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Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

The Czech Republic was the only European country to oppose Palestine being granted the status of a non-member observer state at the UN General Assembly on 29 November. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that although it…

Analyses | | Tomasz Dąborowski, Andrzej Sadecki, Marta Szpala

Russia’s Gazprom and the state-controlled Serbian and Hungarian energy companies on 29 and 31 October passed final investment decisions concerning the construction of the Serbian and Hungarian sections of the South Stream gas pipeline.…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

In October regional elections were held in the Czech Republic and one third of the seats for the Senate were also voted on. These turned out to be a disaster for the ruling right-wing parties and confirmed the strong position of Social…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

On 19 September the Slovak economy minister presented a draft agreement between shareholders of the country's gas operator - Slovensky plynarensky priemysel (SPP). The agreement is to enter into force after changes in the ownership in…

Analyses | | Andrzej Sadecki

On 6t September, the conservative daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet posted a list of the International Monetary Fund’s terms for making a loan to Hungary. These include: a reduction of pensions, raising the retirement age, removing…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

On 31 August, Hungary handed over to Azerbaijan the Azeri officer who had been sentenced to life imprisonment (with no right to a reprieve for thirty years) for killing an Armenian soldier with an axe in Budapest in 2004 during a course…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

On 10 August, the Slovak parliament approved a reform of the pension system. On one hand, the changes introduced by Robert Fico’s left-wing cabinet will weaken the position of private pension funds, and on the other will link retirement…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

On 31st July, nearly one and a half years after the deadline set, the Slovak parliament adopted the amendments to the laws relating to energy, thus implementing the EU third energy package regulations. These legislative…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

On 18 June the left-wing government of Robert Fico published a list containing 22 solutions which are set to help decrease Slovakia's public finance deficit to below 3% in 2013, in line with the requirements of the EU and the fiscal…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski
On 25 May, a group of Czech senators from the areas where possible deposits of shale gas have been discovered announced that they had prepared a bill imposing a ban on the use of the hydraulic fracturing method in the Czech Republic…