"Crisis and its consequences will be catalysts of reforms and changes, including complex EU Budget Review,” the set of contributions to the National Convent about EU 2009 conferences and seminars.
The public financing of research and development is hardly a tool that can guarantee success to Slovak researches on the international scene or to attract investments from business sphere.
The paper is concerned with the issue of how the postsocialist new member states of the European Union fit into the established methodologies of worlds and varieties of welfare capitalism. The paper argues that the postsocialist welfare state is different from the welfare states of the old member states and does not resemble any of the four existing models as present in Europe.
(Some) politicians and scholars argue Eastern enlargement influenced the nature of the EU in fundamental ways and restricted the potential for the deepening of integration. Is that true? Examination of new member states‟ preferences can help to answer this question.
The analysis of the election manifestos and aims of selected Slovak political parties (ĽS-HZDS, KDH, Most-Híd, SaS, SDKÚ-DS, SMER-SD, SMK-MKP, SNS) in the area of foreign and security policy. The main topics covered by the authors of the analysis are attitudes towards NATO, EU, regional Central-European relations, USA, Russia and other global partners and also the issues of "hard" and "soft" security, including energy security.
„Slovak audiovision made it through the crisis even stronger than before, and is on the best path to becoming a self-confident and standard functioning member of the European audiovisual sector,“ the director of MEDIA Desk Slovakia writes in Report on the Slovak audiovisual situation in 2009.
"Even though it is a common statement that Greeks are primary responsible for their problems due to irresponsible managing of their finances, especially excessive expenditures, it is just part of the truth," writes Ilona Švihlíková. "Detached problem is the development of the euro, which is recording great volatility against dollar.
The Business Alliance of Slovakia in cooperation with American Chamber of Commerce in Slovak Republic prepared Wish list 2010 of initiatives that should lead to improving business environment in Slovakia.
The CAP isn’t going away anytime soon. Farmers command a strong power base and last year’s dairy crisis showed how most national governments are still prepared to bail out their farmers when prices crash.
According to macroeconomic analysis SWOT of bordering region of Hungary and Slovakia the opportunities for SMEs in the region is macroeconomic environment, which enables development, globalization of economy, EU financial tools for SMEs, EU internal market and EU legislation, especially Small Business Act.
Bilateral issues are creating tension ahead of a crucial meeting today (7 December) of EU foreign affairs ministers, MEP Eduard Kukan, who has been Slovakia's foreign minister for over eight years, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
"It seems that the strategic interests of most EU countries versus Russia are actually similar," write Adam Balcer, Adam Jasser and Paweł Świeboda of the Polish foundation "Demos EUROPA" in a November paper analyzing the task facing new EU High Representative Catherine Ashton in winning the confidence of Europe´s citizens.
Miroslav Mikolašik, MEP and doctor, elaborates on current health policy challenges in Europe.
Chairmen of citizens´ initiative on raising awareness of risk related to vaccination speaks on the motion to change Slovak legislation on the compulsory vaccination.
Despite until recently being of no political 'colour', Slovakia's newly-appointed EU commissioner, Maroš Šefčovič, will represent the social democratic political family in the EU executive, he told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Global economic crisis found Slovakia in the first year of the decline of the economic cycle, so it means that Slovak economic growth would have slowed-down anyway, says economic analyst Pavol Kárász.
The position of Roma minority in Slovakia had a big influence on its accession process to the EU and European Commission warned several times on lack of respect for human rights in the country. Authors of analysis „The answer is in Slovakia, not in Brussels“ (EU and Roma integration in Slovakia) look at the issue from the other side and focus on impact of Slovak membership in EU on its minority policy and offer several recommendations.
He was holding an almost unlimited power, but he wanted local people learn to solve their problems independently. The country is today back in the game for the European future, but the visas make citizens depressed. Miroslav Lajčák, former High representative of intentional community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Analysis investigates how could the Western Balkan countries (especially Serbia) contribute to increased competitiveness and viability of the EU from economic, social and civilization point of view.
Slovakia should return the deficit to below the Maastricht ceiling by 2011. International Monetary Fund says the expenditure rationalization could be achieved through a combination of revenue-raising tax policy measures and some additional expenditure cuts.
A war between Russia and Ukraine “could happen in the very near future, and certainly no later than 2017, when the Russian Black Sea Fleet is set to leave Sebastopol, as the lease agreement with Ukraine to use this ‘city of Russian military glory’ expires,” writes George Bovt, a Moscow-based political commentator, in an August paper published by the EU-Russia Centre think-tank.
“EU energy policy towards Russia damages security of supply because it neglects the specific aims and propensities of Russia and Gazprom,” argues Evart Faber van der Meulen, Coordinator of EU Studies at Leiden University, in a recently published paper.
Energy, trade, investment and security will be at the heart of EU-Russia partnership negotiations, Andrei V. Zagorski told EurActiv Slovakia in an interview. The Russian expert predicts that negotiations will be difficult as the EU-Russia relationship is "not going through the best time". But the Russian academic is hopeful that agreement can be struck, citing substantial "mutual interests".