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 Czech MEPs welcome European Commission lawsuit against Austria over different allowances for non-expatriate children of EU workers

Czech MEPs welcome European Commission lawsuit against Austria over different allowances for non-expatriate children of EU workers

The European Commission (EC) has sued Austria at the European Court of Justice over the so-called indexation of allowances for the children of foreign nationals working there. A spokesperson for the EC announced the news and said the measures are discriminatory and contravene EU law. Czech workers are among those complaining of disadvantage when Austria disburses different allowances to them for their children who remain in the Czech Republic while their parents work in Austria. Czech MEPs welcomed the lawsuit and have been among those who convinced the EU executive to react vigorously to the measures.

Will we continue working from home after lockdown?

Will we continue working from home after lockdown?

In 2018, roughly 5% of working-age people in the EU regularly worked from home. "In my opinion, remote working can help us in the future to tackle climate change and encourage us to better integrate new technologies into our workplaces," says to this topic MEP Tomas Zdechovsky.

EU top court clashes with Parliament over use of chauffeurs

EU top court clashes with Parliament over use of chauffeurs

The EU’s highest court has been accused of raising “ethical risks” by allowing judges to use taxpayer-funded chauffeurs for personal trips, and of failing to engage with the European Parliament over its concerns.

We will not allow Russia or China to attack Czech people. We are united like never before.

We will not allow Russia or China to attack Czech people. We are united like never before.

Tomáš Zdechovský, MEP: We will not allow Russia or China to attack Czech people. We are united like never before.

Time to act on mental health

Time to act on mental health

The urgent need for an EU Mental Health Strategy: now is the time for the Commission to act! Mental ill health affects more than one in six people across the European Union in any given year, with a total cost of over EUR 600 billion – or more than 4% of GDP – across the 28 EU countries (source: Health at a Glance, 2018).

EU will strengthen its efforts to combat subsidy fraud and oligarchs' practices

EU will strengthen its efforts to combat subsidy fraud and oligarchs' practices

Three issues stood out in the current discharge report: Criminals benefitting from EU farm subsidies in Italy and Slovakia, transparency with NGOs, and conflicts of interest in Czech republic. The report calls on the Commission to: 1. fight any form of conflict of interest and oligarchic structures; 2. table a proposal dealing with land-grabbing malpractices; 3. publish a list of the biggest beneficiaries of EU agricultural payments; 4. ensure that the delivery of external aid is subject to the rule of law; 5. ensure the transparency and accountability of NGO’s.

MEPs: Czech PM Babis can't be in budget talks

MEPs: Czech PM Babis can't be in budget talks

Czech prime minister Andrej Babis should not take part in the negotiations on the next seven-year EU budget because of his potential conflict of interests and possible misuse of EU funds, MEPs said Wednesday (7 May).

Complaint towards European Commission regarding Ammunition Regulation

Complaint towards European Commission regarding Ammunition Regulation

MEP Tomas Zdechovsky, member of the European Parliament sent official complaint to Mr. Virginijus Sinkevicius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, and to Mr. Thierry BRETON, EU Commissioner for Internal Market regarding EC’s procedure of adopting proposal of regulation on the use of lead in ammunition. Zdechovský is deeply concerned that the principles of good governance, in particular transparency and impartiality, which are the cornerstone of the functioning of the European Commission, are not sufficiently taken into account in the process.

The Chinese regime tried to block a European Union report

The Chinese regime tried to block a European Union report

Europe reports that the EU bowed to pressure from Beijing and diluted a document about Chinese disinformation over the virus. In a letter addressed to the EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, 57 members of Parliament asked for a "formal explanation" on what happened. Member of Parliament Tomáš Zdechovský is one of them. "It's totally unacceptable. This is not possible to accept China's influence on EU politics."

Czech PM must resign if conflict of interest is confirmed, say MEPs

Czech PM must resign if conflict of interest is confirmed, say MEPs

Leaked report from stormy visit to Prague tells Andrej Babiš to stamp out ‘oligarchies’.

Ministry of health Paid CZK 1.2B To Shell Company For Face Masks

Ministry of health Paid CZK 1.2B To Shell Company For Face Masks

Opposition parties are calling on Health Minister Adam Vojtech to explain how multiple contracts for medical supplies were awarded to shell companies with little or no revenue. La Factory won a CZK 1.2 billion contract for face masks from the Ministry of Health (MOH). Despite being inactive, with no sales, no employees, and assets of only CZK 99,000.

Foreign Minister of Maldives thanked to MEP Tomáš Zdechovský

Foreign Minister of Maldives thanked to MEP Tomáš Zdechovský

On an official visit, Tomáš Zdechovský, MEP (EPP) met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid who appreciated Zdechovský’s help in democratic transition of Maldives and the decisive support from Zdechovský to the opposition’s fight with the previous authoritarian regime.

Everything you wanted to know about Norwegian CPS Barnevernet and you were afraid to ask

Everything you wanted to know about Norwegian CPS Barnevernet and you were afraid to ask

The children of the state, a documentary about Barnevernet by Czech television, gives the public response to virtually everything you needed to know about Barnevernet and you were afraid to ask. The director Ivana Pauerova-Miloševič does not press on the viewer, she tries to keep her distance, and draws attention also to comparable failures in the Czech child protection service (CPS), especially the excessive use of institutional care for toddlers. But she leaves no doubt that there is something wrong with the Norwegian system and it would be a mistake to overlook these problems.

Hong Kong protesters bring their voices to Brussels

Hong Kong protesters bring their voices to Brussels

A delegation of the leadership of protesters in Hong Kong are pressuring European leaders for support in Brussels.

How does EU respond to the coronavirus crisis?

How does EU respond to the coronavirus crisis?

Many people are asking, how does EU help us during #covid19 pandemic. Therefore we are offering a review of taken measures. Find more about: - Public health measures - Border and travel measures - Socio-economic measures