Civil Society and Human Rights
- On 5 March 2020, DEMAS, in cooperation with the Hungarian branch of PILnet, European pro bono network, organised two roundtable discussions on the current challenges to civil society (not only) in the Czech Republic. Close to thirty representatives of the nonprofit sector, government, academia and business participated in discussions on promoting civil society through pro bono private sector services and civic engagement of young people and students. You can find two briefing papers summarising the main points of the two discussions.
- CEVRO Democracy Guide – This practical guide is chronicling the democratic transition experience of different countries to help reformers, who are in charge of democratization processes in their home countries, to deal with issues involving security services during transition.
- NGOs and the Judiciary – Watchdog Activities, Interactions, Collaboration, Communication – The report establishes key recommendations and good practice guidance for civil society organizations that are engaged in monitoring of the judiciary and judicial function. The recommendations have general applicability well outside the context of Central and Eastern Europe and are models for NGO watchdog activities, and for NGO interaction with the judiciary (CEELI Institute).
- Amnesty International policy on state obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of sex workers – Amnesty International’s policy is the culmination of extensive worldwide consultations, a considered review of substantive evidence and international human rights standards and first-hand research, carried out over more than two years.
- „REFUGEES WELCOME INDEX“ Amnesty – Based on a global survey conducted by GlobeScan Incorporated among more than 27 thousand people from 27 countries, the Refugees Welcome Index rates countries based on people´s willingness to accept refugees in their own country, their cities, neighbourhoods and homes.
- Czechs Weigh Human Rights Against Business – An analysis by the Inter Press Service features Director of the Forum 2000 Foundation Jakub Klepal discussing the importance of a principled policy on human rights as part of Czech foreign policy.
Czech Foreign Policy
Agenda for Czech Foreign Policy 2019. Czech foreign policy has long been one of the main areas of interest of the Association for International Affairs (AMO). This year you can read what is already the thirteenth edition of the Agenda for Czech Foreign Policy (first published in 2007). Authors of the publication assess Czech diplomacy in 2019 and present recommendations for the upcoming year.
- Andrej Babiš is not Central Europe’s Game-Changer – Vít Dostál, Association for International Affairs (AMO), and Milan Nič, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), co-authored a new briefing paper analyzing the Czech election result.
- Impact assessment of TTIP for the Czech Republic – Executive Summary – AMO presents the executive summary of the Impact assessment of TTIP for the Czech Republic. The team of the study’s authors included Alice Rezková and Kryštof Kruliš.
10 Years of Eastern Partnership: From Prague to Brussels and How to Proceed? The Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy celebrated its 10th anniversary during the sixth high-level conference in Brussels in May 2019 and it is now undergoing a process of strategic reflection on its future. Pavel Havlíček’s policy paper assesses the first decade of the Eastern Partnership policy, its successes and failures, and presents recommendations for solution of the main challenges currently facing the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries.
Eastern Partnership: from the EaP summit to the debate on the new Multiannual Financial Framework – Věra Řiháčková Pachta analyses U’s project of Eastern Partnership in the light of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027: ’We are in the middle of the major battle over the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027. Eastern neighbourhood and Eastern Partnership policy is only one of many issues on the table. At the same time, the decisions taken in the next couple of months by the EU Council, European Parliament and in trialogue with the European Commission on the Commission’s legislative proposal of the new Neighbourhood, Development, and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), will largely shape not only the financial modalities of the policy delivery but also send strong political signals to the partner countries on where EU stands at the moment. And the signals might not be exactly what at least some of the Eastern neighbours are hoping. (…)’
- The European Answer to the Eurasian Challenge for Eastern Europe – EUROPEUM´s project manager Nelly Tomčíková wrote one of the contributing articles for an extensive study on the Eurasian challenge and its implications to Eastern Europe. The study was published by the Charter 97 Foundation with the support of the International Visegrad Fund.
- More Effective EU Democracy Support in the Eastern Partnership – The intention of this paper, co-authored by Miriam Lexmann, Věra Řiháčková (EUROPEUM), Márton Ugrósdy and Richard Youngs, is to match political trends within the EaP states to short- and medium-term policy recommendations that the EU should be able to introduce through revisions to its democracy support instruments, mainly within the ENP and ENI reviews.
- ENP Review – Towards effective EU action in the Eastern neighbourhood? A new issue of EUROPEUM EASTERN MONITOR begins with a critical analysis of the recent European Neighbourhood Policy review written by EUROPEUM´s associate research fellow, Věra Řiháčková.
- The Limits of Enlargement-Lite: European and Russian Power in the Troubled Neighbourhood
- What price do Serbia and Macedonia have to pay to save the EU? – Michal Vít analyses, in his latest policy paper, the state of EU cooperation with Serbia and Macedonia after the closing of the Balkan route, with focus on the role of the Czech Republic within the negotiations.
- Assessing EU development cooperation: from infancy to maturity? – New issue of BRUSSELS MONITOR series by Eva Křížková (EUROPEUM) focuses on EU development cooperation policy transformation.
- The EU Emissions Trading System: Time for a radical overhaul? – The latest policy paper by Kateřina Davidová and Christian Kvorning Lassen (EUROPEUM) analyses the EU Emissions Trading System and proposes a set of recommendations in the light of the current revision agenda.
- EU Better Regulation Agenda: Contested Policy in Central European Perspective – Zuzana Picková’s (EUROPEUM) policy paper examines the current state of play of the European Commission’s Better Regulation Agenda (BRA) and highlights its key elements, adding the perspective on the BRA of the Visegrád Group countries (V4) and suggesting several policy recommendations.
- The European Union in the Fog – The final publication of the ‘Building Bridges between National Perspectives on the European Union’ project (EUROPEUM) gathers articles from all across the Member States, with each chapter following the same structure of answering five main questions.
- Embedding NATO into the European Union Global Strategy: the missing link? – New issue of EUROPEUM BRUSSELS MONITOR series by Martin Michelot deals with EU-NATO cooperation in the context of the European Union Global Strategy.
- Not a Leap but a Step in the Right Direction: Mogherini’s Structural and Personnel Reform of the EU’s Diplomatic Service – First issue of the Brussels Monitor by Tereza Novotná (EUROPEUM) deals with the European External Action Service (EEAS) appointments.
- EU enlargement to the Western Balkans: Out of sight, out of mind? – Does the EU and the Commission in particular possess appropriate tools to deal with the ‘complicated’ candidate countries in a complex international reality? Marko Stojić (EUROPEUM) in his new policy paper tackles the question with a comparative analysis of six Western Balkan (potential) candidates for EU membership.
- HRDN “Do’s and Don’ts” for the EP on HRDs – The European Parliament is a great ally of human rights defenders worldwide, with many individual cases mentioned in the monthly urgency resolutions, and declarations by individual MEPs or Chairs. But can the EP do more in its public diplomacy on HRDs? Read more in HRDN’s paper on “Do’s and Don’ts for the EP on HRDs.
- Trends of Visegrad Foreign Policy 2019 – During July and August 2019, Association for International Affairs (AMO) carried out a survey among key actors of Visegrad countries’ foreign policies. Politicians, civil servants, journalists, researchers and business representatives answered questions concerning their perception of current foreign policy issues and their expectations about them for the future. The conclusions of the survey have brought us a unique insight into how different policymakers reflect upon various foreign policy phenomena.
- France and the V4 in a multi-speed Europe: rough times ahead? Martin Michelot (EUROPEUM), in his latest policy paper, explores the relationship of France and the Visegrad group from a perspective of Macron’s strategies, a possible multi-speed scenario and a political Franco-German axis, outlining the long-term prospect of cooperation.
- Rethinking V4’s Eurozone Dilemmas after the UK Referendum What are the current views of the members of the V4 group on the Eurozone-related topics? Where are the problems and how to solve them? Five authors from the V4 members sum up their countries’ opinions in this policy paper. They explain specifics about their country’s position and suggest future development. (AMO)
- Will Brexit hurt investments in CEE countries? What is the so-called Anglophone discourse on the FDIs flow which can be spotted in the debate on the British EU membership? What is the difference between FDIs and trade exchange? And how could British departure from the EU influence the existing structure of the investment chain? The role of British companies in the transfer of FDIs in the CEE region is examined by Kryštof Kruliš (AMO) in his policy paper.
- Understanding New Polish Intermarium: Trap or Triumph for the Visegrad Group? Vít Dostál (AMO) in his policy paper studies ideological foundations of the new Polish policy towards Central Europe and examines the content of concrete sectoral initiatives which will be prioritized. Will PL V4 PRES bring anything revolutionary in its program?
- Poland and the Czech Republic: Advocates of the EU Enlargement? A joint publication by EUROPEUM and demosEUROPA in Warsaw, dealing with the perspectives of future EU enlargement and Poland as the Czech Republic as possible proponents of the continuing expansion of the EU.