Czech courts will take years to arrive at a unified interpretation of the new Civil Code, the head of country’s union of judges, Tomáš Lichovník, said on Wednesday. The new code enters into force in January, and brings far-reaching changes to Czech civil law. The code will first be interpreted by district courts and courts of appeals but only the Czech Supreme Court will bring unified interpretation, Mr Lichovník said. Some judges are considering retiring due to the introduction of the new code, according to Mr Lichovník.
A spell of warm weather broke several temperature records across the Czech Republic on Christmas Eve. In Bohumín, in the northeast of the country, the temperature of 13.2 degrees Celsius was reported, beating a record from 1973. Unusually high temperatures were also recorded in Ostrava, the Šumava mountains, and other places.
The Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Dominik Duka, served the traditional Christmas lunch for the homeless and the poor. The lunch was served at the Archbishop Palace and the Capuchin monastery in Prague’s Hradčany district on Wednesday. The menu included beef stock with liver dumplings, beef in cream sauce and roast duck, the organizers said. Some 270 people arrived for the lunch whose tradition started 15 years ago.
A broken water hydrant caused a five-meter geyser to burst on Jungmannové square in the center of Prague on Monday. According to the water company Veolia, the breech of the hydrant was caused by carp sellers, who were using it to fill the containers with live fish. The water was quickly turned off and no serious damage was caused to the surroundings. In the advent weeks, carp, which is a traditional Christmas food in the Czech Republic, is sold live on the streets of Czech towns and cities from barrels full of water.
The Czech Academy of Sciences has breached the rules the distribution of grants, according to a report by the country’s Supreme Audit Office. The report says that grant applications were not processed transparently over the past six years, and in some cases, the academy could not show how they were processed at all. The institution also made errors in approving investments and purchases of scientific instruments.
The new civil code, which will come into effect in the Czech Republic starting in January, treats animals as living beings, contrary to previous legislature. As a result, harm inflicted on animals, for example, will be punishable by law. Owners of pets will also be able to sue those who were responsible for the death of their pet for emotional distress.
The famous Karlovy Vary Grandhotel Pupp, which annually hosts the main receptions for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, is helping the local branch of the Salvation Army to feed the homeless this Christmas. Using ingredients donated by the cash and carry chain Makro, chefs at the Grandhotel Pupp prepared a meal for the last Sunday of Advent and will also provide the Christmas Eve meal for the needy. The food will be delivered by the hotel staff to the charity’s distribution centers. The cooks decided not to serve the traditional Christmas Eve dish of fried carp and potato salad, opting instead for a warmer meal of hearty potato soup with root vegetables and bread.
The Office for the Protection of Competition has begun investigating the sale of the company Londa, which runs the most listened to radios station in the Czech Republic – Radio Impuls. Londa was sold in November to Agrofert, which belongs to the billionaire and chairman of the ANO party Andrej Babíš. The anti-monopoly regulator should make the decision about the merger within a month. The Agrofert group has also purchased the publishing house MAFRA, which puts out two popular daily newspapers Mladá fronta Dnes and Lidové noviny, earlier this year.
Temperature records have been broken in 11 meteorological stations around the Czech Republic on Monday. The highest temperature of 11.1 degrees Celsius was recorded in Čáslav-Nové Město in Central Bohemia. In Bradýs nad Labem near Prague, the local station also measured 11 degrees during the day, though it was not a record temperature.
Approximately 44 percent of restaurants in the Czech Republic will be open on Christmas Eve – the day most Czechs have Christmas dinner – according to a poll carried out by the gastronomic website Lunchtime.cz. Some restaurants plan to close early in the afternoon, while others will only open I the evening. Another five percent of restaurants will be open on Christmas Day. The website’s direct Igor Třeslín said that during the last five years that they have been collecting data on opening hours over the holidays, the number of restaurants open has grown significantly every year. Three years ago the vast majority of eating establishments in the Czech Republic were closed on Christmas.
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