daniela Lazarová

Věra Jourová, photo: CTK The Czech nominee for EU commissioner in charge of justice, consumer protection and gender equality Věra Jourová faced the traditional grilling by four EP committees on Wednesday. Her performance during the three hour long question-and-answer session elicited a mixed response. Two of the four committees –those on civil liberties and gender equality – have demanded additional questions before making a final decision on whether to recommend her appointment. I asked Jakub Janda of the Prague-based European Values think tank to assess her performance at the hearing.  More

Court ruling opens the way for all EU nationals residing in the Czech Republic to vote in municipal elections

23-09-2014 16:00 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK A court ruling upholding a Slovak national’s right to vote in October’s municipal elections has unexpectedly opened the way for around 110,000 EU nationals with temporary residence in the Czech Republic to go to the polls. The State Electoral Office announced on Monday that additional ballots were being printed to allow all EU nationals to take part in local elections regardless of their residence status.  More

Disappointment in Prague over EC justice portfolio for Czech nominee

11-09-2014 16:02 | Daniela Lazarová

Věra Jourová, photo: CTK On Wednesday European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker revealed the portfolios intended for his new team of commissioners. The Czech Republic’s nominee Věra Jourová was assigned the portfolio of justice, consumer policy and gender equality, unexpectedly dashing the country’s hopes of winning a strong economic portfolio in the European Commission.  More

EC adopts partnership agreement with Czech Republic

27-08-2014 15:13 | Jan Velinger

Photo: European Commission The European Commission has adopted a partnership agreement for EU structural and investment funds submitted by the Czech Republic. The document, which took three years to negotiate, outlines Czech investment strategy until 2020, and paves the way for the drawing of some 22 billion euros in funds.  More

MPs vote to raise cigarette prices in order to meet EU directive

30-07-2014 16:17 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Kristýna Maková The price of cigarettes in the Czech Republic is due to rise by up to four crowns for a pack of 20. Wednesday’s approval of the price hike in the lower house followed a fall in the value of the crown that left the Czech Republic in contravention of a new EU guideline on excise duty.  More

Tough new sanctions against Russia likely to also negatively impact Czech firms

30-07-2014 16:17 | Jan Velinger

Vladimir Putin, photo: ČTK The European Union on Tuesday agreed on the toughest new sanctions so far against Russia. The move comes after the country was charged it had supplied heavy weapons to rebels in Ukraine and following outrage that international investigators were still being prevented from visiting the crash site of MH 17.  More

Czech EC candidate “has good chance” of landing preferred portfolio

23-07-2014 15:21 | Jan Richter

Věra Jourová, photo: CTK The selection of a Czech candidate for the European Commission has been the subject of a major contest on the Czech political scene this summer. But the eventual nomination of Regional Development Minister Věra Jourová has been described as a win-win situation for all parties involved, as well as for the Czech Republic, whose candidate has a good chance of being put in charge of one of her preferred portfolios.  More

Minister Věra Jourová nominated for Czech EU commissioner

21-07-2014 14:58 | Jan Richter

Věra Jourová, photo: CTK The Czech coalition parties have nominated Regional Development Minister Věra Jourová as the country’s candidate for the European Commission. The Czech government hopes she could take over one of the economic portfolios in the commission. Ms Jourová, of the ANO party, meanwhile, has vowed to raise the EU’s prestige with Czechs.  More

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