The Czech Republic and three other post-Communist countries voted to stop
the EU from adopting a clear long-term climate neutrality goal at the
summit in Brussels on Thursday evening.
Along with Poland, Hungary and Estonia, the Czech Republic rejected a proposed carbon neutrality target for 2050, arguing against a concrete date. The measure will be taken up again in late October, at a summit that will be Jean-Claude Juncker's last as European Commission president.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said Thursday the EU should rather focus on short-term goals in accordance with the Paris Agreement set for 2030. He said the rejected proposal would endanger the Czech economy and jobs.
Prague City Hall councillors have rejected an initiative to install a
replica of the Marian Column, erected in 1650. It was torn down shortly
after Czechoslovakia was founded by an angry mob who saw it as a symbol of
Members of the Association for the Renewal of the Marian Column had gathered on Prague’s Old Town Square on Sunday, collecting signatures in support of rebuilding the structure.
The day before, sculptor Petr Váňa had attempted to place part of a balustrade he had consutructed in the Marian Column's original location.
The Czech lower house of Parliament has approved a cabinet proposal that
would see medical marihuana mostly covered by public health insurance.
According to the proposal, which will now go to the Senate, insurers would cover 90 percent of the cost of for medical marihuana per month on a maximum of 30 grams per patient.
MPs rejected an amendment by Pirate deputy Tomáš Vymazal to make the payment 100 percent and set the monthly limit at 180 grams.
Czech state-run power group ČEZ has announced plans to sell its Bulgarian
assets to local investors Eurohold for 335 million euros, subject to
approval by regulatory authorities.
ČEZ entered the Bulgarian market in 2004. The prospective sale concerns seven of its local units.
Last February, a rumour that ČEZ might sell major Bulgarian assets to small firm called Inercom sparked protests over alleged corruption that led the Minister of Energy to resign.
Czech poet and translator Petr Král, who also writes in French, was among
64 people honoured by the French Academy on Thursday for their
contributions in the cultural field.
The jury awarded Král, now 77, Le Grand Prix de la Francophonie not only for his book Critical Articles and Essays of Vlastizrady, but also for his entire body of work, including as an émigré.
As a translator and publisher, he has striven to bring Czech poetry to French readers, including the poems of Nobel Prize-winner Jaroslav Seifert. He also translated many French avant-garde writers, including André Breton, into Czech.
Král left Czechoslovakia for France after the Warsaw Pact invasion in 1968 and returned to his homeland in 2006. Three years ago he received the Czech State Prize for Literature.
The newly installed Slovak president Zuzana Čaputová, who visited Prague
on Monday, expressed her understanding for people who are demonstrating
against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and for independent judiciary.
Speaking at a concert in her honour at Prague’s Kampa island, the Slovak head of state said drew analogy with last year’s demonstrations in Slovakia against the government led by Prime Minister Robert Fico. "What these demonstrations have in common is their peaceful tone", Mrs Čaputová said.
A series of protest took place in the Czech Republic in recent weeks against PM Babiš and his appointment of Marie Benešová as justice minister. The most recent rally in Prague was attended by an estimated 120,000 people. Another demonstration is due to take place on June 23 on Prague’s Letná plain, the venue of the largest anti-regime demonstrations of November 1989.
The Czech National Heritage Association has called a public tender for the
renovation of Karlštejn Castle. The costs of the renovation are estimated
at 104 million crowns.
The Gothic castle, built in 1357 by the Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV as a treasury for the crown jewels and other precious royal artefacts, is one of the most visited sites outside the capital.
Renovation works are expected to start in September this year and continue until October 2022. Among the places to be reconstructed will be the Imperial Palace and the Burgrave House. The castle will remain open to the public, although some areas might be temporarily closed.
The growing season in the Czech Republic will increase by up to one month
over the next 30 years due to the growing average temperature, scientists
from Brno’s Mendel University told a conference dedicated to climate
change on Thursday.
The early onset of spring will significantly increase the risks of summer droughts and increase damages to harvest caused by spring frosts. Czechs can also expect longer period of droughts, more extreme weather fluctuations and more frequent tropical days, the scientists said.
Three Przewalski mares have been successfully transported to Mongolia on
board a Czech military plane as part of Prague Zoo’s long-term programme
to save the endangered species, the zoo said in a press release on
The Przewalski horse is a rare subspecies native to Mongolia, which became
extinct in the wild in the 1960s. Prague Zoo has played a major role in
saving the horse, breeding it and returning it to its natural environment.
To date, the zoo has sent 34 horses to a nature reserve in the Mongolian steppe, where they have started breeding successfully.