The mission of the Institute is to cultivate the Czech political and public sphere through professional and open discussion. We aim to create a living platform which defines problems, analyzes them, and offers recipes for their solution in the form of cooperation with experts, politicians, international conferences, seminars, public discussions, and political and social analysis available to the whole of Czech society. We believe that open discussion with experts and the recognition of the causes of problems is a necessary presumption for any successful solution to the political and social problems facing society today.
Business breakfast with the Minister of the Environment Richard Brabec
Business breakfast on the topic “Development of Czech Transport Infrastructure”
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New progressive green policy in Europe
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Climate Change vs. The Trump Administrations
The science has been clear for decades now. Catastrophic fires, hurricanes, heat and cold waves decimating food and water supplies indicate that change needs to come desperately soon for Earth’s environment to survive. While the Paris climate accords have been criticized as not making a drastic enough change, it still represents the newest major agreement and acknowledgement from global leaders that climate change poses a threat to us all; and we are responsible for taking the necessary steps to correct our behavior. However, many scientists looking even further forward say that it is still not enough. Politicians need to double or triple their Paris pledges if there is to be hope of a habitable Earth by the end of the century.
European Commission 2019–2024
On 10 September 2019, von der Leyen introduced the design structure of the body and the distribution of the portfolios to 27 Commissioners. The European Commission for the five-year period 2019-2024 has 27 members, consisting of one President (Ursula von der Leyen), three Executive Vice-Presidents (Frans Timmermans, Margrethe Vestager, Valdis Dombrovskis), five other Vice-Presidents including the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (Josep Borrel), and 18 other Commissioners. Thanks to coordination between von der Leyen and the Member States she delivered a gender-balanced College made up of 13 women and 14 men.
Czech Republic, A Country of Small Internet Providers
The Czech Republic is currently facing a problem in the area of fixed internet connection that is unprecedented the EU. Approximately half of the households are connected by hundreds of smaller regional operators, which results from statistics of the Czech Telecommunication Office. At the same time, regional and local companies are mostly operating modern optical technology (FTTH / B connections, i.e. fibre optic cables for home or apartment), although wireless technology remains the most important technology in the Czech Republic. The share of the former monopolists, SPT Telecom, then Český Telecom, then Telefonica O2 and today CETIN and its wholesale partners gradually fell to approximately a quarter of all connections. The rest is attributed to UPC and fixed internet service via LTE mobile network, offered by three mobile operators.