ČRo Plus: Accession talks with Ukraine could start this year in Brussels

Our senior researcher Jana Juzová commented on the topic of Ukraine's accession to the European Union. Both President Petr Pavel and Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský of the Pirate Party want to push for it. Did Ukraine get a real promise from the Czech side or a false hope? And how strong is the determination of the member states to accept Ukraine among them?

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Euractiv: Podcast: thanks to the presidency and support of Ukraine, the Czech Republic has incredibly strengthened its reputation in Brussels, says analyst

The Czech Republic presents itself as one of the leaders in aid to Ukraine, which is affected by Russian aggression, and in the second half of last year it held the Presidency of the EU Council, thus taking important decisions. Our editorial team went to Brussels - the centre of EU affairs - to find out whether this is indeed the case. How has the Czech reaction to the war affected the country's position in the EU-27 or its reputation in the eyes of its international partners? Žiga Faktor, head of the EUROPEUM Institute's Brussels office, commented on the following topics.

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iDNES: Will the Czech Republic increase its influence in Brussels? Pavel and the compatriots working there will help

President Petr Pavel headed to Brussels, where our country has the potential to increase its influence, and the head of state can only help this. In the last year, our country has proven that it can not only point out problems, but also propose solutions. An example is support for Ukraine, writes the head of the Brussels office Žiga Faktor.

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TA3: The results of the summit in Brussels

Our analyst Zuzana Stuchlíková commented on the results of the summit in Brussels for TA3. In the first part of the summit, European leaders addressed not only the issue of support for Ukraine but also topics such as the European response to the American Inflation Reduction Act or the issue of the stability of European banks.

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INFO.CZ: Serbia and Kosovo at the same table, but without a result. Instead of a solution, the upcoming agreement brought only more questions

After long negotiations, according to the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, on Saturday, March 18, the representatives of Serbia and Kosovo agreed on the final form of the agreement, which is supposed to ensure the normalization of relations between the two countries. Serbia does not recognize the independence of its former province, and relations have further escalated over the past year and a half over a dispute over the recognition of identity documents and vehicle registration plates issued by the two entities. The heated atmosphere in the war-torn region has attracted enormous attention from the US and the European Union, and both sides have invested significant efforts towards calming the situation and formulating an agreement to prevent similar situations in the future.

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ČT24: The election result sends a signal about the pro-Western direction of the Czech Republic

The head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, appeared on Czech Television to comment on the reaction of Brussels to the results of the presidential elections. He also mentioned the role of the president in relation to the EU and NATO and how this relationship will change after two terms of Miloš Zeman.

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iDNES.cz: Cheap electromobility has been pushed back by Brussels. Batteries must be eco

Electric cars that do not emit dangerous emissions should slowly replace cars with combustion engines. An environmentally friendly replacement. But what about the production of their batteries? According to the EU, the entire life cycle of these batteries should be environmentally friendly, from production to use to disposal. What measures will be introduced, how will the sale of batteries be regulated and how will this affect their price? Our research fellow Michal Hrubý comments on the topic.

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ČTK: Czechia has consistently fulfilled its role as presiding country, Brussels experts say

Lots of good work, successful, excellent. These are also the terms used by analysts working in Brussels to assess the end of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In interviews with ČTK, a trio of experts, including the head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, praised the way the Czech Republic has approached directing the debates between the member states.

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Job offer: Internship at our Brussels Office (Spring/Summer 2023)

EUROPEUM’s Brussels Office is offering internship positions from February 2023 to July 2023. See the attached PDF file bellow for more information about the offer.

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E15: EU ministers will be discussing the energy crisis. Gas price caps are not expected

An emergency meeting of EU ministers will be held today to discuss the dramatic rise in energy prices. The gas price cap is unlikely to happen, but other proposals are expected to be approved. Our research fellow Michal Hrubý commented on the situation.

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