Four former senior Interior Ministry employees have been charged with
circumventing the Public Procurement Act and mismanaging state property in
connection to a contract with Fujitsu Technology on the licensing of
Microsoft products amended in 2008.
In September 2016, a Prague court sentenced former deputy labour minister Vladimír Šiška to six years in prison for abuse of office for having signed a disadvantageous contract with Fujitsu Technology on a system for distributing social welfare benefits.
A former director of an Interior Ministry department, Miroslav Duda, had received a three-year sentence, suspended for five years, in that trial. He is among the four ex-employees against whom fresh charges have now been brought.
The average mortgage rate rose marginally in August to 2.53 percent,
according to data compiled by Fincentrum Hypoindex, whose figures are based
on the real values of freshly agreed contracts, including refinancing
In July, the average rate stood at 2.5 percent. Fincentrum chief analyst Josef Rajdl said that over the summer months, no major bank changed its mortgage rate, but a gradual rise is expected in the autumn months.
A new exhibition entitled Architecture in the Services of the First
Republic has just been opened at the National Technical Museum in Prague.
The show highlights around 100 noteworthy buildings dating from
Czechoslovakia’s interwar period, including Prague’s Legiobanka, the
crematorium in Pardubice and the Baťa houses in Zlín.
Alongside structures characteristic of that period, the exhibition also features lesser-known public buildings and private villas. It runs until the end of October.
Prague’s famous astronomical clock will go back into operation on
September 28, St. Wenceslas’ Day. The clock at the city’s Old Town Hall
has been undergoing repairs for several months. Freshly restored statutes
of the apostles will reappear at 6 pm on the state holiday, having last
been seen in early January.
The moving figures will emerge from stained glass hatches that replace metal ones installed in the 1970s, thus restoring that element of the time piece to its original form.
The opposition TOP 09 party plan to submit a resolution calling on the
government to take in 50 Syrian orphans from refugee camps. They will put
the matter to the lower house on Wednesday. The party’s Markéta
Pekarová Adamová said a civilised country should be capable of making
such a symbolic humanitarian gesture.
The move comes after Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said he was not prepared to take in any such orphans, arguing that children should be helped in the places they come from. Mr. Babiš recently said he would not accept “a single refugee”.
The Social Democrats are to nominate Tomáš Petříček for the post of
foreign minister, Czech Television reported. The junior party in the
coalition government had previously put forward Miroslav Poche for the
position but President Miloš Zeman refused to appoint him.
The head of the Social Democrats, Minister of the Interior Jan Hamáček, is currently serving as the country’s diplomatic chief in a caretaker capacity. Mr. Petříček is at present deputy minister of foreign affairs.
Czech-born musician Ivan Král is set to play a sold-out concert at
Prague’s Lucerna Music Bar on Tuesday evening. The singer and guitar
player, who has been living in the US since the 1960s, is promoting his
latest LP, Colors.
Ivan Král was a member of the Patti Smith Group in the 1970s and collaborated with Iggy Pop. In the 1990s he produced a number of Czech groups.
Jaroslav Šilhavý has been appointed coach of the Czech international
football team. He replaces Karel Jarolím, who was recently fired after two
years in the job following a humiliating defeat to Russia.
Šilhavý, who is 56, will lead the Czechs for the first time next month, when they take on Slovakia and Ukraine in the Nations League, a competition in which they lost their opening game. The new manager helmed Slavia Prague to the domestic league title the season before last.