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EU Commissioner Johansson criticizes Frontex boss

EU Commissioner Johansson criticizes Frontex boss

Frontex boss Leggeri faces accusations on multiple fronts but his organization plays down criticism. Tomáš Zdechovský, a Czech MEP from the EPP group, said OLAF and Parliament were now undertaking “detailed scrutiny of the work of director Leggeri” but praised the agency chief’s response, which he contrasted with the work of the home affairs commissioner.

Okamura ordered to apologise for migrant-related comments on MEPs

Okamura ordered to apologise for migrant-related comments on MEPs

Tomio Okamura, the opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) leader and a deputy head of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, has to apologise to MEP Tomas Zdechovsky and former MEP Pavel Svoboda for making untrue migrant-related comments on them, a Prague district court has ruled. Okamura should apologise to Zdechovsky and Svoboda (both Czech Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) in public for having said that they had voted in the EP for the EU to impose sanctions on the Czech Republic over its refusal to take in migrants. The ruling is not binding. Okamura insists that his statement was true and he is going to appeal the verdict.

Are ’low polluting’ hybrid cars really that environment-friendly?

Are ’low polluting’ hybrid cars really that environment-friendly?

Despite the hype from members state governments, electric cars are not that great for the environment, writes MEP Tomáš Zdechovský for Brussels Morning.

EPP Group calls for new mechanism to report fraud on agriculture subsidies

EPP Group calls for new mechanism to report fraud on agriculture subsidies

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) investigation into fraud in EU agricultural payments in Slovakia confirms the need for a direct EU oversight over land grabbing and the misconduct of national authorities. Tomáš Zdechovský MEP, the EPP Group's Spokesman in Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee, said: “If national authorities do not act, the EU must. The conclusion of the OLAF investigation initiated by the EPP Group shows how the system of allocating EU agricultural funds worked during the Slovak Socialist governments in the past. The state was complicit with fraudsters receiving direct payments on land other than agricultural land or even illegally-obtained land. There must be no more such cases of injustice for those who really have the right to EU help.”

The 'always on' culture has to have limits

The 'always on' culture has to have limits

"The COVID-19 health crisis has forced employees all over Europe into working from home. While it is positive that the new digital tools allow working from a distance, too often it goes hand-in-hand with the expectation to always be connected and reachable, far more than working time regulations ask for", stated Tomáš Zdechovský MEP, EPP Group lead negotiator on the Report entitled 'The right to disconnect', which will be debated by Members of the European Parliament this afternoon.

Czech politicians across the spectrum welcome EU–UK post-Brexit trade deal

Czech politicians across the spectrum welcome EU–UK post-Brexit trade deal

Full details of the Christmas Eve deal are not yet clear, but politicians say it will benefit Czech businesses. Member of European Parliament Tomáš Zdechovský (KDU-ČSL), said the deal was important both for business and citizens. It guarantees most rights and chances to live, work and study to the citizens in Britain like before Brexit, he added.

Bahrain: a valuable partner for Europe

Bahrain: a valuable partner for Europe

The Gulf state has undergone major economic and social changes in recent years and can be a strategic partner for Europe in the region, writes Tomáš Zdechovský for EP Magazine.

EU-Maldives: real partners

EU-Maldives: real partners

We must avoid being introspective on the impact of COVID-19 and instead consider the plight of nations whose economies have been particularly impacted, such as the Maldives, writes Tomáš Zdechovský for EP Magazine.

Babis 'definitely' has conflict of interest – EC report

Babis 'definitely' has conflict of interest – EC report

According to the European Commission, the Czech Prime Minister should step down, or it will cost the country millions. Several MEPs including EPP CONT coordinator Tomas Zdechovsky said yesterday that the conclusions of a European Commission report confirm Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis's indeed has a conflict of interest, EC representatives told EP committee members yesterday.

MEPs appeal to High Representative Joseph Borell in support of the Kingdom of Morocco

MEPs appeal to High Representative Joseph Borell in support of the Kingdom of Morocco

A number of influential members of the European Parliament, representing the major political groups, including MEP Tomáš Zdechovský, have appealed to the High Representative, Joseph Borell, in support of the Kingdom of Morocco in its efforts to guarantee the free passage of goods and people in the demilitarised zone of Guerguerat, writes Gary Cartwright.

The EU must not let Bangladesh’s workers down

The EU must not let Bangladesh’s workers down

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world economy hard. In many countries, the second wave has arrived causing new restrictions. While the EU has a recovery plan, other countries had to mobilize resources to the extent possible for the recovery of their much smaller economies. In particular, governments in young democracies in the developing world have only limited or no access to the capital market, which does not allow for borrowing sufficient money to set up large-scale, permanent rescue programs for their citizens. As a result, lives of millions are impacted. Bangladesh is one of these countries.

Campaigning for a European Year for Mental Health

Campaigning for a European Year for Mental Health

Brussels - In a meeting of the MEP Alliance for Mental Health, held today, representatives of mental health-related organisations and MEPs including Tomas Zdechovský underlined the need and voiced their support for a dedicated European Year for Mental Health, to be instigated in the short term.

POLITICO Brussels Playbook: Whistleblower saga

POLITICO Brussels Playbook: Whistleblower saga

MEPs on the budgetary control committee on Tuesday urged the EU’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) to finally engage at the highest level to settle the 20-year-old case of Robert McCoy, a former internal auditor who told Parliament he has been severely harassed after he blew the whistle on “fraud and embezzlement” at the EU body (backstory from 2015 here). “When I look at this case, it reminds me of the American film ‘Groundhog Day’ where the protagonist becomes trapped in a time loop,” said Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský from the EPP, alluding to a years-long legal and institutional battle that followed McCoy’s accusations and never led to closure on the case.

The EU’s €140M ‘zombie committee’ faces pressure to reform

The EU’s €140M ‘zombie committee’ faces pressure to reform

It costs upwards of €140 million a year to run, produces views on EU laws that few policymakers actually read, and has failed to deal with claims of “psychological harassment” by one of its senior members. “Very few lawmakers are reading the opinions of this committee. The impact is close to zero,” said Tomáš Zdechovský, a European People’s Party MEP. “It’s a zombie committee that lost its purpose but still lives on.”

Czech centre-right parties form alliance to defeat Babiš

Czech centre-right parties form alliance to defeat Babiš

Three centre-right Czech parties haven signed a memorandum on forming an alliance for the next year’s general elections. The aim of Civic Democrats (ECR), Christian Democrats (EPP) and TOP 09 (EPP) is to defeat the ruling ANO party (Renew) of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

Call for a FoRB Special Envoy

Call for a FoRB Special Envoy

On 14 October 2020, forty-six Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) including Tomas Zdechovsky, wrote a letter to the President and Vice President of the European Commission requesting the appointment of the Special Envoy for the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union.

EU must not let Bangladesh’s workers down

EU must not let Bangladesh’s workers down

The EU has shaped the future of Bangladesh by the opening of its markets. Now it is time for the Union to make sure that companies operating on these markets play by the rules.

Poland and Commission clash over official accused of harassment at EU body

Poland and Commission clash over official accused of harassment at EU body

Controversy comes as the European Parliament is set to reject financial approval for the EESC. Zdechovský, who is leading the parliament's budget oversight for the EESC, said the EU body had done too little to help the victims of alleged misconduct and adopt measures that would allow it to sanction EESC members in the future. "Why haven't victims of the incident been offered help so that they could resume their work in their previous units or positions? Why hasn't even a scandal of such a magnitude speeded up a lengthy reform of the code of conduct for members?" he asked, adding: "Unfortunately, still too many statements of the EESC's secretariat and presidency only stay on the paper."