Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says an invitation to the White House for a
meeting with President Donald Trump actually applies to the Czech Republic
and not just to him personally. Speaking on Tuesday after a discussion with
President Milos Zeman about the visit – which is scheduled for Thursday
next week – Mr. Babiš said the head of state had been pleased by the
news it would take place, Novinky.cz reported.
The prime minister said that Mr. Zeman had chiefly discussed the economic interests of the Czech Republic and Europe with regard to the US during their 90-minute conversation.
Earlier in the day Mr. Babiš had told reporters that his meeting with Mr. Trump would focus on cooperation within the framework of NATO, economic relations with the US, cyber security and the situations in Venezuela and Syria.
In March and April the Czech Republic will hold talks with mobile telephony
operators from the US, Italy, France, the UK and South Korea about the
planned introduction of a fourth operator onto the Czech market, Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš said on Tuesday. An auction of frequencies should
take place by the end of December, with the winner expected to receive them
from the state in January or February 2020.
Mr. Babiš also said he would put forward a bill making it easier for customers to end their contracts with existing mobile operators in the Czech Republic.
Under his legislation, clients would be able to cancel their agreements after two days, instead of 10 at present, while they would be able to end a contract without paying any penalty after three months. Mr. Babiš is due to meet operators in two weeks’ time.
Prague was the seventh richest region in the European Union in 2017 in
terms of per capita GDP, according to the latest data released by Eurostat.
The Czech capital occupied the same position in the rankings a year
GDP per person in Prague two years ago stood at 187 percent of the average for the whole of the EU. UK capital London topped the rankings, achieving 626 percent of the EU average.
There has been no change at the top of Czech football’s First League,
with the top two teams both winning on Monday evening. Leaders Slavia
Prague maintained their three-point lead after beating Slovácko 4:0 while
Viktoria Plzeň overcame Opava 2:1.
There are eight rounds remaining until the end of the season. Plzeň are defending league champions and Slavia lifted the title two years ago.
War veteran Emil Boček is due to receive the Order of the White Lion,
first class, on October 28, the anniversary of the foundation of
Czechoslovakia. A pilot with the RAF during World War II, he previously
received a lower level of the high state honour. President Miloš Zeman
informed Mr. Boček of the fresh accolade at a celebration of his 96th
birthday on Monday.
The head of state has also called on the minister of defence to promote the aviator to the highest rank in the Czech Army, general, suggesting commemorations of the end of WWII in May as a suitable date.
Hundreds of people attended a screening of the final episode of the hit TV
series MOST! on Monday evening at a pub in the north Bohemian town where it
was partly set. Members of the cast were also in attendance at the
now-famous hostelry in Most and signed autographs for the public.
MOST! was written by Peter Kolečko and directed by Jana Prušinovský. Producers Czech Television say the eight-part show had the highest ratings of any Czech-made comedy in several years.
The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa will be the special guest at this
year’s edition of Book World Prague, which begins on May 9. The Nobel
Prize-winning author is known for such novels as The Time of the Hero, Aunt
Julia and the Scriptwriter and The Feast of the Ghost.
Other guests at the four-day book fair will include Bernardo Carvalho, Rodrigo Fresan, Alvaro Enrigue, David Unger and Mariana Enriquez, the organisers said on Tuesday.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček has expressed the Czech
Republic’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial
integrity and deep concern about the plight of millions of effectively
Speaking at a high-level session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Minister Petříček said Czech observers would monitor the Ukrainian presidential elections as part of the OSCE mission. He reiterated Czech support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, widely recognised as the interim president.
He also noted that the Czech Republic was the driving force behind the council resolution on Equal Participation in Political and Public Affairs adopted in September 2018 and encouraged states to use the new guidelines for the effective implementation of the right to participate in public affairs.
Minister Petříček also congratulated Cambodia, the Czech Republic’s priority partner country, on new initiatives promoting public participation in law and policy decisions. But he said Cambodia could do more to create space for civil society and a free press.
Zubr Gold has taken top honours at the 27th annual Pivex Golden Cup contest
in two categories. The Přerov brew was named best bottled beer and best
light draft beer.
This year 50 brands from 13 industrial breweries took part in the two-round competition.
Bernard won in the category of top dark lager. Holba won in the mixed beer category for its cranberry and mint brew.
In the mini-brewery contest, the Merklín crocodile of the Petr Petružálek brewery took first prize.