INVITATION: Review of the first months of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU

We would like to invite you to an online debate on "Evaluation of the first months of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU", which will take place on Thursday 8th September at 17:30 online on our Facebook page.

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INVITATION | E-mobility: An OPPORTUNITY for Central-Eastern Europe

We would like to invite you to a conference on the occasion of the Czech EU Presidency on the topic: E-mobility: an OPPORTUNITY for Central-Eastern Europe. The conference will take place on 17th October 2022, 13:00 - 16:00 at the European House, Jungmannova 745/24, Prague & online.

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E15: Ukraine has been resisting Russian aggression for six months. A severe winter will test Western solidarity.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on for half a year. Despite constant fighting and pressure from Russia on Ukraine, the Russian Federation has failed to conquer Kiev. On the surface, it may appear that the war has stalled, but this is merely a deliberate tactic by Ukraine not to engage in major operations, but to wear down the Russian army. Western unity may be affected by new leadership in Italy and the UK, for example. However, the Czech Republic can play an important role, as it currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Our researcher Danielle Piatkiewicz also commented on the topic.

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VISEGRAD/ISIGHT: Czechia and Slovakia lead the ways

Our senior researcher Jana Juzová wrote an article for VISEGRAD/INSIGHT on "The Czech Republic and Slovakia in the lead". Since July, the Czech Republic has held the presidency of the EU Council and Slovakia the presidency of the Visegrad Four. Although the V4 is now in the shadow of Czech and Slovak foreign policy, this does not mean that it is less important or that it is falling apart. However, the V4 crisis triggered by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán may be an opportunity for the Czech Republic and Slovakia to determine the direction of the Visegrad Four.

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Podcast nr 2: Energy policy of Poland and the Czech Republic until 2050.

Michal Hrubý, a research fellow at our Institute, provided a video commentary for podcast hosted by the Economic Forum / Forum Ekonomiczne. Will the green transformation be an easy task? How is the war in Ukraine pushing us towards a faster green and digital transformation? Michal Hruby talks about that in his commentary.

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iRozhlas: 'Fresh' first month of the presidency. The Union is relieved that the Czechs have negotiated even a problematic point like gas

In their article on the current European energy policy, iRozhlas.cz refers to the study Gas in Numbers - European solidarity with gas: where does the Czech Republic stand?, which was prepared for EUROPEUM by our researcher Michal Hrubý. Michal Hrubý also commented in more detail for iRozhlas on the necessity of building energy independence from Russia, reducing annual consumption and Czech interests.

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EURACTIV: Reform of European elections or the whole EU. Czech Presidency opens sensitive topics in Prague

The Czech Republic, in its role as the presiding country, will have to deal with the European Parliament's proposal to launch the so-called Convention - the process of treaty change. Minister Bek announced that he would send a questionnaire to his European colleagues to find out which proposals could be implemented with or without changing the Treaties. Our researcher Zuzana Stuchlíková commented on the questionnaire initiative for Euractiv.

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Le Figaro: Eurosceptic Czech Republic takes over EU reins

Žiga Faktor, head of our Brussels office, commented on the Czech EU Presidency for the French daily Le Figaro.

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ČRo Plus: Environmental impact of the war in Ukraine

Our researcher Kateřina Davidová commented on the development of energy markets, the strategic package Fit for 55, as well as the agenda of the Ministry of the Environment during the Czech EU Presidency for Czech Radio Plus.

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Deník N: Graduate or crisis manager? What the Czech Republic can (not) influence in the EU Council Presidency

Eighteen years after joining the European Union, the Czech Republic assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the second time. Our Senior Research Fellows Vít Havelka and Kateřina Davidová commented for an article in Deník N on the role of the presidency, which in Havelka's opinion can be divided into two parts, namely legislative and political.

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