Petr Štěpánek has withdrawn his candidature for membership of the
Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting. A number of opposition
politicians had called on governing party ANO to rescind Mr.
Štěpánek’s nomination and on Tuesday a number of its MPs, including
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, said they would not back him in a vote on
Opposition parties had slammed his nomination due to the fact that Mr. Štěpánek had spoken about wishing to blow up public broadcaster Czech Television, which he referred to as a criminal organisation.
Around 200 people protested against Mr. Štěpánek’s appointment outside the Czech lower house on Monday.
It takes Czechs considerably longer on average to save to purchase an
apartment than people in other European states, suggests a new study
produced by consultants Deloitte.
Comparing 12 states last year, the report found that a new flat in the Czech Republic is equivalent to 11.3 years of average pay. Belgians, meanwhile, need the equivalent of 3.7 years’ salary to cover the price of a property of 70 metres squared.
A lack of new apartments on the market is one factor forcing property prices up in the Czech Republic, said a representative of Deloitte. Mortgage regulations, lengthy permit procedures, high taxation and consumer sentiment are other factors.
Following consultations with the European Commission, the State Veterinary
Authority has reversed its order for imported pork products to undergo
tests for African swine fever.
The special measures concerned imports from countries where African swine fever has been confirmed and were to have come into effect this week.
The European Commission protested against the decision on the grounds that it would destabilize the trade in pork.
It moreover pointed out that in all of the states concerned, African swine fever had only been detected in wild boar, not in commercial pig farms.
The Social Democratic Party’s unsuccessful candidate for foreign minister
Miroslav Poche will leave his post at the foreign ministry as soon as a new
foreign minister has been appointed, the party’s new nominee for the
post, Deputy Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told journalists on
The announcement came following a meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš who is to discuss Petříček’s nomination with President Zeman later today.
Poche, whom the president refused to appoint foreign minister on the grounds of his pro-migrant views, has been serving in the post of political secretary at the ministry and chief aide to acting foreign minister, Jan Hamáček.
President Zeman has already signaled that he considers the party’s new nominee for the post of foreign minister acceptable.
The Czech Foreign Ministry is ascertaining how best to help Indonesia in
the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit the island of
Sulawesi on Friday.
EU member states are currently coordinating their aid to the region with the help of local authorities.
The options are financial aid, humanitarian aid or sending rescue teams. A meeting of diplomats from EU member states is taking place on Monday.
According to the Czech Foreign Ministry a Czech national who was hit by the tsunami is reported to be uninjured and has been flown to Makasar. All other Czech tourists in the region are reported to be safe.
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake shook the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday followed by a massive tsunami, which killed more than 830 people. Hundreds are reported injured and tens of thousands have been displaced.
An audio-visual exhibition documenting the years of totalitarian rule in
Czechoslovakia has opened on Prague’s Letná, at the site of the one-time
monument to the Soviet dictator Stalin.
The exhibition titled Memory of the Nation, offers eye-witness accounts of the Nazi and Communist periods and video-mappings that will take people back to selected crisis periods in the country’s history, creating the impression that they are on a train heading for a concentration camp or in the cockpit of a Spitfire plane in the Battle of Britain.
The exhibition grounds are surrounded by a five-metre tall wall, symbolizing the communist oppression and the division of Europe.
A hospital in the town of Břeclav, south-east of Brno, has confirmed a
second incidence of West Nile fever, a viral disease typically spread by
A 72-year-old woman died of West Nile fever in the hospital several weeks ago.
The male patient with the same diagnosis is currently in isolation and is reported to be stabilized. It is not clear where he contracted the disease.
A panel photo exhibition capturing milestone moments in the country’s
history opened on Prikopy Street in the centre of Prague on Monday, marking
not just the centenary of the birth of Czechoslovakia, but the centenary of
the CTK news agency itself.
The photos were taken by the agency’s photographers over the years and selected from an archive of over seven million photographs.
The exhibition has been travelling around the country since the spring in celebration of the anniversary and has come to Prague for the culmination of the centenary celebrations in October.
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