Prime Minister Andrej Babiš was re-elected chairman of the ANO party he
founded on Sunday as, running unopposed.
Jaroslav Faltýnek was reelected first deputy chairman and faced no
opponent ahead of the party congress vote.
Mr Babiš received 206 votes out of 238 delegates present at the national assembly. Thirteen delegates voted against him and 19 abstained. In the last party congress, he received 195 votes out of 210 delegates, and in 2015 was elected unanimously.
As for Mr Faltýnek, two candidates for the first deputy chair post withdrew their candidacies in the eleventh hour. He received 190 votes, or roughly 80 percent of the 237 delegates present.
The two ANO party leaders have consistently been ranked the country’s most popular politicians in polls of eligible voters over the past six months.
Total assets of the Czech Republic amounted to 5.2 trillion crowns at the
end of 2017, up 1.3 percent year on year, according to consolidated
financial statements published by the Ministry of Finance. As an accounting
entity, the country posted a profit of about 181 billion crowns last year,
up 43 percent in annual terms.
The consolidated financial statements provide information on the financial situation and performance of all entities of the state administration and self-government of the Czech Republic as if it were a single economic unit.
Included therein are 18,138 units, including ministries and other authorities, regions, municipalities, health insurance companies and significant holdings held by the state administration and local governments.
Most Czechs living in big cities are exposed to levels of harmful noise
levels, according to a noise map published by the Ministry of Health.
People exposed to above 40 decibels of noise at night are prone to suffer sleep disorders and insomnia. Those exposed to above 55 decibels during the day, the equivalent to the noise of a busy street, are at greater risk of having high blood pressure.
According to the map, 90 percent of Czechs sleep in an environment where the average level exceeds 40 decibels and 10 percent where the level is even higher than 60 decibels.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš pledged in a speech before his ANO party’s
biannual congress on Sunday to abolish the “super gross” tax wage as
part of a wider tax reform effort that would reduce taxes on employees.
In effect since 2008, the super gross wage is the base for calculating the employee income tax. It is the sum of an employee’s gross wage plus social and health insurance premiums.
Mr Babiš, who founded ANO and is again running unopposed in the election for party chairman, said he also wants to revise social benefits policies to be more pro-family. He equated a decline in Czech birth rates with a high tax burden.
Czech MEP Dita Charanzová has been chosen by the ANO party congress
leadership and regions to head the party’s ticket for European elections
Before being elected to the European Parliament in 2014 as an independent, she worked in the Czech diplomatic service for over a decade. During that time, she was posted for four years at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU.
In the European Parliament, Ms Charanzová is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group.
Average rents in Prague rose by 3 percent last year to CZK 340 per square
metre, a slower pace than in the previous year, according to Trigema, a
The steepest average rise was in Prague 7 (11.4 percent) followed by Prague 1 (by 8.5 percent) and Prague 3 (by 8.1 percent).
The highest average rents were in the city centre, at CZK 433 per sqm in Prague 1 and CZK 389 per sqm in Prague 2. The lowest were in Prague 9 (CZK 299 per sqm) and Prague 10 (CZK 303 per sqm).
The number of available rental units in Prague fell by 15 percent year-on-year to 6,324 last year, according to Trigema.
The percentage of Czech women working in the scientific research sector, at
26 percent, is the among the lowest in the European Union, where the
average is 33 percent.
According to the Marcela Linková of the National Contact Centre for Gender and Science, several western European countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands, fall below the EU average.
In the Baltic countries of Latvia and Lithuania, women represent more than 50% of all scientific workers.
Men predominantly work in technical sciences and engineering whereas women are more represented in the medical sciences and some areas of social sciences.
Ester Ledecká has won the snowboarding World Cup in parallel slalom in
Pyeongchang, where she won Olympic gold medal a year ago.
She beat Selina Jörg of Germany in the finals, crossing the line 0.73 seconds ahead of her rival.
Ledecká had not competed in a World Cup snowboard event since December after opting to compete in the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup at the start of 2019.
Charles University plans to invest up to 2.5 billion crowns this year in a
range of new buildings and upgrades to existing ones.
The largest expenditures in Prague include the construction of a new Faculty of Mathematics and Physics in Troja and the reconstruction of dormitory to which the Faculty of Humanities will be relocated from Jinonice.
In 2020, Charles University plans to begin its largest construction project in the past 100 years. It will be a new Natural Sciences campus at Albertov, which will include two buildings housing centres for the study of biomedicine and climate – the Biocentrum and Globcentrum.