The government on Monday approved another loan of crude oil from the
country’s state material reserves to the oil refinery in Litvinov. It is
the second loan since Russian crude oil deliveries via the Družba pipeline
were suspended on April 25th due to contamination of the oil with high
levels of organic chloride.
According to Pavel Švagr, head of the Administration of State Material Reserves, the second loan should cover the refinery’s needs until the end of May. Deliveries of Russian crude oil could be renewed by May 25.
Academics and former politicians have written an open letter to the Czech
energy utility ČEZ petitioning the management not to sell the Počerady
coal-burning electric power plant to entrepreneur Pavel Tykač. The
petitioners say its continued operation would be in violation of the 2016
Paris Climate Agreement.
Among the signatories are former prime ministers Petr Pithart and Vladimír Špidla, sociologist Jiřina Šiklová and former environment ministers Bedřich Moldan and Martin Bursík. Members of the public are being encouraged to take a stand as well.
EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová has warned against organized
disinformation campaigns in the European elections, particularly
manipulation from Russia.
In an interview for the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) Jourová said "we cannot allow that even in one member state the election results are tampered with by manipulation.”
The commissioner said these elections were “a fateful choice for Europe” and that organized disinformation campaigns from abroad were seeking to exploit current divisions in society. “Europe needs to be aware," Jourová said.
The construction of a high speed rail network in the country should begin
in 2025, the newly-appointed transport minister, Vladmír Kremlík told
journalists after a visit to Czech Railroad Management.
The Czech Republic should adhere to French norms for speed trains for which it will pay SNCF Mobilités around 11 million crowns.
The fastest Czech train, the Pendolino, travels at a maximum speed of 150 km per hour on conventional tracks.
Year-on-year consumer price growth slowed down to 2.8 percent in April,
down from 3.0 percent in March, according to data released by the Czech
The prices of rents, some food stuffs and petrol went up, while the price of alcohol, tobacco, sugar and eggs decreased.
Analysts predicted that after inflation reached its peak in March it would stagnate and gradually decline.
People are set to protest for the third time against the appointment of
Marie Benešová as justice minister in Prague, Brno and other Czech cities
on Monday evening. Organisers Million Moments for Democracy are demanding
the removal of Ms. Benešová and the installation of what they call an
independent minister of justice.
Critics have linked her recent appointment by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to the fact that police have recommended that the PM face trial on charges of illicitly acquiring EU subsidies.
Slavia Prague took a major step toward winning the Czech football league by
beating their nearest rivals Viktoria Plzeň on Sunday evening. The Prague
side’s 3:1 victory leaves them five points ahead of Plzeň. All the
game’s goals came after the 80-minute mark.
The match was part of a new “superstructure” in which the top, middle and bottom groups of clubs at the end of the regular season face one another in a round robin system. Sunday’s game was regarded as the toughest test for Slavia, who finished first after 30 rounds.
The 74th edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival begins
at Prague’s Municipal House on Sunday evening. The opening concert will
feature the traditional My Country by Bedřich Smetana performed by the
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jakub Hrůša.
The orchestra was formed in the Bavarian city in 1946 mainly from German musicians expelled from Czechoslovakia after WWII who had previously been members of the German Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague.
Jan Munk, the chairman of the Prague Jewish Community, has died at the age
of 72, his family announced on Sunday. Mr. Munk was also the director of
the Terezín Memorial for 27 years, during which time he succeeded in
opening a new Museum of the Ghetto and other displays. Members of his own
family had been interned at Terezín by the Nazis.
Mr. Munk headed the 1,500-member Prague Jewish Community from 2012.