About: Visegrad

Elections 20-10-2017

Warsaw keeps an eye on neighbouring Czech elections

Czechs will elect their new parliament on Friday and Saturday (20-21 October), with former deputy Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, an anti-migrant Eurosceptic and one of the wealthiest men in the country, set to win the most votes, according to the latest opinion polls.

EU Priorities 2020 12-10-2017

Czech MEP: ‘We cannot blame Brussels for our own failures’

We have to stop the “us” and “them” rhetoric in which we blame the European institutions, says Martina Dlabajová, a Czech liberal MEP and member of the ANO movement which is heading for victory in the upcoming Czech parliamentary elections.

Global Europe 30-03-2017

Orban attacks the European Court of Human Rights

Speaking today (30 March) at the annual congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Malta, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán fiercely attacked migration, calling it a “Trojan Horse of terrorism.” He also attacked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Global Europe 22-03-2017

Prominent MEP provides insight into Rome Declaration

As the Rome Declaration is finalised, Portuguese Partido Socialista MEP Maria João Rodrigues (S&D) provided insight yesterday (21 March), about what ideally should be in it, in anticipation of its unveiling.

Future EU 06-03-2017

Juncker will fight for ‘more Europe’ in post-Brexit EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will support "more Europe" for all members instead of a two-speed model that would split the bloc, a senior Commission official has said, refuting previous allegations.

Agrifood 02-03-2017

Visegrád readies attack against ‘double standards’ for food

The leaders of the Visegrád Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) are meeting today (2 March) in Warsaw to discuss, among other things, food quality in Central and Eastern Europe.

Global Europe 28-02-2017

Letta: If Le Pen wins, it’s ‘game over’ for EU

Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta told an audience in Malta on Monday (27 February) that if the leader of the Front National wins the French elections, it would be "game over" for the EU. But there is a silver lining.

Elections 24-10-2016

Frassoni: Italians believe the EU abandoned them to the migration crisis

The Italian government is not losing support because it saves refugees. It is losing support because it is not perceived to be able to convince Europe to do more, says Monica Frassoni, the European Greens co-chair.

Global Europe 19-09-2016

The Brief: ‘Flexible solidarity’ is Europe à la carte

Crack open the champagne. Not to celebrate the first ever edition of The Brief. Instead, salute the birth of ‘flexible solidarity’ – the latest, ghastliest example of EU indecision and doublespeak.

Future EU 15-09-2016

Top secret: Commission lists enemies before pro-EU offensive

The European Commission identified opponents to its flagship initiatives in an internal document assessing the feasibility of bringing forward its proposals to “reunite Europe” in the aftermath of Brexit.

Orbán will tour EU capitals with ‘Schengen 2.0’ plan

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will tour EU capitals to push for a 10-point plan for the protection of EU’s external borders and free movement within the community, dubbed ‘Schengen 2.0’.

Central Europe 05-02-2016

EU eastern states ready joint response to ‘Brexit’ deal

Countries on the European Union's eastern flank will meet next week and try to provide a joint response on the recent proposal to keep Britain in the EU bloc, Hungary's Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said yesterday (4 February).

Polish extreme right bares its teeth

Polish far-right organized demonstrations on Saturday (26 September), against the background of the refugee crisis. They succeeded in holding demonstrations in several big cities, but turnout was low. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Pressure builds on Eastern Europe to accept refugee quotas

Several countries have already changed their tune on refugee quotas, while others, particularly in Eastern Europe, remain hostile to Jean-Claude Juncker's proposal. EURACTIV France reports

Central Europe 19-03-2013

Slovak PM denounces ‘fashion’ of not paying taxes

Prime Minister Robert Fico said he regrets that it has become a “fashion” in Slovakia for companies not to pay their taxes. EURACTIV.sk reports. 

Czech PM condemns Swiss ‘safeguard’ on Eastern EU workers

Avoiding terms like "discrimination", Czech Prime Minister Petr Ne?as yesterday (19 April) told EURACTIV.cz that he regretted the decision by Switzerland to re-introduce an authorisation requirement for workers from the eight East European countries that joined the EU in 2004. The EURACTIV network in Central Europe contributed to this article.

Europe's East 13-05-2011

A militarised Visegrad group?

Poland's announcement that it will head a new battlegroup of the Visegrad Group underscores the country's military leadership in the region and is likely to pose a new challenge for Russia, argues global intelligence company Stratfor.

Energy 01-02-2011

Prime ministers to seal North-South gas corridor

On the eve of the 4 February EU energy summit, several prime ministers will gather in Brussels to mark their agreement for the North-South gas corridor, a project aimed at removing internal bottlenecks for gas transport. The announcement was made by Commission President José Manuel Barroso yesterday (31 January).

Regional Policy 18-01-2011

Eastern EU joins forces to shape regional spending

The 'new' member states in Central and Eastern Europe are working together to coordinate their views on the reform of the EU's Cohesion Policy for the next seven-year period (2014-2020). Daniel Braun, a deputy minister in the Czech government, spoke to EURACTIV Czech Republic about the fruits of this close collaboration.

Regional Policy 18-01-2011

Czech Minister: ‘Flexibility’ needed in EU regional spending

What are the most important aspects of EU cohesion policy from the perspective of a 'new' member state in Central Europe? EURACTIV Czech Republic interviewed Daniel Braun, a deputy minister in the Ministry for Regional Development, who described the main elements of the Czech government's position.

Energy 17-01-2011

Slovakia, Poland look into ‘Visegrad pipeline’

Poland and Slovakia have agreed to launch a feasibility study for a natural gas pipeline known as the 'Poland-Slovakia interconnection'. A decision on whether to proceed with the project will be made in 2012. EURACTIV Poland and EURACTIV Slovakia report.

Central Europe 08-06-2010

Hungary is facing a value-oriented change

With the new conservative government, a value-oriented change is happening in Hungary, writes András István Türke, director of the Europa Varietas Institute, in a May study. With the country about to adopt a national law on dual citizenship, Türke warns that special attention should be paid to how to communicate this change to the international community.

Central Europe 02-06-2010

Eastern EU members struggle to make voices heard

Despite their special interest in areas like energy security or neighbourhood policy, the East European countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 have not yet become agenda-setters in Brussels, according to a new study.