In 2004, the Central European and Baltic countries joined the European Union as new members. The Prague office seeks to strengthen liberal forces, both political and intellectual, in the region. Our project office particularly supports the 4liberty.eu network, which serves as a centre of competence and a platform for dialogue.
New Legislation in Hungary Bans LGBT+ Related Content in Schools and TV
On Tuesday, the 15th of June, the Hungarian parliament passed a new law to protect children from pedophilia. However, said law also bans LGBT+ related content for minors in schools, advertisement and TV. This renewed attack against the LGBT+ community causes national and international outrage – thousands went to the streets in Budapest last Monday to protest against the draft bill of the Fidesz party, which associates homosexuality and gender change with pedophilia.
"We will not tolerate the dismantling of the rule of law and the oppression of the LGBTIQ community in Hungary"
Viktor Orban's new legislative package equates homosexuality with paedophilia. For next year's elections, Orban's government needed another bogeyman against which it could mobilise populistically. But sexual identity is protected in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The European Commission must immediately initiate infringement proceedings against Hungary, demands Moritz Körner in an interview.
Infosecurity.sk: Bi-Weekly Report on Emerging Disinformation Trends (June 17, 2021)
Disinformation concerning vaccination of minors and advertising revenues of disinformation websites. Those are the topics of the new bi-weekly report by STRATPOL – Strategic Policy Institute and Slovak Security Policy Institute. The report is part of Infosecurity,sk project monitoring activities of both Slovak and foreign disinformation actors, but focusing mainly on the former.
National Law Over EU Law? The Legal Dispute Between Poland and the EU Is Dragging On
Today, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal was to hear the question of whether the Disciplinary Chamber of Poland's Supreme Court can continue to operate despite an interim measure from the European Court of Justice. The hearing was originally expected in April, and has now been postponed for the third time. A ruling against the ECJ would mean undermining the functioning of the EU legal system.
From Poland With Love - May
From Czech - Polish dispute concerning Turów mining complex over the election of a new Polish Ombudsman to President Duda´s visit in Turkey: In his monthly newsletter, our guest contributor Dr. Milosz Hodún gives us regular updates about all current developments you need to know about Poland.
Estonian Corporate Tax Regime: Model for Lithuania?
Lithuanian Free Market Institute introduced a corporate income tax (CIT) reform plan for adopting the Estonian business tax model that exempts retained and reinvested profits and taxes only distributed profits. LFMI's proposed tax reform plan resulted in a major shift in public opinion and public policy discourse towards the Estonian business tax model and is now being debated by an official task force launched by the Lithuanian Ministry of Finance.
The State of the Media in the Visegrád Countries
Published by the Budapest-based think tank Republikon Institute, The State of the Media in the Visegrád Countries provides a detailed insight into the media’s status in Central Europe. Authors Gábor Horn, Błażej Lenkowski, Šárka Prát, and Géza Tokár address the current health and challenges of the media system in the V4.