Ondřej Plevák

Economy & Jobs 13-04-2021

REACT-EU to fund Czech healthcare instead of dressing rooms after criticism

After criticism from regional leaders, the Czech government overturned its decision to support local sports clubs with money from the REACT-EU emergency instrument. Instead, a large majority of the funds will go to the healthcare system, EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
31-03-2021

V4 countries ambiguous about giving up health competencies to the EU

in spring 2020, the four Visegrad countries criticised the EU for not providing member states with masks and other equipment when the coronavirus pandemic started. Now they are blaming Brussels for the slow vaccine roll-out. At the same time, they h
Economy & Jobs 10-02-2021

Drafting national recovery plans: A laborious exercise for Visegrad countries

The process of drafting national recovery plans under time pressure seems to be a handful for Visegrad countries. Frequent issues include a lack of stakeholder involvement, problems with streamlining different requests and ensuring transparency in the process.
Agrifood 21-01-2021

Czech parliament backs food law obliging stores to prioritise local products

The Czech Republic is on its way to introduce a protectionist food law despite warnings that this could be in violation of the EU's free movement of goods. 
Agrifood 29-01-2020

Smart village is a remedy for outflow of people from rural areas

Modernisation and structural problems are some of the biggest challenges for rural areas across Europe, along with shrinking demographics, urban migration or digital transformation. Smart villages, an increasingly popular concept among EU members, are set to counter all those negative trends.
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2019

EU faces budget deadlock as national positions drift further away

The Commission's proposal for the EU's new long-term budget has been caught in the crossfire as net contributors criticise the idea of having to pay more while a number of southern and eastern member states have joined forces to oppose planned cuts in traditional policies. 
EU Elections 2019 25-06-2019

Czech MEPs ‘all over the place’, except in S&D group

Czech voters have sent 21 MEPs to the European Parliament, including 11 new faces. The political fragmentation seen in the new EU assembly is also reflected in the Czech contingent of MEPs. EURACTIV.cz brings an overview of all the parties and representatives.
Enlargement 18-06-2019

Transforming words into deeds – the Visegrad Group and Western Balkans’ EU integration

All Visegrad Group countries vocally support the enlargement of the EU and NATO, with a focus on integrating the Western Balkan (WB) countries. But how can those words be transformed into deeds?

Commission puts Czech PM’s old businesses under the microscope

Auditors from the European Commission are in the Czech Republic to take a closer look at EU subsidies for a holding of companies formerly owned by the current Czech prime minister, which might still constitute a conflict of interest. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
Central Europe 04-12-2018

Czech MEP Niedermayer: Politics is more aggressive, social networks are to blame

The Czech attitude towards the eurozone is only a small part of a bigger problem called “searching for the right approach to the EU”, says Czech MEP Luděk Niedermayer (EPP).
Future EU 05-10-2018

The awkward squad: Czech-Polish cooperation on a different EU vision

Stay in the EU or leave? According to experts, for Poland and the Czech Republic, it is important to remain in the EU, despite widespread Euroscepticism in both countries.

Czech MEPs downplay V4 role in EU’s migration policy change

The EU is finally heading the way we are proposing in terms of migration policy, the Visegrád Group countries say. But two Czech MEPs point out that the V4’s contribution to the change may be limited and other factors should be considered as well.
Digital & Media 20-07-2018

The sharing economy: Cure or curse?

From mobility services to recycling applications, the sharing economy holds many promises. Whether to regulate it at European level remains a disputed question, however.