Culture Minister Antonín Staněk of the Social Democrats handed in his
official resignation to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Monday. Mr Staněk
had announced last week that he intended to step down at the end of May,
following his decision to dismiss the directors of the Prague National
Gallery and Olomouc Art Museum. More than 7,000 people signed a petition
calling for his ouster.
Social Democratic party chairman Jan Hamáček is due to discuss the situation in the culture sector with President Miloš Zeman at a meeting on Thursday. Without giving further details, Mr Hamáček said that the new Minister of Culture should be a ‘political figure’.
The Prague City Council decided on Monday to launch a geological survey for
Metro line D, which should connect the city centre with the southern
outskirts of the city. It is the first step in the construction of the
city’s long-planned fourth metro line.
The first phase of the project will involve the construction of a section between the current Pankrác station on line C and a new station in the Písnice district. Subsequently, the fourth line of the Prague Metro should extend from Pankrác to the Náměstí Míru station in the city centre.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said that starting the geological survey for the metro line is one of the coalitions goals for the first half of this year.
Around 30 scientists and business people from all over the world are taking
part in a conference in Prague on Monday launching the annual Innovation
Week. Among the main guests at the conference are the young American
astrophysicist Sabrina Gonzales Pasterski or Anna Du, a 13-year-old
American who invented a microplastic-detecting robot to help fight ocean
The event, organized for the fourth consecutive year by Prague’s European Leadership and Academic Institute, will offer more than 100 accompanying events across the Czech Republic, including seminars and workshops.
A Finance Ministry proposal for next year’s budget, which is to be
debated by the government next week, sets next year’s deficit at 40
billion crowns, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced at a press
conference on Monday.
The draft budget forecasts state expenditures of 1.59 trillion crowns and revenues at 1.55 trillion crowns. According to Mr Babiš, the budget plan also envisages a hike in public sector wages and higher pensions. The first draft budget proposal is to be presented to the lower house on May 31.
The annual charity run for Paměť národa or Memory of the Nation
Institute raised 872,000 crowns (approximately 34,000 euros), the
organizers said on Monday.
The fourth edition of the charity run took place on Saturday in ten locations across the Czech Republic under the motto "For all who have not given up". More than 2,700 people took part in the event.
The funds will help to document the fate of the country’s freedom fighters who fought against Nazism and Communism.
Czech heavy vehicles manufacturer Tatra Trucks will supply 12 fire engines
to Israeli security forces, the company announced on Monday. The order is
worth approximately 100 million crowns.
As part of the deal, the Czech truck maker will also provide training for Israeli firefighters to operate the engines. The first Tatras are to be delivered to Israel at the end of the year.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said he wants to slash the projected
expenditures for the country’s EU presidency in the second half of 2022
by half. The projected expenditures for the presidency are currently at 2.
7 billion crowns, which the prime minister says he considers unnecessarily
In an interview for the daily Hospodářské noviny Babis said that in his view the cost of the presidency should not exceed 1.3 billion crowns, roughly 50 million euros. In 2020 the government is expected to spend 178 million crowns in preparatory works.
The Czech Republic beat Austria 8:0 in the Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava on Sunday. In a dominant Czech performance Dominik Kubalík, Jan Kolář and Radek Fakse scored one goal each and added two assists. Michal Řepík led the scoring with two goals. Goaltender Pavel Francouz made sixteen saves as he secured a shutout.