Interior Minister Jan Hamáček and Police President Jan Švejdar met with
President Miloš Zeman at Lány Chateau on Saturday to outline the
priorities of the force.
They discussed the need to fight economic crime, drugs related crime and improve road safety.
The president expressed appreciation of the work of the force and rising public trust in the police.
Jan Švejdar took up the post in December of last year.
The ANO party of the ruling coalition would win general elections, if they
were held today, according to a survey conducted by the CVVM agency.
ANO would get 30 percent of the vote, followed by the opposition Pirate Party and the Civic Democrats which would both get 15 percent.
The Social Democrats would come fourth with 11 percent, just ahead of the Communist Party which would get 10 percent.
The only other parties which stand a chance of crossing the five percent threshold needed to win seats in the lower house are the Christian Democrats, the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party and the Mayors and Independents.
A travelling exhibition on the life and legacy of Jan Zajíc, who set
himself on fire to protest against growing public apathy to the Soviet
led-invasion in 1968, opened in his home town of Vítkov on Friday.
Zajíc set himself on fire in a passage off Wenceslas Square on February 25th 1969, close to the place where student Jan Palach made the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to rouse the nation a month earlier.
Zajíc, who felt that further protest actions were needed, set himself on fire on the 21st anniversary of the communist putsch in 1948.
The exhibition of texts and photographs reflecting his life and legacy will travel around the country in the coming months.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, who is on a working visit to
the United States, on Friday met for talks with his US
counterpart,Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The two officials discussed cyber-security, the situation in Syria and Afghanistan and the US administration’s stated intention to impose tariffs on European car-makers.
Minister Petříček tweeted shortly after the meeting that the two sides had praised the state of bilateral relations and cooperation in third countries. He said he had taken a strong stand against tariffs and a possible trade war between Europe and the US, expressing the hope that this scenario could be averted in the coming weeks and months.
The Czech foreign minister said the US had welcomed the fact that the Czech Republic took cyber-security and the warnings regarding the Chinese company Huawei seriously.
He said he had extended an invitation for US Secretary of State Pompeo to visit the Czech Republic.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch has said he wants to order a blanket
vaccination of doctors and nurses in high-risk departments, such as ER,
against measles in view of the growing number of infected patients in
In January and February alone doctors have registered 51 cases, as compared to 103 cases in all of 2018.
The spread of measles is attributed to the fact that more parents are refusing to get their children vaccinated for fear of side effects. Doctors say this poses a serious problem for the whole society.
Czech veterinary inspectors have traced all of the deliveries of Polish
beef which were part of a shipment infected with the Salmonella virus, a
spokesman for the Veterinary Authority reported.
Overall the suspect shipment amounted to 700 kg of beef, delivered to stores, restaurants, school canteens and hospitals. According to inspectors 110 kg of the meat has already been consumed.
The Czech Republic has introduced strict controls on all beef imports from Poland. Although Poland protested against the move, the European Commission said on Friday it was up to the Czech authorities to take reasonable measures aimed at protecting consumers.
If US President Donald Trump were to impose tariffs on European car makers,
the Czech economy would suffer a loss of approximately 26 billion crowns
and an estimated 25,000 people would lose their jobs, which is 0,5 percent
of all employees.
The figures, cited by the news site ihned, were released by the Vienna Institute of Economic Studies. According to an assessment by the Czech Trade and Industry Ministry tariffs could hit Czech exports to the US to the tune of 750 million euros or 20 billion crowns.
The possible impact of a trade war between Europe and the US is expected to dominate talks between US President Donald Trump and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš at the White House on March 7th.
Czechs spend a bigger share of their family budget on alcohol and
cigarettes than they invest in their health, according to Eurostat data
cited by the daily Hospodářské noviny.
One in nine adults has a drink problem and one in four smokes. This is the wort result in a comparative study of EU member states.
On average a Czech family spends 3.3 percent of its annual budget on alcoholic beverages and 4.3 percent on cigarettes, while 0.5 percent of the budget is spent on education and 2.4 percent on medicines and other health products.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, who is on an official visit to
the US, is due to meet for talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on
The two sides are expected to discuss trade relations, in particular the tariffs that the US administration is planning to impose on European car makers, cyber-security, and the situation in Syria and Afghanistan, among others.
It is the first visit by a Czech foreign minister to the US since 2012.