Visegrad Archives

  • Slovak minister says Italy may have paid for gas in roubles

    Energy & Environment 04-05-2022

    Italy may have already paid in roubles as Slovakia is experiencing higher transit volumes of gas, Slovak Economy Minister Richard Sulík (SaS) said following the meeting of EU energy ministers in Brussels on Monday. “Since the volumes flowing through Slovakia have …

  • Hungarian far-right tables bill to end emergency in parliament’s first sitting

    Politics 03-05-2022

    Our Homeland, the only party to get into parliament besides Fidesz and the united opposition, tabled a bill to end the COVID-19-related state of emergency on the day the new Hungarian parliament was formed after the 3 April elections, Telex reported.

  • Czechia should reduce gas-based fertiliser dependency, says Commission

    Agrifood 03-05-2022

    The European Commission called on the Czech Republic to reduce its dependence on synthetic fertilisers, mainly produced from Russian natural gas. “The European Commission’s priority is to link climate action to the provision of food, taking into account the Russian invasion …

  • Poles divided over suspending national contributions to EU budget

    Politics 03-05-2022

    One in three Poles favours a recent proposal by Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro calling on the government to suspend payment of its national contributions to the EU, while about as many oppose or are unsure about such a measure, a …

  • Most Slovaks oppose Russian gas import ban

    Politics 02-05-2022

    More than 60% of Slovaks are not in favour of stopping Russian gas imports, while only 25% favour a gradual halt, and 7% want an immediate one, a new survey by the Focus agency has found. Focus asked respondents in early …

  • Prague pressures Budapest to change its Russia stance

    Politics 02-05-2022

    Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala wants to convince his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán to change his stance on Russia as Hungary is among the countries willing to pay for natural gas imports in roubles – a move unacceptable for Czechia …

  • Poland opens new gas pipeline from Lithuania

    Politics 02-05-2022

    Poland has opened a new pipeline bringing gas from Lithuania after Russia’s Gazprom stopped deliveries to the country on 27 April. The Poland-Lithuania Gas Connector (GIPL), under construction since 2020, started operating on 1 May. The new 580-kilometre-long infrastructure will supply …

  • Ukrainians buy off-road cars in Slovakia to send to war zones

    Politics 29-04-2022

    Ukrainians have started to buy used off-road cars in bulk to use them in the areas where infrastructure has been destroyed after the Ukrainian government waived tariffs on imported cars. Road border crossings between Slovakia and Ukraine are once again full …

  • Chips Act tops Czech presidency priorities

    Politics 29-04-2022

    With the Czech Republic taking over the rotating EU Council presidency in July, it has confirmed that it wants to focus on the refugee crisis, energy independence, and the Chips Act. Petr Fiala’s (ODS) government has hinted at the direction it …

  • Russian ban leaves Polish municipalities without gas

    Politics 29-04-2022

    The Russian-controlled Novatek Green Energy company cut gas supplies to several Polish municipalities due to the sanctions imposed on Russian oligarchs and firms. On Tuesday (26 April), the Polish government announced sanctions on 15 Russian oligarchs and 35 companies, including Novatek …

  • Hungary would pay Gazprom in roubles

    Politics 29-04-2022

    Hungary does not think Russia’s Gazprom will cut gas to the country and does not have a plan to replace it “overnight”, the government said on Thursday, adding that it will pay in roubles if needed. The Russian gas company cut …

  • Ending Russian gas dependency must be realistic and feasible, says Slovak president

    Politics 28-04-2022

    An immediate halt on gas deliveries from Russia would cause problems for Slovakia, so a timeframe for getting rid of Russian gas must thus be “realistic” and “feasible”, President Zuzana Čaputová has said. Gazprom stopped gas deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria …