Transport Minister Dan Tok has ordered an inspection of all bridges built
in this country in the period from 1960 to 1980.
The move comes after an inspection of a bridge in Doubí, near Karlovy Vary revealed that it was in much worse condition than previously thought and would have to be pulled down. The bridge was originally slated for reconstruction.
The inspection ordered should start immediately and cover some 1,000 bridges around the country. There are over 18,000 road bridges in the Czech Republic and close to 7,000 rail bridges.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on September 5. The talks are expected to focus primarily on migration, the EU budget, Brexit and European elections. A number of bilateral issues are also on the agenda, such as road construction, cooperation in research and development and the Czech-German Fund of the Future. The Czech prime minister this week held talks in Italy and Malta to try to convince European leaders to change their approach to the migrant crisis.
No.8 seed Karolina Plíšková defeated Ana Bogdan and moved into the third
round at the US Open on Wednesday. Plíšková had to rally from 0-3 down
in the second set, but she turned the game around in emphatic fashion to
win 6-2, 6-3.
Next, Plíšková will take on the winner of the game between No.32 seed Maria Sakkari or Sonia Kenin in the third round.
President Miloš Zeman has defended Czech participation in NATO's
Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
In an address to Czech ambassadors, who are assembled in Prague for their annual consultations, President Zeman said that Czech soldiers in Kabul were fighting for Prague, and their presence there was vital for the country’s national interests.He said Afghanistan was the most important foreign mission in which Czech soldiers were currently taking part.
The words came in reaction to criticism of Czech participation in the Afghan mission from some Czech parties and suggestions that the Czech Republic should withdraw its troops.
President Zeman also addressed the issue of sanctions against Russia arguing that they should not be extended in the European Council without proper debate on the issue.
State support for NGOs has been lowered by 586 million crowns as opposed to
the government’s original plan, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told
journalists on Wednesday. There should be less money for NGOs linked to the
education sector but more for those active in the field of social services.
Overall state support for NGOs should rise year-on-year by approximately 800 million. The government is also planning lay-offs in state administration. Over 1,300 positions will be scrapped, many of which have been unfilled for some time.
The government has approved the appointment of state attorney Radim Dragoun
as head of the General Inspectorate of the Security Forces. Prime Minister
Babis should officially appoint him to office on September 1st.
Dragoun said his task would be to stabilize the force, prevent information leaks, increase trust among its members and improve communication with state attorneys.
The inspectorate’s former director Michal Murín left his post at the end of April following criticism from the prime minister.
The inspectorate investigates crimes committed by members of the police.
The Czech Outdoor advertising agency has promised to remove all its
roadside billboards by the end of September, according to Transport
Ministry spokesman Jakub Stadler.
This is in line with a 2017 law which bans advertisement billboards within 250 meters from main roads and highways for safety reasons.
The legislation met with strong opposition from outdoor advertising operators some of whom attempted to bypass it by replacing advertisements with gigantic Czech flags and other non-commercial posters.
According to the ministry close to a thousand billboards still have to be dismantled.
Prague City hall has announced a 1.2 billion crown tender on the renovation
of the Průmyslový Palác building on the city’s main fairgrounds. The
left wing of the building was badly damaged by fire in 2008.
In view of the building’s historic value the renovation work will be a copy of the original and will be supervised by conservationists. The building, which dates back to 1891, underwent a major reconstruction in the 1950s. Reconstruction work on the building should start next year.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis is likely to visit Great Britain at the end of
October, for talks on bilateral relations post-Brexit, the Czech
Republic’s ambassador to London, Libor Sečka told the ctk news agency.
If the visit goes ahead as planned, the prime minister would hold talks with his British counterpart Theresa May and attend a concert of the Czech Philharmonic held on the occasion of the centenary of Czechoslovakia.
The Czech embassy in London is running a successful project called Czech Republic 100 within which it is presenting Czech achievements in different fields, such as medicine and nanotechnology.
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