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Politics 28-06-2022

Kaczyński’s transgender comments prompt outrage

LGBT rights groups and the opposition have slammed the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party Jarosław Kaczyński for his statements about transgender people at a party rally. During the weekend’s public meetings in Grudziądz and Włocławek in...
Politics 28-06-2022

Slovakia to revise national recovery plan due to changed conditions

Slovakia will revise its national recovery and resilience plan, Lívia Vašákiová, director of the recovery plan department, announced after she said earlier that new conditions made it impossible to implement the plan as initially intended. The statement came after Vašáková admitted to...
Politics 28-06-2022

Czech agrifood associations awarded EU funds without tenders, auditors say

Czechia’s Supreme Audit Office found “serious errors” in EU co-financed programmes aiming to promote agricultural products and foodstuffs under the tenure of the former government led by agri-tycoon Andrej Babiš. According to auditors, beneficiaries of the funding – including the...
Politics 27-06-2022

Landslide Fidesz victory in municipal by-elections

By-elections were held in four Budapest districts, five county capitals and nine other municipalities where party candidates were running on Sunday and the ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition put forward candidates in 16 of the 18 jurisdictions, winning in 12. The united...
Politics 27-06-2022

Czechia will not adopt euro anytime soon, says PM

The Czech Republic has no plans to adopt the euro anytime soon, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said amid rising concerns from Czech economists. As Croatia was recently given the Commission’s go-ahead to adopt the euro in 2023, the Czech Republic has...
Politics 27-06-2022

Russia removing Polish flag from Katyń monument angers Poles

The removal of the Polish flag from a memorial to Polish soldiers murdered by Soviet forces in Katyn in 1940 on Friday (24 June) was met with criticism in Poland, with some saying it is part of Russia’s ongoing anti-Poland...
Politics 27-06-2022

Slovakia unable to implement COVID recovery plan as planned

Slovakia is unable to implement the national recovery and resilience plan as it was conceived a year ago due to new conditions, Livia Vašáková, director of the recovery plan department at the government office, admitted to EURACTIV Slovakia. One of...
Politics 24-06-2022

Slovakia second-worst in EU funds absorption after Croatia

Slovakia ranked second to last in the absorption of EU funds in the 2014-2020 programming period only beaten by Croatia, the National Bank of Slovakia says. Slovakia has historic trouble in absorbing EU funds. It also ranked at the bottom...
Politics 24-06-2022

Famine looms over Africa, warns Czech agriculture minister

If the EU does not help countries in northern Africa, food shortages, famine, and another refugee crisis could be triggered, Czech Agriculture Minister Zdeněk Nekula warns. Agriculture priorities of Czechia’s EU presidency will include food security, reducing pesticide consumption, preventing...
Politics 24-06-2022

Polish parliament rejects abortion bill

A bill to legalise abortion has been rejected by right-wing MPs, making Poland one of the few European countries with very strict abortion laws. In 2020, the Constitutional Court further restricted the right to abortion, declaring it unconstitutional to terminate...
Politics 23-06-2022

Polish parliament swearing-in ceremony disrupted by opposition MP

Klaudia Jachira, who represents Poland’s largest opposition party, the liberal Civic Platform, scattered cut-up banknotes in the parliamentary hall as an act of protest against the election of Adam Glapiński, president of the National Bank of Poland (NBP), for a...
Politics 23-06-2022

Czech FM: EU is losing debate on who is to blame for lack of food

African and Asian countries are facing food shortages due to the Russian blockade of the Black Sea, but often they blame the EU instead, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský warned. Strategic communication towards African and Asian countries is a crucial...

Gas supplies key to lower inflation, says Slovak Central Bank

Double-digit inflation will continue in Slovakia until next year if the government does not cap rising gas prices and if Russia stops gas supplies then inflation will rise even more, Slovak National Bank estimates in a new prognosis. The prognosis is not...
Politics 22-06-2022

No EU country against Ukraine’s candidacy, says Czech EU minister

No EU country is against giving Ukraine candidacy status, European Affairs Minister Mikuláš Bek said after a General Affairs Council meeting on Tuesday. Candidacy status for Ukraine will be discussed by EU leaders during the European Council summit on 23-24...
Economy & Jobs 22-06-2022

Almost a third of Poles believe EU should not grant recovery money yet

Almost a third of Poles believe the European Commission should not grant the money from the EU Recovery Fund for Poland until the government fulfils the conditions regarding judicial independence, a survey has shown. Just over two thirds of participants...
Politics 21-06-2022

Majority of disabled people face attacks in Czechia

Disabled people are frequent victims of violence in the Czech Republic and only a fraction of those attacked reported it to the police, according to a survey conducted by In IUSTITIA. The survey showed that 76% of disabled people have...
Politics 21-06-2022

Ukraine becomes ‘participating partner’ of Three Seas Initiative

The Three Seas Initiative’s (3SI) member states have granted Ukraine participating partner status to the group and supported its efforts to join the EU, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced at Monday’s 3SI summit in Riga. Unlike a strategic partnership, which...

Slovakia considers rebuilding Druzhba pipeline to supply fuel to Ukraine

The Druzhba pipeline, through which Russian oil flows into the country, may be converted into a product pipeline to deliver fuel into war-torn Ukraine, Slovak Economy Minister Richard Sulík announced. “In Ukraine, most of the refineries are destroyed. Ukraine needs...
Politics 20-06-2022

Czech government cracks under Prague corruption scandal

Czech Education Minister Petr Gazdík announced his resignation on Sunday following revelations that he attended several meetings with organised crime boss Michal Redl. Along with Gazdík, who also served as a deputy chair of the Mayors and Independents (STAN) party,...
Politics 20-06-2022

Poland to appeal for seventh package of Russian sanctions

A seventh package of EU sanctions against Russia, including a ban on technology export, will be called for by Poland, Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. The government will appeal for further sanctions at the EU...
Politics 17-06-2022

EU Parliament chiefs in Prague ahead of Council presidency

Prague and the European Parliament are partners in these difficult times caused by the war, leading EU lawmakers and Czech leaders agreed during a meeting in the country’s capital ahead of Czechia’s six-month stint at the helm of the EU...
Politics 17-06-2022

Polish president dismisses minister amid post office scandal

President Andrzej Duda dismissed Michał Cieślak, a minister without portfolio embroiled in a post office scandal, at the request of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. While visiting a post office in Pacanów in southern Poland, Cieślak was recognised by the post office director,...
Politics 17-06-2022

Slovak ministry sows confusion over Russia sanctions compliance in EU projects

A warning about sanctions-busting after checks on several EU-funded projects involving Austria’s construction giant Strabag by the regional development ministry has confused Slovak municipalities. Strabag is a Vienna-based company active in several EU member states. Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska was...
Politics 16-06-2022

Slovak media reaches record low levels of trust

Trust in the media has dropped to record lows in Slovakia, with fewer people trusting the media compared to last year, a new survey from the Reuters Institute of Journalism found after surveying 46 countries. According to the survey, only...