Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is due to visit the Forum Europe-Africa
in Vienna on Tuesday to discuss European investments in the African
The prime minister has been a long-term supporter of the idea of a large-scale economic help for Africa that would improve local conditions and reduce the causes of migration to Europe.
The Austrian forum is part of a broader concept of economic cooperation between the EU and Africa, which is to focus on sustainable investment and employment.
The General Police Inspectorate has charged a police officer from the
Regional Directorate in Prague and two other individuals with illegal
wildlife trade, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday.
The suspects allegedly attempted to sell the horn of a critically
endangered rhino on the Asian market, which could have brought them over
two million crowns. If found guilty, they would face up to five years in
The sale and purchase of rhino horns has been banned worldwide since 1977 within measures to protect the endangered species. The horn powder is sought after mainly in Asia, where traditional medicine lends it therapeutic and aphrodisiac powers.
The Czech economy’s current account balance of payments, a broad measure of goods and money flowing in and out of the country, ended in a surplus of 44.7 billion crowns in the first three quarters of 2018, according to figures released by the Czech national Bank on Friday. The surplus for the first six months of the year totals 7.9 billion crowns.
Air pollution has worsened in much of the Moravian-Silesian Region on
Friday. The amount of dust particles in the air has exceeded permitted
levels at all monitoring stations in the region.
Moravia-Silesia is one of the most polluted regions in Europe, due to heavy industry located on both sides of the Czech and Polish border. The situation traditionally worsens in winter because of coal heating.
Car production in the Czech Republic rose by 2.9 percent to nearly 1.4
million between January and November this year, the Automotive Industry
Association said on Friday. Exports have grown by 3.3 percent to 1.25
By contrast, domestic sales of cars have dropped by around two percent. The country’s biggest car producer, Škoda Auto, raised output by 4.5 percent to over 831,000 cars and TPCA recorded growth by 11 percent to nearly 197,000 cars.
According to the head of the Czech Automotive Industry Association, Bohdan Wojnar, car production for the whole of 2018 is expected to reach 1.4 million, which should slightly exceed last year’s figure.
Prague’s venue Jatka 78 is set to stage a play by Iranian dramatist
Nassim Soleimanpour White Rabbit Red Rabbit. It was written by the author
while he was forbidden to leave his country for refusing military duty.
The play, which is to be performed each night by a different actor, takes the form a sealed letter and the seal is only broken once the actor steps onto the stage. It has become a huge success after its premiere in 2011 and has since been performed in more than 25 languages.
Among the actors to appear in the Czech staging of White Rabbit Red Rabbit is Martha Issová, Aňa Geislervoá and Petr Čtvrtníček. The premiere is scheduled to take place in the Jatka 78 venue in January.
The legendary American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will be performing three
concerts at Prague’s Lucerna Hall in April of next year, within his
European 2019 tour, the organizer of the event Live Nation Czech Republic
announced on Thursday.
Dylan who first performed in Prague in1994 has been back ten times, wowing audiences in Prague, Brno and Ostrava.
His Lucerna concerts next year will feature some of his best-known hits and a selection from his 2017 album Triplicate.
The head of the party of Mayors and Independents Petr Gazdík has confirmed
his intention to leave his post at the head of the party in order to make
way for change.
Gazdík, who founded the party in 2009, said it needed a change-of-guard and a new vision. He said he would push for the party’s conference in April of next year to elect a new leadership.
According to the news site Aktualne.cz the party’s current first deputy Vít Rakušan is a hot candidate for the top post.
The lower house of Parliament sent a proposal to tax church restitutions
into its third and final reading, due to take place in January of next
The bill was put forward by the Communist Party and has support from the coalition ANO and the Social Democrats as well as the opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy Party.
Taxing money returned to churches, predominantly the Catholic Church, in return for property confiscated by the communists, is a highly sensitive issue. Right-wing opposition parties are vehemently against the idea, arguing that stolen property should be returned without financial strings attached.
Taxing church restitutions was one of the conditions laid down by the Communist Party in return for supporting the minority government.
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