The spell of unseasonably warm weather broke records around the country on
Thursday. Ninety-six measuring stations that have been keeping records for
more than 30 years saw their warmest ever temperature for the day.
The highest temperature – 18.8 degrees Celsius, was registered in Kobylí in the Břeclav region. Temperatures are set to get colder on Friday as cloud and rain move in.
Czech President Miloš Zeman attended a meeting of heads of state of the
Bucharest Nine, the countries making up the eastern flank of NATO, hosted
by Slovak president in Košice on Thursday. The main objective of the
meeting, which was also attended by NATO Secretary General Jens
Stoltenberg, was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of NATO and to discuss
the current security situation in Europe and its neighbourhood.
During the meeting with his counterparts, Czech President Miloš Zeman defended the military mission in Afghanistan, head of the president's foreign policy team Rudolf Jindrák wrote in Twitter.
Following a bilateral meeting with Mr Stoltenberg, Slovak president Andrej Kiska said it was crucial to discuss defence and security in peacetime, since it was the obligation of any government to provide security for its citizens.
Czech film and theatre actor Jiří Pecha died on Thursday at the age of
74. The information was confirmed by the spokeswoman for the Brno theatre
Husa na provázku.
Pecha was a member of the Brno theatre ensemble since the turn of the 1960s. Pecha has also starred in many films, including Forgotten Light by Vladimír Michálek and Pupendo by Jan Hřebejk.
In recent years, he returned to the stage of Husa na provázku in the lead role of the production of “The Grandmother”, based on the novel by Božena Němcová.
The album Stínítko by Čáry života, a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Jan Boroš, has won the Apollo Critics’ Choice Award for Best LP of 2017. The award was presented at a ceremony in Prague’s Meetfactory on Wednesday evening. The debut album, mixing lo-fi electronics and acoustic instruments, was released on label Bumbum Satori and was also nominated for this year’s Vinyla Award. Among other contenders for the Apollo award were Floex & Tom Hodge, Manon Meurt or Povodí Ohře.
Earnings from the tourism sector amounted to 2.9 percent of the total Gross
Domestic Product in 2017, the Czech Statistics Office reported on Thursday.
Total earnings from tourism rose by 7.4 percent in the past year to 292 billion crowns, which is the highest figure since calculations for the sector started in 2003.
Nearly 35 million foreign tourists visited the Czech Republic last year, accounting for 56 percent of the overall turnover.
The European turtle dove has been named Bird of the Year by the Czech
The choice was aimed at reminding the public that population numbers of the once widespread migratory species have dropped dramatically over the past decades as a result of intensive farming, habitat loss and hunting.
Ornithologist estimate there are currently between 40 to 80 thousand couples of the European turtle dove living in the Czech Republic.
The amount of property investment in the Czech Republic went down by EUR
2.62 billion in 2018, a cut back of 30 percent compared to the previous
year, a study by consultancy company Colliers International says.
Transactions also decreased by 27 percent. According to the authors of the
study this is a consequence of the low amount of quality property
investments currently on offer.
Colliers International says it expects this year’s investment rate to remain largely the same as in 2018.
The Senate has voted against the Communist party proposal to tax
restitutions paid out by the state to various religious organisations
including the Catholic Church and the Czech Jewish Community. Aside from
the opposition, the senators who voted against the bill also included the
Social Democrats, a junior partner in Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s
government. The proposal will now return to the Chamber of Deputies, which
can by-pass the Senate if it votes in favour of the bill again. However,
the opposition says it will bring the issue to the Constitutional Court if
Aside from returning property, the current restitution law passed enacted in 2013 counts on paying church organisations CZK 59 billion crowns divided into annual payments over a period of 30 years. The proposed restitution bill would tax these pay-outs reducing the total payment to CZK 48 billion.
Petrochemical giant Unipetrol has prolonged its contract with Croatian
company Jadranski Naftovod until 2021. The later controls the Adria oil
pipeline running through the Balkans.
Unipetrol’s general director Krzysztof Zdziarski said that the Adria is an alternative for the Czech Republic – and Central Europe as a whole – in case of a cut in oil supplies from the Druzhba pipeline which runs from Russia into Central Europe.
Unipetrol is the Czech Republic’s only petroleum processor and also owns the country’s largest petrol station chain, Benzina. The company hopes the Adria pipeline will supply its refineries in Kralupy and Litvínov.
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