Jan Švejdar is to be the country’s new police president, Interior
Minister Jan Hamáček announced on Friday. Mr. Švejdar, who is head of
the police force in the Pardubice region, was selected by a special
The only other contender for the post was the head of the Usti regional police force Jaromír Kníže. Jan Švejdar will take up his post on December 1st. He said his top priorities in office would be to fight drug trafficking and improve safety on Czech roads.
The downgrading of the status of several Czech embassies announced recently
does not reflect the importance ascribed to bilateral relations with the
given state, but was a move prompted by financial considerations, the Czech
Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Friday.
The statement comes in reaction to criticism from President Miloš Zeman who said the decision to take away „top priority status“ from the Czech Embassy in Hungary and that in Italy was a serious mistake. He said he would apologize in person to the visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and would push to get the decision reversed.
The ministry, which also downgraded the status of the Czech embassies in Ukraine and Turkey, said the status – or different categories – in which embassies were placed was only related to the salaries paid to diplomats in the given state.
Czech historian Michal Frankl, a senior researcher at the Masaryk Institute
and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, has won a prestigious
European Research Council (ERC) Grant of nearly two million euros with a
project on refugees and Central European countries citizens in the 20th
Mr. Frankl, who has published widely on the history of antisemitism, refugee policies, and the Holocaust in the Bohemian lands and East-Central Europe, is the first Czech scientist in the field of humanities to win the ERC grant.
The Czech Republic had the lowest unemployment rate in the EU in 2017,
according to the Statistical Yearbook, released by the Czech Statistical
office on Thursday.
In 2017, the Czech Republic had an average 2.9 unemployment rate, compared with EU average of 7.6 percent. The Czech Republic was followed by Germany with 3.8 percent, while Greece was placed at the other end of the scale with 21.5 percent.
Eight people with blood poisoning were admitted to hospital in Liberec
during Wednesday and Thursday. According to the hospital spokesman Václav
Řičař, all of the patients had previously undergone surgery at a private
hospital in Frýdlant in North Bohemia.
The operating room in the Frýdlant hospital has been closed down and will remain so until the cause of the poisoning is uncovered.
Nearly 32 million crowns were collected in the Czech Republic during Giving Tuesday, a global event created in 2012 to promote charitable and philanthropic acts, Magdalena Martinková from the Association of Social Responsibility told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday. The figure is four times higher than in the previous year. Giving Tuesday, which took place in the Czech Republic for the third time, is designed to serve as a counter-weight to the shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Higher security measures will be in place in the Czech Republic over
Christmas and the New Year, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček and deputy
police president Martin Vondrášek said at a press conference on Thursday.
The measures, formally in place from December 1 until January 9, will include an increased police presence in streets as well as stepped up protection of airports, shopping malls and other public places. They will also include concrete barriers installed in key public areas, such as the Christmas Market on Prague’s Old Town Square.
A first level security alert has been in place in the Czech Republic since March 2016, but according to Mr Hamáček, there are no indications of an immediate threat of a terrorist attack in the country.
Financial Administration officials have carried out over 160,000 checks
since the introduction of electronic cash registers, a measure introduced
by former Finance Minister Andrej Babiš to counter the grey economy and
The authorities have issued nearly 13,000 fines to the tune of 128 million crowns. Twenty-eight businesses were forced to close down for failing to follow the rules.
The first phase of the four-stage electronic cash registers system was introduced in December 2017. There are currently around 177,000 businesses using the registers.
Record low temperatures were registered in many part of the Czech Republic
on Thursday morning. Around ten out of 147 weather stations keeping records
for 30 years or more recorded new lows.
The coldest place was Rokytská Slať in the Šumava mountains in South Bohemia, where minus 22.6 degrees Celsius was recorded.
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