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Health 22-09-2021

More data and awareness needed to fight Alzheimer’s disease, Czech experts say

Low public awareness and the fact that many patients consider dementia symptoms as signs of ageing are among the main obstacles of Alzheimer’s disease diagnoses in Czechia. The government has already adopted an action plan aiming for a change.
Energy 10-06-2021

EU Commission joins Czechia in legal case over Polish coal mine

The European Commission has decided to join the Czech Republic in a bitter lawsuit against Poland over what plaintiffs say is an illegal extension of a license to operate the Turów coal mine near the Czech and German border.
Energy 01-06-2021

Closing the Czech coal industry could cost 25,000 jobs

The Czech Republic is currently considering how best to use EU green funds to modernise its economy and secure just transition of its three coal mining regions. According to experts, the coal phase-out could result in the loss of 25,000 jobs, but investments in renewables can restore the balance.
Global Europe 27-04-2021

Orban blocks harsh V4 declaration on Russia, accepts softer version

Visegrad countries approved an official statement on Monday condemning the recently revealed Russian military intelligence activities in Czechia, after rejecting a harsher version of the statement was deemed unacceptable by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Agrifood 26-04-2021

‘Contemptuous approach’: Czech farmers group quits EU association

The Czech farmers group APF CR has left the EU agricultural organisation COPA, accusing it of showing a “contemptuous approach" and lacking support for small farmers, an accusation refuted by other Czech farmers' groups. 
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
Coronavirus 26-02-2021

Apple says it never discussed COVID-19 certificate app with WHO, EU

American multinational technology company Apple has never held talks with the World Health Organisation or the EU about the possibility to develop a COVID-19 vaccine certificate application, and has made clear it does not want to access private data from such an app, EURACTIV.com has learnt.
Coronavirus 26-02-2021

EU leaders take baby step toward vaccination certificate, fume at pharma industry

EU leaders decided at a teleconference on Thursday (25 February) to start working on a digital vaccination certificate now and start implementing it when there is sufficient number of EU citizens vaccinated.

Czech coal mining regions confronted with ‘hidden’ energy poverty

While Czech coal mining regions supply heat and electricity to the whole country, local people are often unable to afford heating their own homes, researchers say. More broadly, Czechia is struggling to meet its EU reporting obligations on energy poverty, an issue common to other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Coronavirus 15-02-2021

AstraZeneca approached Czechia with additional vaccine offer

Unhappy with the amount of COVID-19 vaccines delivered within the EU framework so far, the Czech government has launched separate talks with British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca while simultaneously mulling the possible purchase of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, the health ministry has said.
Coronavirus 12-02-2021

Russia’s vaccine and the political side-effects for Europe

As EU-Russia relations hit a new low over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Moscow’s Sputnik V vaccine is seen as a window of opportunity for Europe to make up for the delayed vaccine deliveries. But the Russian jab may also creates additional headaches across EU capitals.
The pandemic has exposed how important it is to effectively and quickly fight against disinformation campaigns. The Czech Republic has long underestimated this problem.
Digital & Media 10-02-2021

Czech Republic is losing the information war, experts warn

The pandemic has exposed how important it is to effectively and quickly fight against disinformation campaigns. The Czech Republic has long underestimated this problem.
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 28-01-2021

Czech Republic’s transport decarbonisation ‘trapped’ in local politics

Efforts to decarbonise the Czech Republic’s transport through the increased use of bioethanol have fallen prey to local politics, putting the country’s renewable energy goals at risk. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
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. 
Air Quality 19-01-2021

Czech health minister backs coal mining phase-out ‘as soon as possible’

Czech health minister Jan Blatný is aware of the negative impacts of coal mining on the environment and human health. “Personally, I am in favour of a coal mining phase-out as soon as possible,” he told EURACTIV.cz.
Climate change 07-12-2020

Czechs eyes coal phase-out by 2038

The Czech coal commission recommended to phase out coal by 2038. Environmental groups, who fought for 2033, were outvoted and walked out of the commission in protest.
Climate change 27-11-2020

Green recovery after COVID-19: Last chance for V4 to climate transition?

The recovery of European economies after the coronavirus pandemic may become - thanks to national recovery plans financed by the EU funds - a prelude to catching up with climate goals. Are the Visegrád countries ready to seize the opportunity?
Digital & Media 02-11-2020

Visegrad Four want to distinguish between ‘illegal’ and ‘harmful’ content in Digital Services Act

Visegrad countries are waiting for the new Digital Services Act. According to the V4 countries, the regulation is necessary but Europe must avoid censorship and any other forms of violation of the right to freedom of expression.
In the Czech Republic, Artificial Intelligence has been a widely discussed topic. Experts, politicians, and other stakeholders realise that research, development and use of AI will be crucial in near future. And that is why the country rejects strict regulations at the European level.
Digital & Media 30-10-2020

Czech Republic wants to be AI leader, but companies lack state support

In the Czech Republic, Artificial Intelligence has been a widely discussed topic. Experts, politicians, and other stakeholders realise that research, development and use of AI will be crucial in near future. And that is why the country rejects strict regulations at the European level.
Elections 28-10-2020

Czech centre-right parties form alliance to defeat Babiš

Three centre-right Czech parties haven signed a memorandum on forming an alliance for the next year’s general elections. The aim of Civic Democrats (ECR), Christian Democrats (EPP) and TOP 09 (EPP) is to defeat the ruling ANO party (Renew) of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
Climate change 15-10-2020

Czechs drop opposition to 2030 climate goal ahead of EU summit

The Czech Republic said it was ready to back the EU’s proposed 2030 target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55%, provided that the objective is a collective one and that EU state aid rules do not hamper its nuclear ambitions.

MEP Hohlmeier: No system to identify conflict of interest in Czech Republic

Distribution of EU funds in the Czech Republic faces several weaknesses, including a lack of clear system, said German MEP Monika Hohlmeier (EPP), who led a fact-finding mission of the Budgetary Control (CONT) committee to the country.