A decision on the means of financing new nuclear reactors in the Czech
Republic should be made by the end of the year, Trade and Industry Minister
Marta Nováková told journalists on Friday.
At present three options are on the table: creating a new subsidiary of ČEZ with Dukovany and Temelin assets, opening the door to a foreign investor, and splitting ČEZ to transfer its nuclear plants to a state-owned company.
Minister Nováková said that either way, ČEZ would be expected to play a significant role, since the country’s top nuclear experts were there.
Trade unions have reached agreement with the government on wage rises in
the public sector as of January 2019.
According to Finance Minister Alena Schillerová there will not be a blanket increase and employees with lower wages should get a bigger hike. The average raise for public sector employees will be at around eight percent.
The projected wage increases will cost the state budget some 25 billion crowns.
Prachovské skaly, unique sandstone rock formations in the Český Ráj
Protected Landscape Area, have been vandalized by spray paint, Czech
Police are investigating the incident and experts from Charles University are to meet to consider how the paint could be removed without damaging the centuries-old sandstone.
The management of the nature reserve is considering special security measures.
A 26-year-old woman has been charged in connection with an incident of hate
speech on social networks after a class photo of first-graders in a school
in Teplice, which appeared in a regional daily, sparked threats and racist
The reactions to the mix of Czech, Romany, Vietnamese and Arab children in the group photo sparked a shocking reaction on social networks, with remarks that they were a class of terrorists and should be gassed. Police have been investigating the incident for close to a year now.
The number of Czechs addicted to the home made drug pervitin –or crystal
methamphetamine – has seen a steep rise in the past decade, according to
National Anti-Drug Centre head Viktor Mravčík.
While ten years ago some 25 thousand young Czechs were addicted to pervitin, now their number has risen to 35 thousand.
Addiction to pervitin is the second most widespread addiction doctors are treating, immediately after alcohol.
The bankrupt Poldi Steelworks was auctioned off for a third time on
Thursday, to an anonymous bidder for 256 million crowns.
The minimum bid was set at 160 million crowns with the estimated value of Poldi’s assets given as 180 million crowns.
The first two auctions that took place earlier this year fell through after the bidders failed to pay the bid amount within the set time limit.
The former jewel of Czech steel-making, has been in insolvency since last December.
The police have arrested a man suspected of making hoax bomb threats in
The caller said he had placed explosives in the Anděl shopping centre in Prague’s Smichov district and demanded ten million crowns.
The centre was closed for six hours on Monday and nearby traffic was rerouted as explosives experts searched the building. A similar threat was made the next day.
If convicted the man would face up to 12 years in jail.
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.