About: Czech Republic

Competition 14-04-2021

Czech lawmakers reject quotas on domestic goods in supermarkets to avert EU clash

Czech lawmakers rejected plans to require supermarkets to sell mainly domestically produced food on Tuesday (13 April), removing the measure from a bill on food quality to avoid clashes with the European Commission over EU single market rules.
Coronavirus 02-04-2021

EU countries squabble over 10 million extra doses of Pfizer vaccine

EU nations fell out Thursday (1 April) over how to divide up 10 million extra doses of coronavirus vaccine, with Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic refusing to help five struggling countries.
Energy 30-03-2021

‘It’s hard, we’re neighbours’: the coalmine polluting friendships on Poland’s borders

Czechs and Germans who live in the shadow of the vast Turów mine claim it is an environmental menace. Some in Poland want to weaponise its defence. EURACTIV’s media partner, The Guardian, reports.

Poland, others step up push for gas in EU green finance rules: document

Poland, Bulgaria and seven other countries have stepped up their push to ensure natural gas is classed as a sustainable investment under EU finance rules, warning Brussels its latest proposal falls short, a document seen by Reuters showed.

Macron, Orban urge EU to ‘actively support’ nuclear power

A group of seven European leaders fronted by French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the European Commission to stop hindering nuclear power and consider ways of bringing atomic energy into the EU’s green finance rule book ahead of an EU summit on Thursday (25 March).
Global Europe 15-03-2021

Palestinians and Arab League condemn opening of Czech Jerusalem office

The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League on Saturday (13 March) condemned the Czech Republic's opening of a diplomatic office in Jerusalem as a violation of international law.
Global Europe 08-03-2021

EU regulator urges caution on Sputnik COVID-19 vaccine

A senior European Medicines Agency (EMA) official urged European Union members on Sunday (7 March) to refrain from granting national approvals for Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V while the agency reviews its safety and effectiveness.

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.
Energy 16-02-2021

‘Low hanging fruit’: Eastern EU states eye existing gas network for hydrogen

Existing gas networks should be repurposed to transport hydrogen and help boost demand, said Michał Kurtyka, Polish Minister of Climate and Environment at an online event about hydrogen in Central and Eastern Europe on Friday (12 February).
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.
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.
Health 30-12-2020

Czechs approve squeezing extra dose from Pfizer vaccine vials

The Czech Republic has allowed squeezing an extra dose from COVID-19 vaccine vials supplied by Pfizer and BioNTech, taking advantage of an extra reserve amount put into the vials by the maker, the Health Ministry said.
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.

EU drafts deal to upgrade 2030 climate change target next month

The European Union has drafted a deal aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, against 1990 levels, a target it hopes its 27 members will endorse at a summit next month.
Energy 25-11-2020

Czech nuclear expansion faces delay amid concerns of opposition, secret services

A tender to decide who builds a new unit at a Czech nuclear power plant may face delays after security services and opposition parties raised concerns about the possible participation of bidders from China and Russia, officials said.
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.

Von der Leyen: European values are not for sale

In her first State of the Union speech, delivered on Wednesday (16 September), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen positioned herself as a bulwark against the unravelling of EU values that is already underway in many of the member states.
Politics 11-09-2020

Czech PM vetoes V4 meeting with Belarus opposition leader

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis vetoed on Thursday (10 September) a Polish proposal to invite Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to Friday’s summit of central European heads of state, saying such a step would be “hasty”.
Languages & Culture 03-09-2020

Major political groups harbour corruption – Greens’ Freund

The major European political groups tolerate corruption and malfeasance among the member parties, says Green MEP Daniel Freund, who also analyses the weaknesses of instruments to fight the misuse of EU funds.
China 31-08-2020

China says Czech senate speaker will pay ‘heavy price’ for Taiwan visit

Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil will “pay a heavy price” for making an official trip to Taiwan, the Chinese government’s top diplomat said on Monday (31 August).
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Pompeo in Prague at start of central Europe visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Prague on Tuesday (11 August), public TV footage showed, to open a five-day visit to central Europe with a hefty agenda including China's role in 5G network construction.
Energy 20-07-2020

Gas grid operators unveil plan for European hydrogen infrastructure ‘backbone’

A group of eleven European gas infrastructure companies from nine EU member states presented on Friday (17 July) a plan to create a dedicated hydrogen pipeline network of almost 23,000 km by 2040, to be used in parallel to the natural gas grid.