The newly-appointed Social and Labour Minister Jana Maláčová and Health
Minister Adam Vojtěch are against the idea of setting up birthing houses
in the Czech Republic, which would be staffed by midwives.
Maláčová said she had discussed the matter with the health minister and both were of the opinion that it would be better to improve conditions at maternity centres and hospitals, giving women greater privacy and more options in how they want to give birth.
The issue of home births or births assisted by midwives only has been a controversial issue in the Czech Republic for years with doctors vehemently against the idea, saying that in the event of complications it puts at risk both mother and child.
While the law allows the setting up of birthing houses, it has not been carried out in practice since the conditions stipulated are so strict that only hospitals and clinics are able to meet them.
A former health minister and regional governor sentenced for corruption has
announced that he will run for the Senate. David Rath, arrested with
millions of crowns on his person six years ago and accused of rigging
public contracts, was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison last month. He
appealed the verdict.
The former governor of Central Bohemia said he would stand for elections in Litoměřice, a locality he knows well having spent a long time in custody there. If elected to the Senate, he would acquire immunity from prosecution.
He told journalists that if elected he wanted to fight the privatisation of the Litoměřice hospital, excessive bureaucracy and migration.
The Ukrainian embassy in Prague has protested the “illegal” visit of
two Czech politicians to the territory of Crimea, annexed by Russia in
2014, Interfax reported.
Communist MEP Jaromír Kohlíček and Senator Jaroslav Doubrava of the Severočeši.cz movement attended Sunday's Sevastopol parade of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the embassy said.
“To somehow whitewash their crimes, Russia is chaotically searching around the world for politicians with a lower threshold of political hygiene, who are ready to participate in propaganda voyages to the occupied peninsula. Unfortunately, several such politicians were found in the Czech Republic,” the embassy said in a statement, according to Interfax.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will return a ceremonial shield to the Czech
Republic that had been looted by Nazi authorities during the occupation of
the Bohemian castle Konopiště.
Museum Director Timothy Rub told Czech diplomat Antonín Hradilek that new documentation had offered proof the shield was taken from Konopiště, the Swiss Jewish publication tachles reported. The Nazis had intended to include the shield, crafted during the Italian Renaissance, within Hitler’s planned “Führer Museum”.
The Czech government had asked the museum to acknowledge Czech ownership of the shield based on a Declaration passed in December 1998 by 44 nations at the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets.
Czech banks may see profits drop by hundreds of millions of crowns due to
the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), which forces
lenders to reveal how much they bill customers for exchange rate hedging
operations, a source told the daily E15.
Part of Europe’s biggest regulatory overhaul in a decade, the regulations in part were intended to stop banks from selling products that clients do not need or understand.
Czech banks, especially established lenders, have had a reputation of charging high and hidden fees. Newcomers to the market often highlight transparency in this regard to win over customers.
A greater percentage of migrants born outside the European Union have found
work in the Czech Republic than in the other 27 EU member states, data
released on Monday by Eurostat show.
In 2017, the employment rate of persons in the EU aged 20-64 years ranged from 63.0 per cent among migrants born outside the EU, through 73.0 per cent among the native-born population, to 75.4 per cent recorded for migrants born in a different EU member state.
For migrants born outside the EU, the employment rate was highest in the Czech Republic, at 79.4 per cent, followed by Romania, at 76.3 per cent, Portugal, at 74.5 per cent, and Poland, at 73.0 per cent, according to Eurostat.
The Financial Administration (FS) office has accessed and compiled data on
people renting out property in the Czech Republic through Airbnb and begun
systematic checks into whether they are meeting their tax obligations,
business daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Monday.
The office in recent months has stepped up efforts to tax so-called “shared economy” businesses, such as the taxi company Uber, which earlier in July agreed to register new drivers and report earnings using electronic cash registers later this year.
A Czech man sentenced to 28 years in prison for murdering his wife and
daughter while on holiday in Egypt has asked for a review of the court
decision, according to independent association Šalamoun, which
investigates possible miscarriages of justice.
Petr Kramný was found guilty in 2016 of intentionally electrocuting his 36-year-old wife and 8-year-old daughter during their 2013 holiday in the Hurghada resort. Kramný maintains that his family had all suffered severe food poisoning and only he survived.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) on Monday began mediating the first of a
series of meetings between former clients of collapsed building firm
H-System, ordered last week to vacate their homes, and the bankruptcy
administrator, whom the Supreme Court ruled had the right to dispose of
Some 60 former H-System clients, who have formed a housing cooperative called Svatopluk, are refusing to leave their apartments, which they themselves completed after the building system went bust in the late 1990s. The Svatopluk cooperative has said it will file an appeal to the Supreme Court.