Coalition parties at odds over another tax hike. The railway trade unions are planning a strike in protest at mass redundancies. Stock brokers from the European Union are becoming interested in membership of the Prague Stock Exchange. Czech truck production decreased in 2003. The tractor maker Zetor is on the verge of bankruptcy. OKD mulls acquisition of Polish competitors. Czech travel agents report record sales for 2003. Number of importers from China may go out of business for failing to apply in time for a licence. Russian industrial group
Two Czech ministries have locked horns over the issue of energy production. The Trade and Industry Ministry and the Environment Ministry have both drawn up strategic energy plans but their two visions of the future could hardly be further apart. As Zuzana Vesela reports, the Government faces a tough decision.