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PSSI security scholars welcomed Jan Král, Head of European Policies Coordination Department of the Government of the Czech Republic

10.11.2016

On November 8, RMSSP students welcomed Jan Král, Head of European Policies Coordination Department of the Government of the Czech Republic, who has served in this office for more than 6 years. Within this role, he had to solve a wide range of difficult situations, but always had a single priority – to maintain a united voice of the Czech Republic in the European Union.

The discussion began with an explanation of the department's duties, mainly the formulation, coordination and carrying out of Czech Republic policy in EU relations, ensuring the rights and commitments stemming from the Czech Republic's membership in the EU and laying the groundwork for the activity of the Committee for the EU. Besides, the department is involved in preparing positions and instructions for negotiations within EU bodies.

Mr. Král noted that the question of negotiating Brexit was tackled at an early stage. Yet there is officially no agreement on which EU body takes responsibility for this matter. Broadly speaking it is expected to be the European Council because it is hardly imaginable that national governments would pass their rights in this unprecedented situation to the supranational Commission.

It has been also highlighted that lobbying in the EU structures is very effective tool, but the Czech Republic has to learn how to use it more effectively. While communication with the members of the European Parliament does work, the effect is not very visible due to the competencies of the Parliament. Reaching to the European Commissioners might appear to be much more difficult, but still an effective venue to push through the Czech Republic's interests.

PSSI launches a project on identification of instruments for the protection of the Czech Republic from the non-standard economic behavior of the Russian Federation

24.05.2017

The use of economic and financial instruments to achieve political goals is an important element of the foreign, defense and development policies of each state. The way in which this power is exercised externally or how it treats foreign investors, almost ... more »

PSSI Contributes to 2017 Space Security Index Working Group Meeting

03.05.2017

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, contributed to the 14th annual Space Security Index Working Group meeting hosted by McGill University in Montreal on May 2-3, 2017. The Space Security Index, a report seeking to assess ... more »

A third PSSI's roundtable on Russia’s influence activities in Warsaw

28.04.2017

PSSI, Centrum Polsko-Rosyjskiego Dialogu i Porozumienia and Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych co-organized a third closed-door roundtable, in Warsaw, that presented the progress made in two ongoing projects – “The ... more »

RMSSP students met with George Firth, a security expert and a former member of the British 22 SAS Regiment

26.04.2017

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, RMSSP students met with George Firth, a former member of the British 22 SAS Regiment. Mr. Firth has an extensive military and counterterrorism portfolio and delivered a lecture on Hostile Environment Awareness Training ... more »

Call for Applications: NATO Summer School 2017

12.04.2017

NATO SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 13th Annual PSSI Summer School, in cooperation with NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. “NATO in the Age of Hybrid Warfare“ July 9-15, 2017 (Měřín, ... more »

PSSI held a second roundtable on Russia’s influence activities in Budapest

06.04.2017

On April 5, PSSI and CEID co-organized a closed-door roundtable that presented preliminary findings from two ongoing projects – “The Development of Economic Relations Between V4 and Russia: Before and After Ukraine” and “Raising ... more »