The Czech National Bank has announced it will issue a special set of six
CZK 20 coins in July, on the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of
monetary separation from Austria-Hungary.
The coins, which feature famous First Republic politicians, were first issued in 2018. Whereas at that time collectors were able to exchange them for coins of the same value, now the cost for six coins has been set at CZK 590.
Collectors can purchase the items at the bank’s contractual partners for the sale of numismatic material.
On Tuesday, the European Commission issued its evaluation of member
states’ climate and energy plans, calling on them to be more ambitious.
Regarding the Czech Republic, the EC recommends the country raise its share
of renewable energy sources to 23 percent as opposed to the current
Ministry of Trade and Industry’s plan of 20.8 percent. Furthermore,
according to the Czech Union for Modern Energy the country has the lowest
target out of all EU members.
Trade Minister Karel Havlíček said on Monday that he sees no major problem in increasing the plan’s target. The final plan of each member state needs to be handed in by the end of the year.
Speaking in Luxemburg ahead of this week’s EU summit, where the future
leadership of EU institutions is expected to be discussed, Czech Minister
of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček told journalists that the Visegrad
Four wants its candidate to secure a key position.
While stating that the list of candidates is extensive and that no discussions on this topic have yet been held, he did remind journalists of Slovak candidate Maroš Šefčovič, whom he believes to be a strong candidate for one of the high positions, particularly when it comes to foreign policy. The Visegrad Four is political alliance within the EU made up of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has called on his fellow ANO party deputies in
the lower house of Parliament not to vote for candidate Michal Semín in
the upcoming elections into the Czech News Agency council, Jaroslav
Faltýnek, the leader of ANO’s parliamentary club, told journalists on
Mr. Semín, heads the ultra-conservative movement Akce DOST and has been accused of anti-Semitic statements by the Federation of Jewish Communities. The Social Democrats, who are currently in government, said they would be willing to leave the current coalition if he were to receive ANO’s support.
Some ANO deputies are thought to have voted for Mr. Semín in the initial round of voting, due to the fact he received the most votes of all candidates. The second round of elections is expected to take place in July.
State dignitaries as well as war veterans and hundreds of members of the
public gathered at Prague’s Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius on
Tuesday. They were marking the 77th anniversary of the heroic last stand of
seven paratroopers, who were involved in the assassination of Reinhard
Heydrich, the governor of the occupied Czech lands during WWII.
Speaking at the gathering, Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar said that it was important to remember such acts. Deputy Premier Jan Hamáček and the speaker of the lower house of Parliament Radek Vondráček laid wreaths at the memorial.
In a project which took place earlier in 2019, researches from the Military History Institure found two new areas within the church crypts that show where the paratroopers were trying to dig themselves out of their encirclement by Nazi troops.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will meet with the president of the
European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, on Thursday, news website
iRozhlas reports, citing the spokeswoman of the EC president, Mina
Two weeks ago, the Czech prime minister said he would personally bring up a preliminary EC audit, which found him in a conflict of interest, with Mr. Juncker and ask about its authors, whom he called “incompetent”.
However, Ms. Andreeva did not confirm the meeting would revolve around the audit’s findings, stating instead that the agenda was unspecified and that the two leaders would be preparing for the next European Council meeting.
This year, up to half of the Czech Republic’s spruce tree population
could be infested by bark beetles if the current crisis scenarios end up
happening, Environment Minister Richard Brabec said at a meeting of Central
Bohemian mayors on Tuesday. The spruce is the country’s most common tree,
making up more than half of all woodland in the country. According to Mr.
Brabec, 500,000 hectares of forest are now at risk.
The bark beetle has become a serious problem for Czech woodland in recent years, because of the increasingly hotter, dryer climate. Spruce trees are most at risk from bark beetles and the fact that they tend to be planted in large woodland monocultures makes the problem worse, experts say.
Czech opposition parties say they have enough signatures to call a no-confidence vote against the current government, the leader of the largest parliamentary opposition party, Petr Fiala of the Civic Democrats, said at a press conference on Tuesday. The vote is expected to be scheduled for some time next week. The reason for the vote is a preliminary EU audit last month found Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to be in a conflict of interest and suggested the Czech Republic return hundreds of millions of crowns in EU funds. Mr. Fiala stated that the prime minister has been damaging the Czech Republic’s reputation abroad.
A district court in Hradec Králové on Tuesday acknowledged the right of
the family of aristocrat Karel des Fours Walderode to property confiscated
on the basis of the Beneš decrees in the post-war period.
Walderode’s widow Johanna Kammerlander has since 1992 been fighting to regain control of family assets in north Bohemia valued at around 3 billion crowns. Following the district court ruling, upholding a preliminary decision of 2017, hearings could take place regarding around 1,400 individual properties.
Due to his German nationality, des Fours Walderode lost his property in 1946 under the Beneš decrees. The family had their Czechoslovak citizenship returned the following year, but the Communists took power before the assets could be returned. After emigrating in 1948, he again lost his citizenship.