The lower house of Parliament on Wednesday approved the draft of a new civil service law. The government has won support for the bill by taking on board opposition demands, including dropping a provision to create a top civil servant whose office would control the entire system. The new bill also includes a provision under which every minister would have at most two deputies who are political appointees, which was repeatedly criticised by president Miloš Zeman. The president warned MPs that he would take the civil bill to the Constitutional Court if they push the legislation through despite his previously signalled veto.
The body of the nine-year old girl, who went missing on Tuesday in Klášterec nad Ohří, was found dead on the outskirts of the town. Police are now investigating the scene of the crime. The parents of the girl called the police on Tuesday afternoon when she didn’t return from school. The girl’s mother wrote on her Facebook profile that she was allegedly seen walking with an unknown man. The police have not released any information related to the cause of her death.
Two people died and six were injured in a bus crash on Wednesday, which happened near the town of Planá nad Lužnicí in the south of the country. In the crash, the bus struck a railway pole and caught fire. Five people, one of them seriously injured, were taken to hospital. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Swiss President Didier Burkhalter will pay a one-day visit to the Czech Republic on Wednesday. He is to meet for talks with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek. The Swiss president will also address the 22nd OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum which is due to open in Prague on Wednesday.
The Czech national football team defeated Netherlands 2:1 in Prague on Tuesday night, in the opening game of their Euro 2016 qualification. The Czechs went ahead in the 22nd minute with a nice shot by Bořek Dočkal but the visitors equalized some 10 minutes into the second half. However, an overtime goal by Václav Pilař secured a full three points for the Czech team which scored an important win in their Euro 2016 campaign.
The head of the Czech branch of Doctors Without Borders Pavel Gruber has appealed on the Czech government to send experts to ebola stricken countries. In an open letter to the prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, Mr. Gruber says that the developed countries should do more to help stop the spread of the disease by helping to build isolation facilities, mobile labs and sending its experts to ebola-stricken areas. Similar appeals have been made to other European governments.
Czech expats from around the world will gather in Prague on Wednesday for a two-day conference on maintaining their native language skills abroad. Expat communities abroad have a strong tradition in maintaining their cultural and linguistic heritage and the Czech language is taught at a network of Czech Schools without Borders, the first of which were established in the 1930s. The two-day event, held at the National Museum building in the center of Prague, was co-organized by expats’ associations, the Czech Foreign Ministry and Czech Radio.
On the second day of his state visit to France, President Milos Zeman was received by President Francoise Hollande. The Czech head of state said he hoped to see a renaissance in bilateral ties both on a political and economic level. He expressed regret that this was the first visit to Paris by a Czech head of state in eleven years. The two leaders expressed support for a joint economic forum which would revitalize business ties and President Hollande accepted an invitation to visit Prague. On Wednesday President Zeman is to meet with Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
A British boy with an aggressive brain tumour who is to receive proton therapy in Prague has been undergoing tests at the Proton Therapy Centre. Five-year-old Ashya King arrived at the center with his parents on Tuesday morning and was greeted by the team of physicians who will be taking care of him. He underwent a CAT scan and a series of other tests in preparation for treatment. He is to undergo a series of 30 sessions of proton beam radiotherapy starting next week.
Police and customs officials on Tuesday raided several dozen stalls at the open-air market in the town of Aš on the Czech-German border. Some two hundred officers searched the grounds for fake goods and drugs in what is reported to be one biggest raids on an open air market in years. Twelve salespeople were detained for questioning.