Senators from the Liberal Democratic Caucus - Senator 21 say they will take
legal action against President Miloš Zeman for alleged gross violations of
Senator 21 caucus head, Václav Láska, told reporters the impetus stemmed from improper interventions by the president and his staff.
Last week a proposal by another Senator 21 member to file a “constitutional action” against President Zeman over suspicions he had tried to exert influence over the courts was rejected, as he hadn’t secured the backing of at least one-third of the Senate to do so.
The remains of a Dominican monk who served as the confessor Přemysl Otakar
II, “the Iron and Golden King”, who reigned as King of Bohemia in the
13th Century, have been discovered in south Bohemia.
Archaeologists said on Wednesday they found the remains of Jindřich Librarius in a wooden vault at a monastery in the city of České Budějovice.
According to legend, he was both confessor and confidant to Otakar II, a member of the Přemyslid dynasty who reigned as King of Bohemia from 1253 until his death in 1278.
The German government said in a parliamentary session that members of
domestic far-right groups have in recent years been traveling to Central
and Eastern Europe to train with firearms.
MPs spoke about two countries in particular, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
According to Berlin, several members of a German neo-Nazi group were arrested in September following a trip to Czechia, and on that occasion “a large quantity of ammunition” had been seized.
Karel Lánský, who kept independent Czechoslovak Radio on the airwaves for
eight dramatic days after the Soviet led-invasion of Czechoslovakia in
August 1968, has died at the age of 94.
He had ensured broadcasting from secret locations in Prague and ran the operation directly from his flat. He later signed Charter 77 and after 1989, returned to lead the international service of Czechoslovak Radio (Radio Prague).
For his bravery, Mr Lánský was awarded the country’s highest state distinction, the Order of the White Lion, last year, on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s (ANO) government has paid a record 463
million crowns in bonuses to its members during its six-month existence,
Czech Radio reports.
The ministries and the government office rewarded the secretaries of state, the section leaders and other civil servants. The lion’s share went to officials in the ANO-led Ministry of Finance.
The Cabinet of ex-Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats) paid out some 10 million crowns less in the final six months of his time in office.
The Chamber of Deputies judiciary subcommittee says the independence of the
Supreme Administrative Court and the Constitutional Court was not
endangered by communications with the president, Miloš Zeman, and his
chancellor, Vratislav Mynář. Chairman Pavel Blažek said this position
had been reached unanimously by the subcommittee. It also recommended that
judges report any attempts to sway their rulings to the chairs of their
Mr. Zeman and his right hand man have been accused in recent weeks of seeking to influence court decisions. Mr. Mynář, who appeared before the judiciary subcommittee last week, denies any wrongdoing.
The Czech Republic’s taxation authority has excluded the Chinese company
Huawei from a public tender procedure for a CZK 500 million tax-filing
website, the newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Wednesday. The
Financial Administration took the decision on the basis of a command from
the National Cyber and Security Information Agency issued to 160
organisations key to the running of the country.
The agency last month warned of the dangers of using software or hardware from Huawei or ZTE, another Chinese company, and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš subsequently ordered the country’s most important public and private entities to review their usage of such products.
The planned website Moje daně should simplify the submission of tax returns and will handle sensitive data.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, has visited the
Eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on the second day of a trip to the
country. On Tuesday he and his Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Klimkin,
travelled from Kiev to the coastal city, which is a few kilometres from the
frontline between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists.
Mr. Petříček said he had got a first-hand impression of the human and economic hardship caused by the Russian-backed armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. He said he had expressed the conviction that the country’s citizens had the right to live in dignity and peace.
Czech MPs may have their salaries cut if they fail to turn up for lower
house sessions or meetings of committees of which they are members. Pirate
Party MP Jakub Michálek told iDnes.cz that representatives of different
parties’ parliamentary groups had agreed to discuss the matter later this
A law docking deputies’ salaries and benefits if they do not officially excuse themselves from two or more sessions or committee meetings has been on the statute books for two decades. However, no body has been charged with implementing the legislation.
Mr. Michálek has proposed that the lower house’s Organisational Committee assume responsibility and begin fining MPs for unexplained absenteeism, iDnes.cz reported.