The newly-appointed Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who is representing
the Czech Republic at a two-day EU summit in Brussels, has reaffirmed the
country’s negative stance to mandatory migrant quotas, highlighting its
strong engagement in helping to resolve the situation in the countries of
migrant origin. The Czech prime minister met with the heads of government
of the Visegrad Four states and with EC President Jean Claude Junker to
discuss the ECs decision to sue the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary over
their unwillingness to accept migrants.
The Visegrad Four announced at the summit that they will contribute 35 million euros to strengthen Libya’s borders and alleviate the plight of migrants in the country.
Just days ahead of a scheduled EU summit on migration, Prague has announced the launch of a Visegrad group project to strengthen Libyan border protection and improve the plight of refugees in the country. The Czech Republic, which now faces a lawsuit over its failure to take in refugees, is pushing the view that the crisis needs to be resolved outside of Europe.
Today a life peer in Britain’s House of Lords, Alfred Dubs was just six years old when he became one of over 660 Jewish children saved from Nazi-occupied Prague by Sir Nicholas Winton. The Labour politician last year made headlines for attaching an amendment to an immigration bill that offered unaccompanied refugee children safe passage to Britain, though the UK authorities later largely abandoned the scheme. When we spoke recently in London, I asked Lord Dubs – now 85 – about his own beginnings in the UK and attitudes to refugees today. But we
The new US ambassador to the Czech Republic, Stephen King, presented the
2017 Alice G. Masaryk Human Rights Award to Roma activist Čeněk
Růžička. According to the embassy, Mr Růžička received the award for
his tireless advocacy of Roma Holocaust victims and his decades-long
struggle for a dignified memorial on the site of the Lety concentration
The Alice G. Masaryk Human Rights Award was established in 2004 to recognize persons and institutions in the Czech Republic who have made exceptional and continuing contributions to the advancement of human rights. Previous award winners include the ombudswoman Anna Šabatová or head of Transparency International David Ondračka.
The countries of the Visegrad 4 – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech
Republic, are set to launch a joint program to boost security on Libya’s
borders to try and quell the number of migrants trying to flee the country
as well as to try and improve the situation for them at home.
Former prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka expressed support for the project ahead of an EU summit which will be attended by his successor Andrej Babiš.
Czech financial daily Hospodářské noviny reported that 200 million crowns could be pledged by the Czech Republic towards security and aid. Money donated by the V4 would go to the EU Trust Fund for Africa.
So far, the Czech Republic has already provided funding worth 42.42 million crowns or 1.66 million euros.
The European Commission has announced it is suing the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary in the bloc’s top court for their refusal to take in asylum seekers in line with the Commission’s mandatory re-distribution mechanism. Prague says it will not change its stand and warns that a court case will only further undermine public trust in EU institutions.
Czech politicians across the political spectrum have criticized the
European Commission’s decision to take the country to court over
The newly appointed Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said he would try to negotiate the lawsuit’s withdrawal with EC representatives at the EU summit in Brussels next week. He said migrant quotas were not the right solution for Europe and only boosted extremist parties on the Continent.
The head of the right-wing Civic Democrats Petr Fiala said that the quotas were a bad decision and taking the Czech Republic to court was even worse. He said such moves only undermined the trust of the public in EU institutions.
The president’s spokesman reiterated the president’s view that mandatory migrant quotas “interfered in the Czech Republic’s internal affairs.”
The European Commission has announced it will sue the Czech Republic,
Poland and Hungary in the bloc's top court for their refusal to take
in asylum-seekers in line with the EC’s mandatory redistribution
mechanism. The issue has caused a rift between those reluctant to take in
refugees and other European governments who accuse them of a lack of
The EC’s deputy chair Frans Timmermans said a change of attitude on the part of these countries’ governments could still resolve the situation out of court.
Several non-governmental organisations have called on ANO party leader and
future Prime Minister Andrej Babiš not to scrap the post of minister for
human rights and minorities in his new government.
Abolishing the post would complicate enforcement of equal opportunities and fight against discrimination. The organisation representatives made the appeal on Wednesday during an event at the Milada Horáková monument in Prague.
Mr Babiš has made clear he didn’t want to keep the post of human rights minister in his cabinet. It is not yet clear who will be in charge of the human rights and minorities agenda.
Among the Advent events that reflect the true spirit of Christmas is the annual Charity Advent Market organized by the Fund Act For Others. Now in its fourth year, the market is organized by international team of dedicated enthusiasts who give it a multicultural flair. A visit to the three day-event at Prague’s Mala Strana will bring you joy ahead of Christmas and enable the fund to help the needy. I spoke to founder and event manager of Act for Others Melanie Schilling about what the market, which opens at the Maltese Palace on Friday, will offer
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