Czech diplomats will vote against the Global Compact on Migration, set to
take place at the General Assembly of the UN on Wednesday, foreign minister
Miroslav Petříček told the Czech News Agency on Monday. According to the
government’s previous statements, they were likely to abstain from the
The cabinet announced earlier that it would withdraw from the pact citing ambiguities in its interpretation. Czech officials argue that the compact doesn’t draw a clear line between legal and illegal migration or state that illegal migration is undesirable.
In an interview for the daily Právo, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hasn’t yet officially announced the Czech Republic’s withdrawal from the compact. Around a dozen countries, including the US, Austria, Hungary and Poland have also refused to support it.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis sent a letter to EU Budget Commissioner
Günther Oettinger on Monday informing him that he had left the board of
the government Council for the EU Structural and Investment Funds, which
makes recommendations for the distribution of EU money. Under a draft
amendment to the Regional Development Act, approved by the government on
Monday, the council can be chaired by another cabinet member.
The Czech Prime Minister made the move in reaction to the EU’s criticism of the Czech prime minister over potential conflict of interest. MEPs on Friday voted for the suspension of all EU payments to Agrofert, a company linked to Mr Babiš, until his alleged conflict of interests is settled.
The former Czech football captain, Tomáš Rosický, has been appointed sporting director for Sparta Prague football club. He will replace in the post Zdeněk Ščasný, who will continue to serve as the club’s coach. Rosický, who began his career at Sparta, will be responsible for the team’s long-term sporting strategy and will oversee the club’s transfers.
The average price of new flats in Prague increased in October by 11.8 percent to 104,100 per square metre, according to the data released by Deloitte consultancy on Monday. At the end of October, there were 5,587 new flats available in the Czech capital, which is an increase by 18 percent on the previous year.
The Czech Republic is Europe’s biggest exporter of toys, suggests an
analysis carried out by UniCredit bank. Czech production of toys last year
amounted to a total of 51.6 billion crowns.
The Czech Republic, along with Slovakia, has been the fastest growing toy exporter in the EU since 2004. The growth is fuelled mainly by production of LEGO brick sets, which had been gradually moved to the country. LEGO, along with dolls and miniature models, belong the most exported items.
Czech banks’ net profit for the first three-quarters of 2018 increased by 2.7 billion year-on-year to a record 62.6 billion crowns, the Czech National Bank said on Monday. The sector’s balance sheet at the end of September was 7.6 trillion crowns, an increase by 567 billion crowns since the end of last year. There are currently 47 banks and savings banks operating on the Czech financial market.
The Czech Army has property worth some 6.5 billion crowns sitting idle and
in varying states of disrepair or even ruin, according to a report by the
Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ).
To administer the properties, which include many former military barracks, the Army spent about 32 million crowns last year in upkeep, the report says.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said that by the end of 2020 assets identified as unneeded will be prepared for transfer or sale.
Czech police on Sunday evening searched a plane arriving from England to
check if a bomb was on board. This followed a request by the pilot, after a
stewardess found a photo of a bomb in the passengers’ toilet, taken to be
Police have found no evidence of an actual device. The plane, which ran between Manchester and Prague, was carrying 183 passengers. Upon arrival, they were questioned by the police as to whether they had witnessed anything suspicious.
While last year 142 cases of measles were detected in the Czech Republic,
already 182 cases had been detected as of December 4, according to the
State Health Institute.
Doctors warn that although it is mandatory to vaccinate children against measles, many are not. The disease is preventable through two doses of a safe and effective vaccine.
The highly contagious, airborne disease experienced an unpresented resurgence in 2017 in the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean and Europe, according to the World Health Organization.
It can cause debilitating or fatal complications, including encephalitis (an infection that leads to swelling of the brain), severe diarrhoea and dehydration, pneumonia, ear infections and permanent vision loss.
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