The Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade, after consultation with the Finance Ministry, has recommended that state-controlled power company ČEZ take the lead in building new nuclear plants in the country. The ministry outlined three options for future nuclear development in its proposed action plan which was finalized on January 16.
Ski resorts in the Orlické hory mountain range have small reason to cheer. In addition to the lack of snow they are now facing fresh competition from the Polish side of the border where entrepreneurs are investing millions of zloty into state of the art facilities intended to attract an international clientele.
Organic food is still a luxury for most Czechs and although forty percent of people say they buy organic food items occasionally, organic products still make up only one percent of overall food sales. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka blames the high mark-ups that supermarkets slap on “bio” products as they are known in the Czech Republic.
Transparency has not perhaps been one of the biggest features of the Czech health system, according to its critics. But the government says that a revolution in the hitherto rather opaque relationship between the main paymasters of the system – health insurance companies – and the hospitals, doctors, and others providing services to patients is now underway.