Czech Republic may be fined for its high noise levels
The European Commission has taken an interest in the high noise levels Czechs are subjected to across the country. From noisy roads to squeaky trains, apparently hundreds…
Is the Czech Republic the new “bad-boy” of the European Union?
In January 2009, the Czech Republic will for the first time assume the EU presidency. But the current Czech coalition government may have a problem – its policies have…
Czech Parliament opens debate on Lisbon Treaty
The Czech Parliament on Wednesday opened debate on the Lisbon Treaty signed in December of 2007 by the EU’s 27 member states. The treaty replaces the controversial EU…
EU expert Charles Grant: Czech reluctance to join euro incomprehensible
Charles Grant is the director of the Centre for European Reform, one of the UK’s leading pro-EU think tanks. When we met in Prague recently, the conversation ranged from…
New agreement paves way for visa-free travel to US for Czech citizens
“The fulfillment of a dream for a generation of Czechs” is how Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek described the signing on Tuesday of a document that paves the way for…
Prague 12th richest region in the EU.
New figures released by the European Union reveal that the Prague region is surprisingly prosperous in comparison to the rest of the EU.
Olomoucké tvarůžky will not receive protected status from EU for time being
Olomoucké tvarůžky – famous yellow cheeses produced in the Olomouc region in the Czech Republic – are instantly recognisable for their odour and gummy texture: they are…
President Klaus makes new comments about climate change, do they echo the views of Czechs?
Czech President Václav Klaus is notorious for his outspoken views on climate change. He calls evidence of global warming “bogus” and ambitious environmentalism "a threat…
EP criticizes Czechs for pig farm on the site of former Roma concentration camp
A report outlining Roma minority problems in the EU, adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday, highlights the case of a pig farm built on the site of a wartime…
Under EC proposal Czech Republic to double “green energy” production by 2020
On Wednesday, the European Commission made public its planned reforms in its fight against climate change. The proposed measures are aimed to help the EU slash greenhouse…
Balkans among Czech EU presidency foreign policy priorities
The Czech Republic has outlined several foreign policy priorities for its EU presidency in 2009. Among those highlighted are the Union’s relations with the Balkan states…
Topolánek, Gusenbauer discuss Schengen & illegal migration
Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek was on an official visit to Vienna on Monday to meet with Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer for a day of talks that included discussions…
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