DW: Czech Republic takes over rotating European presidency

The Czech Republic has taken over the rotating presidency of the European council. It has vowed to focus largely on aid to Ukraine and the war's repercussions. Žiga Faktor, the head of our Brussels office talked in a brief interview with DW. Žiga Faktor finds the Czech Republic a perfect fit for trying to find a consensus on the situation and the position towards Russia.

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Blisty: Rozhovor Britských listů 505. Are the Visegrad Four irrevocably discredited?

The head of our Brussels office Žiga Faktor gave an interview to the British Gazette. In the interview they compare how the Czech Republic and Slovenia are dealing with the legacy of populist governments.

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iDnes: Czech sounds through Brussels. Spejbl and Hurvínek will be there with the Presidency

The Czech Republic will sit on the EU Council for the second time in July. Thanks to the presidency and the growing number of visiting diplomats, the Czech language is spreading through Brussels more than usual, so you can hear "ahoj" or "rád tě vidím" here and there in the streets, writes Žiga Faktor in his commentary for iDNES.cz.

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iDnes: Have you banned combustion engines? Tax electric cars and abolish subsidies, Focus urges

Our research fellow Michal Hrubý is quoted in an article by iDnes.cz, which reports on the wave of emotions among motorists brought about by the recent approval of a ban on the sale of new cars and light commercial vehicles with internal combustion engines by the European Parliament. The German magazine Focus has come up with a series of proposals for politicians in this context, dominated by the message: 'There is no reason to subsidise electric cars, but rather to tax them'.

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LA LIBRE: Reputedly Eurosceptic, the Czech Republic is trimming its European suit

Our research fellow Žiga Faktor commented for the Belgian daily La Libre on the topic of Czech Euroscepticism. The positive attitude of Václav Havel (the so-called great European) towards Europe was also reflected in the incoming Czech presidency, specifically in the motto "Europe as a task". The motto is inspired by his speech in Cácy in 1996. Despite a positive attitude in the past, according to the latest data from STEM, only 33 % of Czechs have a positive view of the Czech Republic's EU membership.

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DELO.SI: Prime Minister Fialla's presidency will be hampered by past mistakes

The Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU begins today. One of the challenges that the Czech Republic will face is the possible extension of sanctions against Russia, for instance in the gas sector. However, the geographical proximity of Ukraine to the Czech Republic should facilitate negotiations on this issue. Žiga Faktor, head of our Brussels office, commented on this topic for the Slovenian online daily DELO.

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EU MONITOR: Recharging the Czech EU Presidency

Czechia will enter its second round of the EU Presidency on the 1st of July. Despite the ongoing major shift toward e-mobility across the EU, no strong commitments are coming from the Czech government. The widely accepted milestone of 2035 for phasing-out the sales of new non-zero-emission cars is still perceived by many local policy-makers as unrealistic. Michal Hrubý, a research fellow at the Institute for European Policy, writes in his EU Monitor.

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Work in Progress: The Migration Pact between French and Czech presidencies

Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and Think Visegrad platform cordially invite you to an expert roundtable discussion titled: Work in Progress: The Migration Pact between French and Czech presidencies.The discussion will take place on Tuesday 12th July from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Orange Room of the Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon, 8, 1000 Brussels

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Job offer: Internship at our Brussels Office (Autumn/Winter 2022/2023)

EUROPEUM’s Brussels Office is offering internship positions from September 2022 to January 2023. See the attached PDF file bellow for more information about the offer.

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ČRo Plus: The European Union is preparing joint gas purchases. The summit has not yet produced an agreement on how to lower prices.

Our research fellow Zuzana Stuchlíková commented on the ongoing negotiations on the European summit to help further joint action towards Russia and European energy independence. What will the energy crisis mean for the incoming Czech presidency?

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