Ivo Šlosarčík is a lecturer of European and international law at Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles Univesity, and New York University in Prague. He is an expert on legal issues of European integration, judicial and police cooperation in the EU, and Czech reform of civil service and judiciary. He participated in the seminar on the ways how to influence European legislation in the new legislative framework after the Lisbon Treaty organised by the Institute for European Policy Europeum.
Three central bankers from CEE region gathered to discuss „pros and cons“ of common European currency. While governor of the Czech National Bank Zdeněk Tůma argued that it is not clear whether euro lead to „real convergency“ on the European level, his Slovak and Austrian counterparts highlighted the benefits of eurozone accession for their countries. The conference was organized by Europeum Institute for European Policy and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
Foreign Ministers of the Eastern Partnership countries gathered in Budapest, Hungary on the 2nd March, to discuss their ideas on how to give more content to the Eastern dimension of the EU’s neighbourhood policy. Péter Balázs, then foreign minister of Hungary invited his colleagues from the six affected countries –Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine- plus the commissioner for enlargement, Stefan Füle and a representative of the Swedish government, as in 2008, it was the northern member state who initiated (together with Poland) to tighten the relations with the EU’s Eastern neighbors.
"In the field of economy, countries have mishandled many things in the past 20 years" that followed after the fall of the Berlin wall, says professor Michael Landesmann, who spoke on the conference "Two decades after" organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
The conference on Innovation policy and Technology transfer organized by AmCham Slovakia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Office of the Government dealt with the causes and possible solutions of the problems that bother the research and scientific community in Slovakia.
Experts of the European Union shared their views about differences and divides between new and old member states at the Central European University in Hungary. The speakers at the conference ‘Inclusion completed, adaptation successful?’ agreed that the newcomers are not fully equal to the old member states. At the event, co-organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) experts and politicians said, there are obstacles to achieve full member status.
Prof. Timothy Haughton is a British academic with a particular interest in Czech and Slovak Republics, party politics in Central and Eastern Europe and the interaction between domestic and European sources of political change. In Bratislava he gave a lecture on national preference formation of new EU member states.
The main topics of public discussion “Slovakia and economic crisis: Future is not what it used to be” were anti-crisis measures, their implementation and impact on enterprises, employment and growth. The event was organized by web portal EurActiv.sk, NGO AKO and American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia with financial support from Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Slovakia.