The Czech Republic is currently not receiving any crude oil via the Druzba
pipeline, Pavel Švagr, head of the Administration of State Material
Reserves, said on Friday.
Švagr said the Litvinov refinery had oil reserves that would last for seven days. If deliveries of crude oil are not resumed by then, the country will have to tap its material reserves, he told the ctk news agency.
Deliveries to several countries were suspended on Thursday due to a contamination of the oil with high levels of organic chloride.
The Russian energy ministry said Transneft was trying to fix the problem as soon as possible and the according to the latest reports Russia has said deliveries could be renewed on Monday April 29th.
President Miloš Zeman, who is on a four-day working visit to China, is to
attend the opening ceremony of the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on
The forum is attended by dozens of foreign leaders including Russian President Putin who is due to address the forum immediately after the Chinese president. President Zeman is due to present his address on Saturday.
On Friday the Czech head of state will be meeting with Czech and Chinese entrepreneurs and attend the signing of agreements on bilateral cooperation in the spheres of energy, aviation and hockey.
The Czech Conference of Rectors has appealed for people to vote in the
European elections and to cast their ballot in favour of pro-EU parties.
The rectors of the country’s leading universities say that the outcome of the European elections may significantly influence the development of the Czech Republic.
They point out how beneficial the country’s membership in the EU has been for the young generation in terms of funding for universities and the Erasmus student exchange program thanks to which 61,000 Czech students got the opportunity to study abroad.
The charity concert for Notre Dame which was held at Prague’s Rudolfinum
on Tuesday is reported to have raised close to 400,000 crowns. The money
will be sent to the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris.
Six leading Czech orchestras including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Symphony Orchestra performed Antonín Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, under the baton of Tomáš Netopil.
It was heard by a thousand guests and broadcast live to millions on Czech Television.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has proposed former justice minister and ANO
MP Helena Válková for the post of government commissioner for human
If the government approves her nomination at its session on Monday she would start in office on May 1st.
Helena Válková would replace Martina Štěpánková who has served in the post since it was reinstated last June.
Several hundred supporters of the anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy
Party gathered on Wenceslas Square on Thursday afternoon to protest against
what the organizers called “the dictate of the European Union“.
The gathering was addressed by France’s Marie Le Pen and Geert Wilders from the Netherlands.
A counter-demonstration took place at the bottom end of Wenceslas Square and the police detained ten people in skirmishes.
Police raided offices at the Czech Agriculture Ministry early on Thursday
in connection with suspected subsidy fraud.
The raid was conducted by the country’s special unit for fighting organized crime. Its spokesman Jaroslav Ibehej confirmed the raid was in connection with a criminal investigation but refused to provide further details.No one has so far been detained.
According to the news site idnes the raid was conducted in connection with billion-crown subsidy programmes. The ministry, headed by Miroslav Toman of the Social Democrats, has made no comment.
President Miloš Zeman who is on an official visit to China aimed at
further boosting trade and investment between the two countries on Thursday
attended the signing of a memorandum on investments between the Czech
Republic and the Bank of China and the company CITIC.
The agreement envisages investments into the Czech economy to the tune of one billion dollars over the next two years. Bank of China representatives also signed an agreement with the Czech Chamber of Commerce regarding loans for Czech businesses to the tune of two billion dollars.
The Czech president is expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart and attend the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Friday.
An international expert conference on the security of 5G networks due to be
held in Prague next week is not aimed against any given country or company,
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said on Thursday.
He said the aim of the meeting was to reach consensual, non-binding recommendations on how to proceed safely with the introduction of 5G networks. The recommendations should also contribute to discussions within the EU and NATO on a common approach to cyber threats.
The conference will take place at the Czech Foreign Ministry headquarters on May 2 -3 and will be attended by EU, NATO and OECD representatives.
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