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EU´s covid-19 response

EU´s covid-19 response

Mrs president Ursula von der Leyen answered to my letter from March about EU´s covid-19 response. EC is making many measures not only to avoid a deep economic crisis in the EU but also to protect European citizens. Read more about all corona response initiatives in short and useful overview.

EU is still missing comprehensive EU strategy on Mental Health

EU is still missing comprehensive EU strategy on Mental Health

"While there are many current initiatives addressing mental health, we are still missing comprehensive EU strategy on Mental Health. As MEP Alliance for Mental Health, our long-term aim is to push Commission to propose such a strategy, taking into account the cross-sectoral impact of different policies on mental health. The approach of the Commission has been very hesitant but we clearly see the support of the member states and pressure from the Parliament so believe that soon we will also see development on the side of the Commission," says Tomas Zdechovský, co-chair of MEP Alliance for mental health.

Turów mine cutting access to water at EP Petitions Committee

Turów mine cutting access to water at EP Petitions Committee

The European Parliament Petitions Committee will discuss tomorrow an initiative of Czech-Polish border region, Liberec, where tens of thousands of people will lose access to drinking water after Polish coal mine Turów extended its activity. Both the petitioners and Members will want to know what the results of the European Commission investigation to the impact of the mining are during the meeting on Tuesday 14 July at 9:00.

European Parliament members' offices burgled during lockdown

European Parliament members' offices burgled during lockdown

Brussels (CNN)Thieves have taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to break into the offices of the European Parliament, according to a member who spoke to CNN.

EU Parliament hits back at Czech PM in fund misuse row

EU Parliament hits back at Czech PM in fund misuse row

European Parliament president David Sassoli on Tuesday rejected claims by the Czech prime minister Andrej Babis that the institution interferes in Czech internal affairs.

German Green party politician's strange and illogical thinking on Czech nuclear power

German Green party politician's strange and illogical thinking on Czech nuclear power

Before criticizing Czech attitude towards nuclear power, German Greens should get their position straight, writes Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský.

Top Czech officials go on the offensive over European Parliament criticism of PM Babis

Top Czech officials go on the offensive over European Parliament criticism of PM Babis

Both Czech Prime Minister Andre Babis and Minister for Regional Development Klara Dostalova have criticised MEPs following the adoption of a European Parliament (EP) resolution regarding Babis’ conflict of interest over the Agrofert company on June 19.

MEP in police protection after Czech PM calls him 'traitor'

MEP in police protection after Czech PM calls him 'traitor'

A group of MEPs who traveled to the Czech Republic earlier this year to verify the correct spending of EU funds received numerous death threats, with one having to get police protection for his entire family. The threats followed statements by prime minister Andrej Babis, who described the two Czech MEPs in the group as national traitors.

Open letter to European Commission due to the planned restriction on lead ammunition: REACH cannot be applied to hunters’ use of lead gunshots over wetlands

Open letter to European Commission due to the planned restriction on lead ammunition: REACH cannot be applied to hunters’ use of lead gunshots over wetlands

The current Commission proposal amending Annex XVII to the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 which restricts the use of lead ammunition prohibits hunters to use or carry lead gunshots for shooting in or around wetlands within a radius of 100 meters. However, the REACH Regulation applies only to commercial operators to ensure that chemicals do not adversely affect human health or the environment. If REACH regulation should be applied even to hunters it would be unprecedented expansion of the scope of REACH.

The case of Czech PM: Press conference Thursday 18 June at 13.00 ahead of plenary vote

The case of Czech PM: Press conference Thursday 18 June at 13.00 ahead of plenary vote

On Thursday 18.06 at 12.00 CONT committee chair Monika HOHLMEIER (EPP,DE) with Members who went to the fact-finding mission to Czechia will hold a press conference ahead of the plenary vote.

We are looking for interns for period September 2020 to April 2021

We are looking for interns for period September 2020 to April 2021

Would you like to find out more about the dynamic working environment of the European Parliament? Do you want to take part in important political negotiations and explore every activities of MEP?

 Czech MEPs welcome European Commission lawsuit against Austria over different allowances for non-expatriate children of EU workers

Czech MEPs welcome European Commission lawsuit against Austria over different allowances for non-expatriate children of EU workers

The European Commission (EC) has sued Austria at the European Court of Justice over the so-called indexation of allowances for the children of foreign nationals working there. A spokesperson for the EC announced the news and said the measures are discriminatory and contravene EU law. Czech workers are among those complaining of disadvantage when Austria disburses different allowances to them for their children who remain in the Czech Republic while their parents work in Austria. Czech MEPs welcomed the lawsuit and have been among those who convinced the EU executive to react vigorously to the measures.

Will we continue working from home after lockdown?

Will we continue working from home after lockdown?

In 2018, roughly 5% of working-age people in the EU regularly worked from home. "In my opinion, remote working can help us in the future to tackle climate change and encourage us to better integrate new technologies into our workplaces," says to this topic MEP Tomas Zdechovsky.

EU top court clashes with Parliament over use of chauffeurs

EU top court clashes with Parliament over use of chauffeurs

The EU’s highest court has been accused of raising “ethical risks” by allowing judges to use taxpayer-funded chauffeurs for personal trips, and of failing to engage with the European Parliament over its concerns.

We will not allow Russia or China to attack Czech people. We are united like never before.

We will not allow Russia or China to attack Czech people. We are united like never before.

Tomáš Zdechovský, MEP: We will not allow Russia or China to attack Czech people. We are united like never before.

Time to act on mental health

Time to act on mental health

The urgent need for an EU Mental Health Strategy: now is the time for the Commission to act! Mental ill health affects more than one in six people across the European Union in any given year, with a total cost of over EUR 600 billion – or more than 4% of GDP – across the 28 EU countries (source: Health at a Glance, 2018).

EU will strengthen its efforts to combat subsidy fraud and oligarchs' practices

EU will strengthen its efforts to combat subsidy fraud and oligarchs' practices

Three issues stood out in the current discharge report: Criminals benefitting from EU farm subsidies in Italy and Slovakia, transparency with NGOs, and conflicts of interest in Czech republic. The report calls on the Commission to: 1. fight any form of conflict of interest and oligarchic structures; 2. table a proposal dealing with land-grabbing malpractices; 3. publish a list of the biggest beneficiaries of EU agricultural payments; 4. ensure that the delivery of external aid is subject to the rule of law; 5. ensure the transparency and accountability of NGO’s.

MEPs: Czech PM Babis can't be in budget talks

MEPs: Czech PM Babis can't be in budget talks

Czech prime minister Andrej Babis should not take part in the negotiations on the next seven-year EU budget because of his potential conflict of interests and possible misuse of EU funds, MEPs said Wednesday (7 May).