The Czech Republic has one of the highest rates of prisoners per capita in
Europe, according to a comparative study conducted by the Council of
In 2015 the Czech Republic had 198 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, which is 6 percent more than in 2005.
The number ranks the Czech Republic 11th on a list of 49 countries monitored.
The overall number of prisoners has grown by 10 percent in the last decade. The number of jailed women is up by 48 percent.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is on a two-day business oriented visit to
Morocco. The prime minister is accompanied by Trade and Industry Minister
Marta Nováková and a delegation of 37 business leaders.
Mr. Babiš is due to hold talks with his Moroccan counterpart Saadadin Usmani and sign an inter-governmental agreement on industrial cooperation. The two sides are also expected to debate the problem of migration.
Morocco is the Czech Republic’s biggest economic partner in the region of North Africa. In the past five years Czech exports to Morocco doubled and a number of Czech companies are active on the Moroccan market.
Opposition parties in the lower house are calling for a parliamentary
commission which would evaluate the influence of foreign agents on
developments in the Czech Republic.
A joint proposal for such a commission has been tabled by the Civic Democrats, the Pirate Party, TOP 09, the Mayors and Independents and the Christian Democrats. The move comes in response to an intelligence service report warning of heightened activity on the part of Russian and Chinese agents in the country.
The report for 2017, issued on Monday, is to be debated at a special government session.
The app-based ride sharing service Taxify has been banned from operating in
Prague until it meets the conditions required from a regular taxi service.
The Prague Municipal Court ruled on Tuesday that, like Uber, the Estonian company must agree to respect conditions which would put it on an equal footing with taxi drivers, by operating a licensed service, with drivers registering and taxing their earnings in the Czech Republic. Taxify may still appeal the verdict.
The company started operating in the Czech Republic in 2015 and the number of active Taxify drivers is estimated at several hundred.
The youngest Czech deputy in the Czech lower house Dominik Feri (22) from
TOP 09 has appeared on Politico’s list of 28 people who are shaping,
shaking and stirring Europe.
The people listed are divided into three categories :doers, dreamers and disruptors. Dominik Feri appears eighth on the list of dreamers.
Dominik Feri, who was on the local council of his home town Teplice at the age of 18,won a seat in the lower house in last year’s parliamentary elections. He is the youngest ever MP in the country’s history.
The Speaker of the Czech lower house of Parliament, Radek Vondráček, will
represent the Czech Republic at the funeral of former US president George
Bush in Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, according to the Office
of the Czech President.
Czech political leaders paid tribute to Mr.Bush on the news of his death, highlighting his service to his country and the fact that he helped usher in a new post-Cold War era and assisted the states of the former Eastern block in joining the democratic community of nations.
The Czech State Health Department says those groups seen as particularly
susceptible to hepatitis C infection should be checked. The call comes
after the department announced 865 new cases of the disease this year,
making it one of the worst periods in the past 10 years.
Intravenous drug users are seen as the group most at risk, making up around two thirds of those recently infected.
Justice Minister Jan Knezinek defended the prime minister in connection
with the leaked EC report on Monday, saying that that a general analysis of
EU legislation concerning subsidies suggested that a trust fund was a
sufficient guarantee of a politician’s impartiality and Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš had acted fully in accordance with Czech laws.
He said Czech lawyers asked to assess the case had not found any breach of
The prime minister met with the justice minister, the minister for regional development and the finance minister early on Monday to consult the case from a legal perspective.
In its 2017 report the Czech intelligence service BIS warns of heightened
activity of Russian and Chinese agents on Czech territory.
The report says that both Russia and China have stepped up their activity in the sphere of hybrid warfare and disinformation campaigns, often using Czechs who serve as a smoke screen.
The report says that Russia is benefitting from an exceptionally large diplomatic corps in the Czech Republic and the often irresponsible attitude of local politicians and public service employees to confidential information. The number of Chinese agents serving under the guise of diplomats has significantly increased, the report says.
The report also registers 11 fighters in terrorist organizations with links to the Czech Republic. Two of them are reported to be Czech nationals.
The Czech government is to debate the report in a special session.