The Czech state will be forced to return “hundreds of millions” of crowns due to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s ongoing conflict of interest and improper disbursement of EU funds, a Czech opposition MEP on the European Parliament’s budget control committee says, citing the final European Commission audit.
The Visegrad Group is important for the whole of Europe but the relationship with the EU is more often than not a complicated affair. Czech Deputy Minister for Europe Aleš Chmelař reflects on discrepancies within the group and what role the four countries together can play in the wider region.
The European Commission approved a CZK 3 billion Czech scheme to support retail businesses and service companies renting premises, which were limited or forbidden to carry out their activities due to the measures imposed by the government in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.
Prince Karel Schwarzenberg, former foreign minister and chancellor under Vaclav Havel, has come out and said that Central European states’ unwillingness to go along with EU migration quotas is “unfair and inhumane.” In an interview with Belgian newspaper New Europe, Schwarzenberg said that when it comes to accepting migrants, “the Czech Republic should behave like a normal EU country.” “But, unfortunately, Babis, Orban and (Mateusz) Morawiecki (Poland’s Prime Minister) are very successful amongst the voters with their populist migration policy” Schwarzenberg, the current head of the House Of Schwarzenberg dynasty, is also disappointed in Austrian president Sebastien Kurz’s decision to quit accepting more migrants. “Unfortunately, the Austrian government has also decided to share the view of the Visegrad countries… Of
Will enlargement be one of the priorities of the Czech Presidency over the Council of the EU, what could be the lessons from the Visegrad Group for the Western Balkans and is there currently political will among EU member states for enlargement? These were some of the questions EWB has asked Tomáš Petříček, Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The European Commission sent 30 ventilators from its rescEU stockpile Thursday to the Czech Republic as it struggles with the worst rate of coronavirus infections in Europe. “Czechia is facing one of the most difficult situations in Europe right now,” as cases are “rising rapidly,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote in a press release. The country “needs medical equipment to treat patients in hospitals.”
The Czech Republic said it was ready to back the EU’s proposed 2030 target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55%, provided that the objective is a collective one and that EU state aid rules do not hamper its nuclear ambitions.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday that EU leaders should be discussing shortfalls in cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic as his country faced a troubling second wave of infections.
Migrants entering the European Union should be stopped and turned back to their home countries, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday in Brussels ahead of negotiations surrounding a new EU migration plan next week.
In a follow up report on the Czech Republic, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body MONEYVAL concludes that the country has improved measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, but still needs to make progress in certain areas.