The Czech EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said in Helsinki in early November that the EU Structural and Cohesion Funds, which aim to reduce regional disparities in income, wealth and opportunities, should comply with the rule of law. Her speech appeared to be directed at Poland and Hungary.
At the end of October the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) organised its international business-to-business event called the Slovak Matchmaking Fair (Slovenská kooperačná burza). The event, attended by around 300 companies, was held for the first time in Košice, the largest city in eastern Slovakia.
The clear winner of the Czech Republic’s parliamentary elections is ANO 2011, an anti-establishment political party founded by Andrej Babiš, a Slovak-born billionaire. Continue reading Czech Election Result Could Delay Euro Adoption Until 2025
The VW Group, which owns Czech carmaker Škoda Auto, has rejected claims that it will shift some production to Germany. Instead, the group has decided to diversify three brands, Volkswagen, SEAT and Škoda.
Continue reading Škoda too Strong for VW Group
French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent Central and Eastern European (CEE) visit was notable for what he discussed (stimulating the French economy), and perhaps even more notable for where he visited… and where he did not. While the tour may have accomplished his quest for regulating posted workers (he claimed current numbers harm the French economy), his policy objectives may have been overshadowed by the growing rift in the European Union (EU), and especially amongst the Visegrad countries of Central Europe. Continue reading Emphasising the Incongruence Between the V4 Countries