The recently appointed Czech minister of industry and trade, Karel
Havlíček, is in favour of lifting European Union sanctions against
Russia, Hospodářské noviny reported on Monday. Mr. Havlíček, who is an
ANO appointee, said at a recent meeting with the Russian ambassador to
Prague that the sanctions were harming the Czech Republic and ought to be
removed, the newspaper said, citing sources at the ministries of industry
and trade and foreign affairs.
The EU introduced the penalties in 2014 following Russian aggression toward Ukraine.
The minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, and the minister of finance, Alena Schillerová, told Hospodářské noviny that the Prague government continued to support them.
If the Czech Republic issues a tender to build a new nuclear power source,
Rosatom will send a proposal, the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade
Denis Manturov told journalists after a bilateral intergovernmental
commission on Wednesday.
His Czech counterpart Marta Nováková (ANO) said one tender conditions would be that the third nuclear power source remain fully under the administration of the Czech Republic once finished.
The intergovernmental commission also discussed mutual cooperation in supporting small- and medium-sized businesses, mutual exports into third-countries and cooperation within the aircraft industry.
Czech companies signed contracts to the tune of 19 billion crowns in Moscow
on Wednesday. The Czech tractor maker Zetor signed a deal with Russian
company KEMZ, which should bring it around 14 billion crowns within the
next four years.
The contracts were signed at the Czech Russian Business Forum in the presence of Czech president Miloš Zeman.
According to Eva Veličková, the spokeswoman of the Confederation of Industry and Transport, more agreements are expected to be signed at another business forum in Yekaterinburg on Friday.
Czech president Miloš Zeman is in Russia on a five-day official state visit, taking in Sochi, Moscow and Yekaterinburg. He is accompanied by a 130-strong delegation of representing Czech businesses hoping to sign energy and transportation-related contracts worth 20 billion crowns. The visit has fuelled further criticism that the president is charting a separate “pro-Russian” foreign policy at odds with the official position of the Czech government. Dr. Mark Galeotti is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague. I began
Special veterinary conditions have been imposed on the whole of the Zlín district after more cases of African swine fever. The special zone previously applied to a restricted area surrounding the site where the fever was confirmed in the first two cases two weeks ago. Four cases of the fever, which is not harmful to man, have been confirmed with 17 animals having died. In response, Russia widened an existing pan on pork imports from the Czech Republic to smoked and canned meat.
Czech minister of industry Jiří Havlíček begins Monday a two-day working trip to Moscow at the hed of a 20-strong business delegation. The main focus of the trip will be a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Denis Manturov. A meeting of the regular committee for Czech economic, industrial, and technology cooperation will also take place.
An aircraft factory in the Moravian town of Kunovice is to remain in the Czech Republic. There had been fears that it would be moved to Russia but after talks with its Russian owners on Monday morning, the Czech minister of industry announced that the plant – and 200 jobs – would not be going anywhere.
Czech exports to Russia have continued to fall in 2016. According to figures released by the Czech Statistics Office on Tuesday, exports to Russia fell by 12 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year. This follows a year-on-year fall in the volume of Czech exports to Russia dropped of nearly a third in 2015.