Jourová, Špidla in favour of Czech Republic being among core EU states

The Euro commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová and Vladimír Špidla, former prime minister and aide to current Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, have stressed the need for the Czech Republic to aim for integration within the core of the European Union. Both were scheduled on Friday to speak at a conference at Prague’s Charles University. Mr Špidla, who was prime minister in 2004 when the Czech Republic joined, said that without integration the EU would not be able to survive as an entity capable of influencing globalization. Mrs Jourová expressed the view that the Czech Republic would most benefit if it were a part of the ‘faster-speed Europe’ when it came to economic and security issues.