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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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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E15: European politicians underestimated Russia 13 years ago. Czech Republic faces a more difficult presidency

Michal Hrubý, our Research Fellow, commented on the topic of the Czech EU Presidency in an article for the news server E15 in which he addresses the issue of gas from Russia. The article also compares the situation with 2009, when the Czech Republic held the EU Council Presidency for the first time.

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Politico: Czech Republic braces for rocky EU presidency amid Ukraine war, high inflation

The head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, commented for the news website Politico on the approach of the Czech government and the attitude of the Czech electorate towards the upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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Seznamzpravy.cz: Comment: Ukraine in the EU? The biggest risk is empty promises

Our Research Fellow Jana Juzova commented on Ukraine's EU integration. Ukraine's economic level and lack of progress in democratic reforms, among other factors, complicate the EU's enlargement to include Ukraine. Accession would affect the flow of money redistributed from European funds, and Ukraine's membership would also have an impact on the EU Council's voting deliberations and the number of MEP seats.

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INVITATION: A more sovereign European Union in the new geopolitical age? A first assessment after the French Presidency of the Council

We would like to invite you to a conference titled "A more sovereign European Union in the new geopolitical age? A first assessment after the French Presidency of the Council" on Tuesday 28 June at 11:00 CET online via ZOOM. The conference will be held in English. The event is organized by the Europeum Institute for European Policy, Austro-French Center, the Institut Montaigne, GLOBSEC, the French Embassy to Austria and the Austrian Society for European Politics.

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ČRo Evropa Plus: Czech Republic is ready for the EU Presidency, says analyst. The fact that there won't be a second Entropa is a good thing, he says

The Czech Republic will take over the six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July. How is the Czech Presidency prepared for its task and how will it cope with the challenges posed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine? In an interview for ČRo, our senior research fellow Vít Havelka commented on the topic.

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INVITATION: EU as a Task: Presentation of policy priorities of the Czech presidency to the Council of EU

We would like to invite you to the discussion titled: "EU as a Task: Presentation of policy priorities of the Czech presidency to the Council of EU", which will take place on Monday 20th June, from 17:00 at the House of European History, Rue Belliard 135, 1000 Bruxelles. The event is organised by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union.

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Café Evropa: Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU - what awaits the EU under Czech leadership?

We would like to invite you to the next debate in the Café Evropa series, this time on the topic "Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU - what awaits the EU under Czech leadership?". The debate will take place on 23.6.2022 in person at Jungmannova 745/24 (Evropský dům).

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INVITATION: Reunification of Germany from the Czech perspective - public conference in Liberec

We would like to invite you to the debates within the rEUnify project, which will take place on Friday 3 June at the Technical University in Liberec. The event is organised by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the Technical University of Liberec.

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