| COMMENTARY: Quartet on the European budget - it is useless, isn't it?

Along with the discussion of the revision of the seven-year budget of the European Union (EU), statements that the budget is too big and unnecessary have once again appeared in the public space. Moreover, the EU is now borrowing to run itself because it is unable to make ends meet. It is worth recalling what the EU budget is for and why it is important to have one, writes Vít Havelka, a researcher at Europeum.

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REPORT: EU± Portuguese and Czech Presidency of the EU Council

On December 15, the very last debate of 2020 from the series EU± took place. The debate was organized by the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the Department of European Studies of FSV UK. The topic of „Portuguese and Czech Presidency of the EU Council” was discussed by Ambassador of Portugal to the Czech Republic Luís de Almeida Sampaio, our Associate Research Fellow Zuzana Stuchlíková and former Permanent Representative to the EU Milena Vicenová. The debate took place in English and was charied by Tomáš Weiss, researcher, and head of the Department of European Studies FSV UK.

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ČRo Plus: The dispute between Poland and Hungary and the rest of the European Union: The struggle for the rule of law and the budget

Our researcher Vít Havelka was a guest on Sunday's broadcast of Evropa Plus, where he commented on the possible consequences of a dispute between Poland and Hungary and the rest of the European Union concerning the establishment of the EU budget for the rule of law. He also commented on cases in which the proposed legislative act could be applied.

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Hospodářské noviny: Germans take over EU leadership. Other countries are already looking forward to it

Vladimír Bartovic commented for Hospodářské noviny on the preparations for the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU in connection with the beginning of the German Presidency.

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Deník N: The Czech Republic will get hundreds of billions, won't be even possible to exhaust everything, Jourová praise the EU budget. Babiš doesn't like it

Our Vít Havelka for Deník N on the negative stance of the Prime Minister Andrej Babiš towards the new EU budget of 750 billion euro.

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Euractiv: EU won't reach agreement on Multiannual Financial Framework until end of 2019, experts concur

Our analytic Vít Havelka contributed to the article about Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027. He does not expect long-term budget's approval until the end of the year but is positive about its orientation and the Czech Republic's position.

Show more Will Italy uphold its budget? If they show Brussels their middle finger, the sanctions will follow, expert says

Our Director Vladimir Bartovic commented for on the first ever rejection of one of the EU members’ budget proposal by the European Commission.

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