There will be no representative of the Senate at a planned meeting of
President Miloš Zeman and senior state officials to discuss foreign policy
on Wednesday. Senate speaker Milan Štěch is abroad and unable to attend
and the Office of the President has rejected his proposed deputy, Miluše
Mr. Štěch said turning down Ms. Horská was unfortunate, a mistake and reflected President Zeman’s less than friendly relations with the upper chamber.
The Czech Confederation of Trade Unions has recommended that union
negotiators push for pay rises of seven to nine percent next year. The
issue was discussed at a meeting in Prague on Tuesday attended by around
1,300 delegates from throughout the country.
The confederation’s leader, Josef Středula, said the figures were a guideline and that unions would make pay demands depending on the situation at concrete firms.
Delegates also discussed working conditions, with union leaders saying they plan to press for reduced hours without a cut in earnings.
A former senior figure in Czech diplomacy, Tomáš Prouza, has become
president of the Czech Confederation of Industry and Tourism, the agency
announced on Tuesday. Mr. Prouza was previously the Czech Republic’s
state secretary for European affairs.
The trained economist said that he would work to achieve the best possible conditions for those sectors and to ensure Czechs benefited from being part of the large European market. Mr. Prouza takes up the new post at the start of October.
A major anti-terrorism exercise was held at Prague’s Congress Centre on
Tuesday morning, the news site iDnes.cz reported. The operation, entitled
DEMON 2018, simulated 40 armed people taking around 2,000 audience members
at a musical show hostage and killing five of them.
During the simulation armed figures were seen holding hostages by windows on three floors at the building. It culminated with the police bringing the situation under control and disarming the “terrorists”.
The population of the Czech Republic grew to just under 10,625,500 in the
first half of the year, according to official data released on Tuesday.
That figure was around 15,400 higher than at the end of 2017.
More people died than were born in the Czech Republic in the January to July period and the rise has been attributed to immigration, mainly from Ukraine and Slovakia.
Karel Jarolím has been sacked as manager of the Czech international soccer
team. The 62-year-old was reportedly removed hours after a 5-1 loss in a
friendly against Russia on Monday night that followed defeat in the
Czechs’ first game in the new Nations League competition.
Jarolím had earlier blamed himself completely for the debacle against Russia, saying he deserved a public execution. Speculation has now turned to who will replace him, with Jaroslav Šilhavý – who led Slavia Prague to the domestic league title in 2017 – named as favourite.
The European Parliament’s budget control committee has started debated a
complaint regarding suspected conflict of interest on the part of Czech
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš that Transparency International recently
addressed to the European Commission.
The complaint was made on the grounds of information which suggests that although Babiš put his billion-crown conglomerate Agrofert into a trust fund to comply with a strict new conflict of interest law, he is still the person controlling the company.
Transparency says the findings may have serious implications both as regards the conflict of interest law and EU funding policies.
The Greens in the European Parliament have said Babiš should not take part in the decision making on the new EU budget, if a part of it were to end up in his pocket.
The Czech prime minister has dismissed the accusations as nonsensical.
A raging fire caused extensive damage to the storage facilities of Czech
fuel distributor Čepro in Loukov on Monday night.
According to preliminary reports the fire started with the explosion of two tank trucks on the grounds and spread to the company’s storage facilities. A driver was injured and thousands of litres of fuel burnt in the blaze.
The damage has been estimated at around 70 million crowns. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
A 26-year-old woman has been found guilty of hate speech on social networks
in connection with hateful comments which appeared under a class photo of
first-graders in a school in Teplice, published in a regional daily just
over a year ago.
Reacting to the mix of Czech, Romany, Vietnamese and Arab children in the group photo, the woman wrote they should all be shot.
Details of the verdict have not yet been released, since all parties involved first need to be informed about it in writing.