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Politics 15-01-2021

Slovakia aims to ‘yellow card’ EU migration pact

Slovakia’s parliament committee for European affairs has adopted a reasoned opinion in response to the EU’s new proposal for a migration pact as part of the “yellow card” subsidiarity procedure whereby national parliaments can contest draft legislative acts.  Committee chair...
Politics 15-01-2021

Czech national recovery plan on the way

The national recovery plan will be submitted for the government to approve by the end of February, announced Czech Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlicek. Read more. For Czechia, the allocated amount is 182 billion Czech crowns (€7 billion) and...
Politics 15-01-2021

Poland to start vaccination registration

Registration will open at midnight on Friday for all adult Polish citizens who want to get the COVID-19 jab. “The national vaccination strategy is the largest logistic operation in decades. We are well prepared for it, therefore we encourage everyone...
Politics 15-01-2021

Commission: Hungary free to buy Chinese vaccine

EU rules do not prohibit the Hungarian government from ordering the Chinese Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine, the European Commission representation in Hungary said in a press statement.  Hungary’s government has “practically” reached a deal with China’s Sinopharm to buy its coronavirus...
Politics 14-01-2021

No environmental impact assessment for Slovak recovery plan

The Slovak government is breaking the law by not letting its draft national recovery plan undergo an environmental impact assessment (EIA), said Renew MEP Martin Hojsík. According to Slovak law –  which is based on an EU directive – every strategic...
Politics 14-01-2021

UK COVID-variant appears in Hungary

Three patients were diagnosed with the more infectious variant of coronavirus first identified in the UK, Hungary’s chief medical officer Cecília Müller told journalists on Wednesday, adding that “it was obvious that Hungary could not avoid the variant either.” According...
Politics 14-01-2021

Czech Republic not interested in EU banking union, for now

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has followed a recommendation by the finance ministry not to enter the European banking union for now. A study carried out by the foreign ministry recommends monitoring the banking union’s development and re-assessing all aspects...
Politics 14-01-2021

Vaccinated Poles to receive special ‘passports’

People who get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Poland will receive a confirmation document, a “vaccine passport”, after having received a second dose of the vaccine, according to Polish deputy Health Minister Anna Goławska. Poland is the latest country to welcome...
Politics 13-01-2021

Marián Kočner´s 19-year-sentence confirmed by Slovak Supreme Court

The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling of a lower court from last year, sentencing businessmen Marián Kočner and Pavol Rusko to long-term prison sentences. Both Kočner and Rusko were found guilty of forging four promissory notes worth almost €69 million...
Politics 13-01-2021

Replacement found for seat left by MEP caught in gay orgy

The Fidesz-KDNP European parliamentary group elected Kinga Gál as its president, a position left vacant after the resignation of József Szájer, who in December was caught by the police trying to flee a gay orgy in Brussels in breach of...
Politics 13-01-2021

Could the Czech Pirates form a new government?

The Czech Pirate Party (Greens/EFA) approved an agreement with the Mayors and Independents movement to form a progressive coalition that will focus on transparency, digitalisation, human rights, and climate issues,. According to an opinion poll, this could allow them –...
Politics 13-01-2021

Poland readies law blocking social media from banning users

Poland’s justice ministry is preparing a “groundbreaking” bill that would forbid the administrators of social media websites from deleting posts and banning users in what appears to be a reaction to the latest decision by prominent social networks – including...
Politics 12-01-2021

Slovak PM blames coalition partner for 4,300 coronavirus deaths

As COVID-19 infections continue to reach record highs and hospitals reach peak capacity despite the Christmas lockdown and a further tightening of the rules in the new year, Prime Minister Igor Matovič publicly blamed Vice-Prime Minister and Economy Minister Economy...
Politics 12-01-2021

Teaching at protesting university to be broken up across different locations

Teaching at Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts, which was under a student-led blockade for 70 days until the introduction of strict pandemic measures in November, will be spread across several locations across the city, RTL reported. Reportedly, the...
Politics 12-01-2021

Czech municipalities fight against nuclear waste repository

Czech municipalities chosen to provide space for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel are ready to fight against the government’s decision “with all possible means”. On 21 December, the Czech government decided that radioactive waste repository will be...
12-01-2021

Poland plans to reopen its primary schools

Poland plans to reopen its primary schools for the youngest pupils as of 18 January after online learning had been introduced in November for first, second and third-year primary school students as the number of COVID-19  saw a rapid uptick,...
Politics 11-01-2021

Suicide of former police chief rocks Slovak politics

Former police chief Milan Lučanský – who was charged with serious crimes including taking bribes in a police action called “Judas” in early December – attempted suicide while in pre-trial detention on 29 December and died in hospital one day...
Politics 11-01-2021

Obama: Strongman leadership ascendant in Hungary and elsewhere

“That conflict, that battle between a more democratic inclusive vision, and one that’s top-down, dominant- subordinate, that’s a contest that’s taking place here in the United States, and around the world,” former US President Barack Obama told show host Trevor...
Politics 11-01-2021

Babiš expects first batch of Moderna vaccines

The Czech Republic should receive the first 20,000 doses of Moderna vaccines on Monday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told the Czech Television without any further details. The European Medical Agency (EMA) and the European Commission approved the Moderna vaccine on...
Politics 11-01-2021

Poland’s PiS proposes protestors pay fines before courts establish guilt

Protestors may first have to pay a fine before having their day in court, the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) proposed on Friday following the mass protests related to the Women’s strike. While many lawyers such as Polish Ombudsman Adam...
Politics 18-12-2020

Prague mulls cuts in social policy

Czech social services providers have criticised the government’s plan to cut funding allocation in the European Social Fund (ESF) and transfer 10% to the Cohesion Fund. In their open letter, addressed to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the group asked the...
Politics 17-12-2020

EPP Group strips Fidesz MEP of rights, but not membership

With 133 votes in favour, six against and three abstentions, the European People’s Party Group withdrew all rights to speaking time in plenary on behalf of the group, to be nominated to lead political files on behalf of the group...
Politics 17-12-2020

Polish parliament amends scope of Istanbul Convention

Poland’s parliament adopted by a large majority a law amending the scope of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence known as the Istanbul Convention. The new law allows the president to...
Politics 16-12-2020

Czech Republic commissioned EY consultants to create vaccine strategy

The Czech health ministry has commissioned consultancy company Ernst & Young to devise a vaccination strategy against COVID-19. The company has been asked to come up with a strategy on distribution, a massive IT system to control the vaccination, as...
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