The first Czechoslovak President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was born exactly
169 years ago and Czech politicians as well as the wider public are
remembering the figure through a series of ceremonies. Representatives of
the government and Parliament will lay a wreath by his grave in Lány and a
special relay run will take place from the statue of Masaryk in front of
Prague Castle, which finishes in Lány.
The public can take part in a number of events being organised across Prague and other cities and towns across the country.
If the Czech Republic issues a tender to build a new nuclear power source,
Rosatom will send a proposal, the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade
Denis Manturov told journalists after a bilateral intergovernmental
commission on Wednesday.
His Czech counterpart Marta Nováková (ANO) said one tender conditions would be that the third nuclear power source remain fully under the administration of the Czech Republic once finished.
The intergovernmental commission also discussed mutual cooperation in supporting small- and medium-sized businesses, mutual exports into third-countries and cooperation within the aircraft industry.
The Polish Minister of Agriculture Jan Krzyszof Ardanowski has accused the
Czech prime minister of waging a campaign against Polish food. The
interview that the Polish agriculture minister gave to the paper Gazeta
Polska has made headlines in the Czech Republic due to statements that have
been interpreted as an accusation of ulterior motives behind the recent
warning against buying corrupted Polish beef given by the Czech Ministry of
Mr. Ardanowski was quoted as saying that Czechs like to buy Polish foodstuffs due to their good quality and low price, but that the country’s leaders are perhaps trying to move Polish food off the market due to Czech attempts to increase domestic agricultural production. He then went on to say: “After all, the owner of one of the largest food processing companies in the Czech Republic is the prime minister of this country”.
The One World Film Festival, known in Czech as “Jeden Svět“ launched
on Wednesday afternoon in Prague. The festival opened with a lecture by the
President of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, who
spoke on the current situation in Tibet. The lecture will be followed this
evening by the Nicaraguan farmer activist Francisca Ramírez receiving the
Homo Homini Award by festival organisers and human rights NGO People in
Apart from dozens of thematic films, the festival features a number of workshops and lectures. It will run until March 17.
Locomotive drivers in the Czech Republic are overworked and often find
themselves in crisis situations, Jaroslav Vondrovič, President of the
Czech Federation of Locomotive Drivers told journalists on Wednesday. He
says the great amount of overtime work and little rest is a big problem
that leads to locomotive drivers making mistakes.
His comments came as Czech Railways management convened a special meeting Wednesday in the wake of back-to-back train collisions and a steep rise in reported accidents and ‘incidents’. They will likely agree on stricter safety measures and tighter controls.
Currently, there is a shortage of at least 300 locomotive drivers in the Czech Republic. Inexperienced young drivers are often put into situations where they can make errors, railway authorities say.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš revealed to journalists on Tuesday that part
of his ongoing trip to the United States will involve visiting the CIA
headquarters in Langley.
Now the Czech daily Lidové Noviny writes that a Czech Intelligence source said that Czech counter-intelligence service (BIS) cheif Michal Koudelka has also flown to Washington and will accompany Mr Babiš on his CIA visit. Official BIS channels refused to comment, but the newspaper says that a US source has confirmed the information.
The visit to Langley is not part of Mr Babiš's official programme, whose main highlight is a meeting at the White House on Thursday with President Donald Trump.
The popular violinist Vanessa Mae will return to the Czech Republic after
three years to perform her most famous pieces of music this October,
concert organiser Roman Helcl told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday.
Accompanying her will be Ms May’s band, the Czech String Orchestra and
eight vocalists. The first concert is set to take place in Ostrava on
October 15. Two days later the Ms. Mae will perform in Prague’s O2 Arena
The renowned violinist said that she looks forward to working with Czech musicians and that apart from her most popular pieces she will also play some rare compositions.
The 40-year-old Britton, who was born in Singapore is known for her pop interpretations of classical music and has millions of fans across the world.
Czech police have started an investigation into whether the management of
the Stork’s Nest farm engaged in tax evasion. Aleš Cimbala, spokesman of
the Municipal Public Prosecution Office in Prague, told news server
Neovlivni.cz that cases of illegal deduction of VAT, hundreds of millions
of crowns spent on advertising, and other tax offences are suspected.
It is not the first time that suspected tax offences related to Stork’s Nest management have been reported by tax officials. In 2014, a German tax office had doubts about the payments for alleged advertising of the German branch of Agrofert at the farm, located near the central Bohemian village of Olbramovice.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) is currently also being prosecuted in connection with alleged subsidy fraud related to the construction of the Stork’s Nest.
Czech Cardinal Dominik Duka has issued a criminal complaint against
perpetrators of sex abuse within the Czech Catholic Church whose acts were
documented in an investigative report on Czech Television’s programme
According to a spokesman, Cardinal Duka also wants to appeal to members of Parliament to draft an amendment to the criminal code that would make reporting rape and sexual abuse of minors compulsory.
Last week he and 100 other senior Catholic bishops attended a special summit in Rome focused on sexual abuse within the clergy. According to Cardinal Duka, the Czech Catholic Church currently registers roughly one case of alleged abuse every three years. However, most perpetrators receive a suspended sentence due to a lack of evidence.