The Department of Defence has officially begun a tender for the delivery of
210 armoured infantry vehicles at a projected cost of more than 50 billion
crowns, the largest public contract in modern Czech history.
Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar (for ANO) is due to brief the cabinet about the candidates on Monday and then ask four selected companies to submit their bids.
Four European manufacturers are expected to take part in the tender process: BAE Systems, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), PSM and Rheinmetall Landsysteme.
To bid, a significant part of the production and servicing must take place in conjunction with VOP CZ, a Czech state enterprise run by the Ministry of Defence.
The ministry hopes to sign a contract in August 2019.
The government is likely to reject a proposal from a group of MPs from six
parties to further legalise marihuana, the Czech news agency ČTK reports,
citing the draft agenda of Monday’s cabinet meeting.
The debate in part is about making medical marihuana more readily available. The opposition Pirate Party is leading the initiative to change current legislation on growing, processing and possessing cannabis for one’s own needs.
Currently, adults are allowed to grow up to five marihuana plants at home for their own consumption. Under the proposal, adults could also have up to 1.25 kilograms of marihuana at home and up to 30 grams on their person.
It would also be legal for adults to give – but not sell – 30 grams outside of their home to another adult. The government argues it would be absurd to legalise the free transfer of marihuana but criminalise any offer to procure or sell it.
According to ČTK, the Ministry of Justice has recommended that the government take a neutral stance on the draft while the interior and health ministries, and the government office, gave negative opinions on it.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is due to visit the Forum Europe-Africa
in Vienna on Tuesday to discuss European investments in the African
The prime minister has been a long-term supporter of the idea of a large-scale economic help for Africa that would improve local conditions and reduce the causes of migration to Europe.
The Austrian forum is part of a broader concept of economic cooperation between the EU and Africa, which is to focus on sustainable investment and employment.
The General Police Inspectorate has charged a police officer from the
Regional Directorate in Prague and two other individuals with illegal
wildlife trade, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday.
The suspects allegedly attempted to sell the horn of a critically
endangered rhino on the Asian market, which could have brought them over
two million crowns. If found guilty, they would face up to five years in
The sale and purchase of rhino horns has been banned worldwide since 1977 within measures to protect the endangered species. The horn powder is sought after mainly in Asia, where traditional medicine lends it therapeutic and aphrodisiac powers.
The Czech economy’s current account balance of payments, a broad measure of goods and money flowing in and out of the country, ended in a surplus of 44.7 billion crowns in the first three quarters of 2018, according to figures released by the Czech national Bank on Friday. The surplus for the first six months of the year totals 7.9 billion crowns.
Air pollution has worsened in much of the Moravian-Silesian Region on
Friday. The amount of dust particles in the air has exceeded permitted
levels at all monitoring stations in the region.
Moravia-Silesia is one of the most polluted regions in Europe, due to heavy industry located on both sides of the Czech and Polish border. The situation traditionally worsens in winter because of coal heating.
Car production in the Czech Republic rose by 2.9 percent to nearly 1.4
million between January and November this year, the Automotive Industry
Association said on Friday. Exports have grown by 3.3 percent to 1.25
By contrast, domestic sales of cars have dropped by around two percent. The country’s biggest car producer, Škoda Auto, raised output by 4.5 percent to over 831,000 cars and TPCA recorded growth by 11 percent to nearly 197,000 cars.
According to the head of the Czech Automotive Industry Association, Bohdan Wojnar, car production for the whole of 2018 is expected to reach 1.4 million, which should slightly exceed last year’s figure.
Prague’s venue Jatka 78 is set to stage a play by Iranian dramatist
Nassim Soleimanpour White Rabbit Red Rabbit. It was written by the author
while he was forbidden to leave his country for refusing military duty.
The play, which is to be performed each night by a different actor, takes the form a sealed letter and the seal is only broken once the actor steps onto the stage. It has become a huge success after its premiere in 2011 and has since been performed in more than 25 languages.
Among the actors to appear in the Czech staging of White Rabbit Red Rabbit is Martha Issová, Aňa Geislervoá and Petr Čtvrtníček. The premiere is scheduled to take place in the Jatka 78 venue in January.
The legendary American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will be performing three
concerts at Prague’s Lucerna Hall in April of next year, within his
European 2019 tour, the organizer of the event Live Nation Czech Republic
announced on Thursday.
Dylan who first performed in Prague in1994 has been back ten times, wowing audiences in Prague, Brno and Ostrava.
His Lucerna concerts next year will feature some of his best-known hits and a selection from his 2017 album Triplicate.
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