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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.

Senior Fellow and Former Executive Director Petr Pelz Departs PSSI.

19.01.2018

In the course of his distinguished career, Ambassador Pelz served as a Secretary of the National Intelligence Committee, Chief of the Military Intelligence Service and Director of Defence Intelligence of the Czech Republic. He was also ... more »

PSSI publishes a new study comparing the Czech and Polish approaches to China

31.12.2017

The study titled "Comparing the Czech-Polish Approach to China: Assessing Both Challenges and Opportunities from the Security-Minded Perspective" was prepared in collaboration with our Polish partners from the Centre for International Relations ... more »

PSSI Contributes to Mitchell Institute’s Policy Paper on Major Space Policy Issues

05.12.2017

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, contributed to a study entitled “Major Policy Issues in Evolving Global Space Operations” that was released during a panel discussion hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace ... more »

PSSI's new publication "United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Kremlin's Leverage in the Visegrad Countries" is now available!

28.11.2017

"United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Kremlin's Leverage in the Visegrad Countries" maps out Kremlin’s regional ploys and compares the different approaches Russia uses for the Central European countries. Executive summaries also ... more »

'Harsh Expectations Versus a Modest Reality' - the final publication of the project "Economic Relations Between the Visegrad Countries and Russia: Before and After Ukraine" is now available.

06.11.2017

The Russian annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the war in Eastern Ukraine represented a major shift in relations with Russia for the Visegrad countries. The tensions between Russia and the West had a significant impact on mutual economic ties ... more »

PSSI and Charles University to hold three public lectures on space security

22.10.2017

PSSI and Charles University’s Institute of Political Studies, in collaboration with the American Center, are organizing a series of three public lectures on the topic of space security. On November 8, an international law expert and Czech diplomat ... more »