The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says the service life of the
Dukovany nuclear power plant could be extended by a decade. That would cost
CZK 20 billion, compared to building a new nuclear unit, which would cost
around 10 times that amount, he said.
Dukovany was previously expected to keep operating until 2035. Keeping it running for another 10 years would mean the Czech government would not have to decide now on how to fund the expansion of nuclear plants operated by state-controlled company CEZ.
CEZ is reluctant to launch a tender without state guarantees for the massive investments. However, Mr. Babiš argues that the power giant can handle the project on its own.
The minister of industry and trade, Marta Nováková, was quoted on Tuesday as saying that the government may postpone a decision on whether to force CEZ to construct new reactors at the country’s second nuclear power station, Temelín.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, and his Slovak counterpart, Andrej
Kiska, on Tuesday marked the centenary of the Martin Declaration, under
which Slovaks broke away from the Kingdom of Hungary and later unified with
the Czech lands as Czechoslovakia.
Speaking at a ceremony in the Slovak town of Martin, Mr. Zeman said that Czechs had been threatened with Germanisation in 1918 and Slovaks with Magyarisation. However, thanks to the Martin Declaration the two people’s had not lost their nationality or language and could develop freely, he said.
Mr. Kiska said the foundation of Czechoslovakia had been complicated and praised the role played by its founders Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and Milan Rastislav Štefánik.
The warmest ever night temperature for October in the Czech Republic was
recorded on Monday, meteorologists reported. No less than 19.8 degrees
Celsius was recorded in Mošnov in the Moravian Silesian Region, just
two-tenths of a degree below what forecasters consider a “tropical”
Such values are registered in the Czech Republic in July and August but rarely at other times of the year.
Enclosed World by Karel Žalud has won the award for best Czech film at the
22nd edition of the Jihlava documentary festival. The four-hour work is
compiled from a Czech Television series of the same title that explores the
lives of prisoners and their families.
The Belgian film Vacancy by Alexandra Longuet took Jihlava’s prize for best foreign documentary. French New Wave veteran Jean-Luc Goddard, who also directed Jihlava’s trailer this year, received an award for contribution to world cinema.
Slavia Prague have returned to the top of the Czech soccer league. They
overcame city rivals Dukla 4:1 on Monday evening to again move two points
in front of reigning champions Viktoria Plzeň and bring the 13th round of
the season to an end.
Two of Slavia’s goals came from midfielder Miroslav Stoch. The result leaves Slavia seven points ahead of rivals Sparta Prague ahead of a derby clash between the two next weekend.
Strong winds overnight have left thousands of households without power and
are complicating traffic around the country.
The situation is reported to be worst in the Pardubice, Benešov and Šumperk regions where over thirty thousand households were without power on Tuesday morning.
Fire crews in the Pardubice region alone were called to 150 emergencies in the course of the night and many smaller roads were closed on Tuesday due to fallen trees. Trains are running late in several regions with dozens of connections affected.
Rangers have set up photo traps to try to locate a brown bear that has been
attacking sheep and destroying beehives in mountain villages in the Zlín
A manual trap with honey set up some time ago has proved ineffective. There are now plans to try to try to sedate the animal with the use of a tranquilizer gun and transport it to a temporary residence at a local zoo.
A zoo in Belgium has already expressed interest in taking the bear.