After European funds dry out, will China bring ‘better’ tomorrows?

By |2018-05-03T00:00:11+00:001. 5. 2018|Categories: Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia|

Taking EU funds away from Central European member states will reinforce Chinese influence in the region.

The proposed EU budget for 2021-2027 will include changes in how EU funds are divided. This will most likely benefit southern member states at the expense of the Central European ones. In the ever ongoing debate about what good the EU is to Central Europe, many count the access to funding as the most convincing argument. However, as soon as the funding starts to dry out, the Central European countries will turn elsewhere for money – and China will answer their call.

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About the Author:

Matej Šimalčík is a reseach fellow at Institute of Asian Studies in Bratislava, Slovakia, with background in law and international relations with focus on East Asia. He also works as an analyst and legal counsel at the Slovak branch of Transparency International, where he deals with transparency of judicial systems and anti-corruption tools.