The planned new reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power plant in south
Moravia should be built by a subsidiary of the ČEZ energy company, prime
minister and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš said on Thursday. The power
giant ČEZ, which is 70 percent state-owned, operates both the Dukovany and
Temelín power plants.
The head of government also said his cabinet was convinced that the new reactor would pay off. ČEZ conditioned the construction of the new reactor by an electricity price guarantee from the government, but the demand has so far not been met.
The University of Zurich has cancelled a lecture by Czech Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš at the opening of an exhibition about Czechoslovak
immigration to Switzerland.
The event was cancelled after the university received an open letter from Czechoslovak immigrants, who complained that Mr Babiš was listed as an agent of the Czechoslovak communist-era secret police.
The exhibition, called Second Life: Stories of people who found a new home in Switzerland after 1968, opens at the University of Zurich on December 3.
The new apostolic nuncio to the Czech Republic, Charles Daniel Balvo, is
set to arrive in the Czech Republic on Thursday. The American, who has
already served at the Prague nunciature, was appointed to the post by Pope
Francis in September of this year. He will replace Giuseppe Leanza, who has
served as apostolic nuncio to the Czech Republic for the past seven years.
Mr Balvo will be the fifth papal nuncio to the Czech Republic since 1990. Among his first tasks will be to choose candidates to replace Cardinal Dominik Duka in the post of Prague Archbishop, when his term in office expires.
Estonian prime minister Jüri Ratas arrives in Prague on Thursday to meet
with his Czech counterpart, Andrej Babiš ahead of a conference on
digitalisation, so-called eGovernment, and the single EU digital market.
The two leaders will also discuss the possible strengthening of cooperation between the Visegrad Group and the Baltic States and relations between the EU and Russia.
Estonia has been an early and effective adopter of digitalisation, earning it the nickname of “e-Stonia”, and Mr Ratas will share his country’s experiences at the conference on Friday.
According to a study by the consultancy McKinsey presented in Prague on Wednesday, Czech economic growth, now at 3.4 percent, could increase by a full percentage point if it pushes ahead with digitalisation.
McKinsey says high employment and consumer demand have been the main drivers of Czech GDP growth, but in the future automation and the adaption of new technologies will erase jobs.
The Supreme Administrative Court has dismissed a cassation complaint by
Prague City Districts and other groups against the capital’s Municipal
Court judgment to allow the building of a third runway at Prague’s main
The applicants had sought to annul an amendment to the City Development Principles Act, which defines the scope of the planned runway at the international airport in the Prague 6 district of Ruzyně, named after the late Czech president Václav Havel.
The case was filed by the districts of Dolní Chabry, Ďáblice, Lysolaje, Nebušice, Satalice and Suchdol. They argue that the third runway would greatly increase noise in residential areas.
Social Democrat MPs will not be present for Friday’s scheduled
no-confidence vote in the government led by ANO party chairman Andrej
Babiš, the ČTK news agency reports.
In total only 92 MPs have said they will not back the government while 101 votes are needed for the move to pass, so a walk-out by the Social Democrats is a symbolic move that will not change the outcome.
Social Democrats chairman Jan Hamáček has favours remaining in the coalition government with ANO but has suggested that Mr. Babiš could go as prime minister, a move supported by the Prague branch of the Social Democrats.
Mr Babiš has been embroiled in scandal since his son said he had wanted him to “disappear” during an ongoing criminal investigation into the prime minister’s alleged illegal use of EU subsidies that went to the Stork’s Next complex near Prague.
Customs officers in Ostrava on have announced the seizure of 110 kilograms
of pseudoephedrine tablets likely intended for making pervitin, a kind of
Officials estimate the street value of the finished product would exceed 20 million crowns.
The number of young Czechs addicted to pervitin has risen sharply over the past decade, according to National Anti-Drug Centre, from 25,000 in 2008 to some 35,000 today.
Doctors say more people are addicted to pervetin that to any other hard drug here.
A bark beetle infestation that has affected spruce forests throughout the
country – said to be the worst in the past 200 years – is likely to
double in 2019, acorrding to a forest management expert at the Ministry of
Due to the infestation, the Czech Republic’s largely coniferous forests are facing extensive felling of trees, which could negatively impact many animal species, including hawks and white-tailed eagles.
The ministry is calling for amending the Forestry Act and implementing a crisis plan.
Czechs borrow most in the weeks leading up to Christmas, including by
taking advantage of credit offered by retailers, according to a new survey
commissioned by the Czech Consumers’ Association.
During the course of the year, on average about 27 percent have borrowed beyond their means. Twice as many do so between mid-November and early December, the survey found.
Anti-corruption police officers staged raids on Wednesday morning at the
headquarters of both the Ministry for Regional Development and the state
The Prague Public Prosecutor's Office said the officers were collecting evidence related to CzechTourism contracts but declined to elaborate.
Two years ago, police investigated the agency after the Supreme Audit Office filed a criminal complaint over spending discrepancies.