Message

Analyses, articles, comments

Policy brief: Elections to the European Parliament and the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic

  • Almost one year after 2014 EP elections, the Czech Constitutional Court upheld the constitutionality of a 5% electoral threshold for elections to the European Parliament in the Czech Republic.
  • The Court stressed the European dimension of Czech electoral rule and potential destabilisation effect of abolishing the 5% threshold for the European Parliament.

The Czech Constitutional Court upheld the constitutionality of a 5% electoral threshold for elections to the European Parliament in the Czech Republic. The Court’s decision emphasised that by abolishing the 5% threshold the Czech Republic could contribute to the instability of the European Parliament. In the Court’s opinion, the fact that only 21 MEPs are elected in the Czech Republic cannot justify the disregard for the stabilising effect of a reasonable electoral threshold in the EP elections since the Czech Republic shall not behave in the European institutions as an irresponsible “free-loader” that ignores the European dimension of its domestic electoral rules.
 

Policy brief by Ivo Šlosarčíka is available here.
 

EU vs. Orbán - Fighting for Democracy within the EU

European Union is often praised for its normative soft power and transformation capacity. However very active in promoting democracy in its neighbourhood, the case of Orbán’s Hungary shows that the EU is struggling to ensure the respect for democracy, human rights and rule of law within its borders. In this article, already existing tools which the EU applied or discussed in the case of Hungary EU are examined - such as various declarations, infringement procedure or Article 7 TEU. Bilateral sanctions and suspension of the “guilty” political party’s membership in the EP groups are described as alternative options used in the past by the EU members, but outside the EU processes. Proposals for the new rule of law mechanism and ex-ante conditionality are analysed as possible tools of the future. The article comes to conclusion that none of those tools can be fully effective when there’s a clear lack of unity on the EU side and the political will to address the issue is missing.

More information in our colleague's paper here.

Recommendation: Current Energy Security Issues

On Thursday 2, 2015 the recommendation from the round table about the energy security which was organized by Národní Konvent o EU.

The recommendations and the debate material were prepared by the team of EUROPEUM, Radomír Špok and Helena Schulzová. Both materials are available in Czech only.

More information about the round table are available in Czech on the website of Národní Konvent o EU.


Call for 2015 Think Visegrad Fellowships

Think Visegrad—V4 Think Tank Platform is inviting applications for fellowships for non-Visegrad expert fellows.

More information about the fellowship is available here.

Deadline: Application dossiers consisting of the application from, structured CV (including the list of publications) and a motivation letter (maximum 300 words) are to be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 17 April 2015.

Application form is available here.

Discussion paper: Ten years in the EU: Czech and Slovak Experience

Vladimír Bartovic published the discussion paper "Ten years in the EU: Czech and Slovak Experience" which was presented at the Czech-Slovak Discussion Forum.

The text is available in Czech only.

Jan Váška: What can the EU do to contain the risk of the “Brexit”?

EUROPEUM Institute for European policy published policy brief by Jan Váška: What can the EU do to contain the risk of the “Brexit”?
  • Many policy areas are up for discussion, from the working time directive to financial regulation, but symbolic issues will be important as well.
  • The EU must avoid weakening and alienating the moderate, pro-EU voices in the Conservative camp. 
  • The overarching message to the UK should be: “We do want you in: both Britain and the EU benefit from your membership in the Union, economically and politically”.

In 2013, British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to renegotiate the terms of UK membership in the EU and have the new settlement agreed by the British people in a referendum, should the Conservatives win the 2015 general election. With the vote approaching, and the British exit (“Brexit”) still a conceivable option, this paper discusses the most probable post-election scenarios in relation to this renegotiation-referendum pledge. It argues that a Labour victory would only mean postponement of the referendum to a later date. In its final section, the paper proposes how the EU should approach the upcoming UK electoral campaign and the actual renegotiations and referendum, should they take place, covering both the substantive and symbolic issues at stake.

The policy brief is available here.

Publications

  • The Czech and Slovak Parliaments After the Lisbon Treaty

    The publication you are about to open is an output of a project called New role of the national parliaments in the EU decision-making processes: previous experience and new challenges pursuant to the Lisbon Treaty, undertaken by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy together with the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin with the financial support of Heinrich Böll Foundation.

    Publication is available to download here.

    :: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=Objednavka_ID_77" _mce_' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy83476 + '\' style="color: #a50032;" _mce_style="color: #a50032;">'+addy_text83476+'<\/a>'; //--> ::