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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.
Politics 13-04-2021

Czech government to establish new commission to measure Green Deal impacts

Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček on Monday announced the establishment of a new government commission that will be tasked with calculating the European Green Deal’s impact on the Czech Republic. The decision to establish a new Green Deal commission, which...
Politics 13-04-2021

A little Polish economic miracle?

Poland’s economy has recovered remarkably well despite being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s unemployment rate is currently the lowest in the EU, according to German television broadcaster ZDF. According to the German broadcaster, the main reason...
Politics 13-04-2021

Hungary’s government-mayor row over Chinese university heats up

Budapest’s green opposition mayor Gergely Karácsony threatened on Monday to cancel the 2023 World Athletics Championships to be held in the capital if the government decides to build a Chinese university campus instead of a planned Student City project. The...
Politics 12-04-2021

Matovic’s trip to Hungary pragmatic but inadequate, says PM Heger

Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger has slammed as “inadequate” a trip by Finance Minister Igor Matovič’s to Hungary to discuss the Sputnik V vaccines Slovakia purchased in March since no Slovak diplomat attended the talks in Budapest. Matovič’s meeting with...
Politics 12-04-2021

Increasing political pressure on the public broadcaster Czech Television

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on Friday warned of increasing political pressure on the public broadcaster Czech Television. As EURACTIV.cz reported, changes in the broadcaster’s supervisory commission have already caught the attention of Czech European Commissioner for transparency and values, Věra Jourová,...
Politics 12-04-2021

Poland among China’s main EU investment sites

Poland was among the leading EU destinations for Chinese investment in 2020, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) announced on Thursday. According to the institute, the total value of Chinese investment projects in Poland last year could be estimated at approximately...
Politics 12-04-2021

Czech foreign ministry bans Orbán-critical directors’ message

Czech directors Ondřej Provazník and Martin Dušek filmed a short video message to be shown before the screening of their movie Old-Timers on Thursday (April 15) at the Czech Film Carnival in Budapest, writes Parameter.sk via Respekt.cz. One of the directors wrote “Ban Orbán” on a board while the other...
Politics 02-04-2021

Slovak parliament decides not to declare climate emergency

A Slovak petition entitled “Climate Needs You”, calling for the government to declare a state of climate emergency, has been signed by more than 128,000 people, including various politicians and President Zuzana Čaputová. However, it was not backed by the...
Politics 02-04-2021

Czech national recovery plan published

After months of preparations “behind closed doors”, the Czech national recovery plan was finally published by the industry and trade ministry at the end of March, however, the document is not as detailed as it should be, Czech MEP Luděk...
Politics 02-04-2021

Error causes chaos in Poland’s vaccination registration system

The Polish national vaccination system spiralled into disarray Thursday morning when registration was suddenly opened for everyone over 40. “This is no April Fool’s,” said a tweet from the account of the government’s vaccination programme, which was later deleted. The...
Politics 02-04-2021

Hungary, Poland PMs and Italy’s Salvini move towards new alliance

The prime ministers of Hungary and Poland as well as Italian populist Matteo Salvini pledged to create a new political alliance on Thursday (1 April) in Budapest, to the right of the main conservative European People’s Party grouping in the...
Politics 01-04-2021

Independent media outlets demand access to Hungarian hospitals

The government must let journalists access COVID-19 wards in hospitals and vaccination points, as well as allow healthcare workers to freely express their views on conditions in hospitals to the public, a group of 28 independent media outlets have demanded....
Politics 01-04-2021

Czech EU Presidency will operate on limited budget

The Czech Republic will take on the rotating EU Council Presidency In the second half of 2022, yet Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has made it clear that the EU Presidency will not be a priority and the budget will...
Politics 31-03-2021

Council of Europe: Hungarian government eroded freedom of expression

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović has said Hungary has eroded, in a memorandum published on Tuesday (30 March). “The combined effects of a politically controlled media regulatory authority and distortionary state intervention in the media...
Politics 31-03-2021

Polish ‘Yes to Family, No to Gender’ initiative to be examined by parliamentary committees

A bill calling for Poland to terminate the Istanbul Convention that seeks to prevent violence against women and initiate work on an international family rights convention, has been sent to the parliamentary committees of justice, human rights and foreign affairs...
Politics 31-03-2021

Slovak PM steps down after dispute over Russia’s Sputnik

Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovič (Ordinary People/OĽaNO) resigned on Tuesday following weeks of disputes within the governing alliance sparked by the controversial purchase of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. “It’s only been a year, but I feel like it was...
Politics 31-03-2021

Czech government defies intelligence warnings over Russia’s Rosatom

Czech Industry, Trade and Transport Minister Karel Havlíček has dismissed the government’s commissioner for nuclear energy, Jaroslav Míl after he criticised the minister for inviting Russian company Rosatom to take part in a tender to build a new unit of...
Politics 30-03-2021

More than 16% of Slovaks at risk of poverty

Of Slovakia’s 5 million inhabitants, 872,000 are at risk of poverty, which is more than 16 percent of the population, the country’s statistical office said. About 12% of Slovak families, which accounts for 640,000 people, find themselves below the income...
Politics 30-03-2021

Romanian football captain complains to UEFA about racist comments

Romanian football team captain Marius Marin has alleged the Hungarian team made racial slurs against his team during the European Championship match on Saturday, posting but later deleting the following post: “These gypsies, as you shouted at us on the...
Politics 30-03-2021

Czech billionaire tycoon Petr Kellner dies in helicopter crash

The Czech Republic’s wealthiest person, the billionaire founder and owner of global investing company PPF group, Petr Kellner, has been killed in a helicopter crash. He was 57. The news of Kellner’s sudden death has shocked the Czech public and...
Politics 30-03-2021

Poland ranks close to last in Bloomberg ‘pandemic ranking’

Poland has ranked at place 50 of 53 countries in Bloomberg’s latest ranking evaluating different strategies for fighting the pandemic, with only Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Mexico ranking lower. Poland ranked worst when it comes to overall numbers of...
Politics 29-03-2021

Slovakia’s Matovič offers PM post to Finance Minister Eduard Heger

As Slovakia’s coalition crisis enters its fourth week, Prime Minister Igor Matovič (Ordinary People/OĽaNO) has offered to exchange posts with finance minister and party colleague, Eduard Heger, in order to smooth over disagreements with three other coalition partners. Heger will...
Politics 29-03-2021

Czech Pirates call on government, EU to waive vaccine intellectual property rights

The Pirate Party (Greens/EFA), the strongest Czech opposition party, called on the government and the EU to waive intellectual property rights related to COVID-19 vaccines, claiming such a move could boost manufacturing capacities and secure more vaccines for Europe and...