Project: EU Perspectives on Democratic Security in V4

Debates, analysis and media network in partnership with the European Parliament

28 June 2021

A joint effort from media partners across the region to enhance the visibility and communicative performance of key voices in the EU Parliament focused on the Visegrad Region.

Visegrad Insight and the Res Publica Foundation together with a Central European media consortium: Res Publica Nowa, Onet.pl, DennikN.sk, Denik.cz and Telex.hu run a joint project engaging public debate and members of the EU Parliament on the topic of democratic security.

The collective programme aims to increase public awareness among the Visegrad Group countries on the roles and democratic values of the EU in the light of the priorities and activities of the European Parliament and its elected members.

EU Focus

In order to foster this transnational debate on EU issues, our network of large scale media across the region curates content that is available in all Central European languages.

The core focus of the project is to offer solid journalism and open discussion in response to the deteriorating state of public debate and to counteract the lack of information sovereignty, limited trust in democratic institutions and political polarisation undermining support for democratic values in the region.

The project also aims to bring together EU representatives (MEPs), journalists and a new generation of civil society as well as facilitate networking opportunities for civil society leaders, accomplished journalists and researchers with MEPs and European Parliament representatives through common activities, interviews, debates (public and online) and podcasts in order to empower the dissemination of information.

We will contribute to the most pressing deliberations in Brussels, for example on the reverberations of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Green Deal, energy security, equality and solidarity, the MFF and the Rule of Law to facilitate public engagement and informed decisions.

The key objectives of the project  include:

  • Supporting and boosting European priorities and values;
  • Increasing awareness and information about European affairs and the work of MEPs in Central Europe
  • Assuring regular supply of reliable, pluralistic and multifarious information on the European Union
  • Amplifying and promoting a wide public debate on matters of import to the EU
  • Engaging the voices of opinion leaders and EU representatives who stand up for common European values and viewpoints;
  • Amplifying regional and in-country dialogue about key topics of European debates via a network building of authors and contributors in CE.

Articles:

  • Tóda, Mirek, 13.7.2021, Attacks on the Free Press. Published in English on Visegrad Insight and in Slovak on Denník N.
  • Palata, Luboš, 2.7.2021, Eye of the Beholder. Published in English on Visegrad Insight, in Czech on Denik.cz., in Polish on Onet.
  • Strzelecki, Mark, 28.6.2021, Hungary’s Hazy RRF Plans. Published in English on Visegrad Insight.
  • Strzelecki, Marek, 22.6.2021, The Cognitive Dissonance of Poland’s Green Agenda. Published in English on Visegrad Insight.
  • Strzelecki, Marek, 18.6.2021, Will Czechia Realise Its Potential with the Green Transition? Published in English on Visegrad Insight.
  • Strzelecki, Marek, 15.6.2021, Slovakia’s Green Lead. Published in English on Visegrad Insight.
  • Strzelecki, Marek, 15.6.2021, Visegrad Four on a Bumpy Road to Clean Recovery Targets. Published in English on Visegrad Insight.
  • Biró, Marianna, 10.6.2021, We Need EU Money, but Only If We Can Spend It the Way We Want. Published in English on Visegrad Insight, a Hungarian version of this article is available at Telex, and Polish versions on Res Publica Nowa and Onet.
  • Przybylski, Wojciech, 31.5.2021, The Conference on the Future May Divide Europe. Published in English on Visegrad Insight.
  • Rafalska, Dominika , 17.5.2021, The Unseen Experience of Physical and Sexual Violence in Central Europe. Published in English on Visegrad Insight, Polish versions are available on Res Publica Nowa and Onet.
  • Tóda, Mirek, 10.5.2021, What Went Wrong in Prague? Only Five Countries Expelled Russian Spies after Vrbětice. Published in English on Visegrad Insight, a Slovak version of this article is available at Denník N, Polish versions are available on Res Publica Nowa and Onet.
  • Palata, Luboš, 29.4.2021, Clear EU Verdict – Babiš Is Not Allowed to Receive Subsidies. Published in English on Visegrad Insight, a Czech version of this article is available at Deník, and Polish versions are available on Res Publica Nowa and Onet.
  • Tóda, Mirek, 26.4.2021, Confucius Institute Threatens Critics of China. Published in English on Visegrad Insight, a Slovak version of this article is available at Denník N, and Polish versions are available on Res Publica Nowa and Onet.
  • Jakubowska, Magda, 21.4.2021, Working towards a Union of Equality. Published in English on Visegrad Insight, Polish versions are available on Res Publica Nowa and Onet.
  • Biró, Marianna, 8.4.2021, Tamás Deutsch: Some Hope Orbán Will Live Forever But Even He May Not Succeed. Published in English on Visegrad Insight here, and the original Hungarian version of this article is available at Telex, as well as a Polish version on Res Publica Nowa.
  • Przybylski, Wojciech, 11.3.2021, The EU Has Competences to Deal with Media Freedom: An Interview with Michal Šimečka MEP. Published in English on Visegrad Insight and a Polish version of this article is available at Onet.

Debates:

  • 16.3.2021, Public online discussion on Freedom of Media in CE, with MEPs: Michal Simecka, Anna Donath and Sergey Lagodinsky.
  • 22.4.2021, Public online discussion on EU-US relations after 100 days of Biden’s administration, with MEPs: Radek Sikorski, Katalin Cseh and Vladimir Bilcik.

Podcasts:

  • 11.3.2021 With judicial cooperation in the European Union on the verge of a breakdown because of continuing doubts about Poland’s judicial system and a recent government-led takeover of local and regional media, many are expecting the European institutions to step in and put a stop to democratic backsliding and threats to the rule of law. Whether it is the European Court of Justice or the European Parliament, what means are available to bring a country back in line? We discuss a recent analysis by Visegrad Insight Fellow Jaras Gwizdak concerning the European Arrest Warrant and highlights from our last monthly foresight. Slovak MEP Michal Šimečka joins us to discuss the LIBE committee agenda and what the European Parliament is planning to do about media freedom. Listen here.

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