Ministry of the Interior is preparing to take legal action against the
Czech Republic’s anti-trust authority after it overturned a tender
process to purchase police cars for over CZK 2 billion, Czech Television
reported. The Office for the Protection of Business Competition argued that
the tender favoured Škoda Auto. Ministry officials say the ruling is
The Ministry of the Interior wishes to buy up to 4,000 vehicles that would replace police cars with over 260,000 kilometres on the clock.
South Moravian Region police chief Leoš Tržil told Czech Television that the overturning of the tender decision put police work in danger.
More than 100 people have petitioned the local authority in Prague 3
seeking to have the name of the street Koněvova changed, the news site
Pražský deník reported. The street, a key artery in the capital, has
been named after Red Army general Ivan Konev since 1946, a year after the
Soviets liberated some parts of the Czech lands, including Prague.
However, Konev was also the supreme commander of Russian forces during the violent suppression of the Hungarian Uprising in 1956.
Some residents of the Žižkov district are against renaming the street, arguing that it would involve excessive bureaucracy, Pražský deník said.
The Czech state has put CZK 927 million into a system of locks on the Labe
(Elbe) River that has not yet been built, the Supreme Audit Office says.
The auditors say that water transport has in the long term played a very
small role in the expedition of goods in the Czech Republic.
The Supreme Audit Authority was looking into a Ministry of Regional Development project launched in 2014 to foster water transport in the Czech Republic.
Only about 1 percent of all cargo in the Czech Republic is transported by water. The main reason for this is the unreliability of the Labe and Vltava rivers, which are not always navigable.
The project examined by the auditors conceives of the construction of a lock system at Děčín.
Employees in the Czech branch of Chinese company Huawei routinely collect
sensitive data about officials and business people with whom they come into
contact and share it with the country’s embassy, Czech Radio’s flagship
station Radiožurnál reports.
The station found evidence of the practice while examining how Huawei operates in the Czech Republic. Two former company managers, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed close cooperation between Huawei workers and Chinese intelligence, despite the company’s denials.
Czech and Western intelligence services are convinced that to have Huawei roll out national infrastructure such as the 5G network would represent a security threat. The company told Radiožurnál in a statement that it fully complies with GDPR rules regarding privacy.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has said that Huawei is being tarred without any proof as part of what he called unfair business practices.
The leader of the opposition Civic Democrats, Petr Fiala, says he plans to
hold talks on possible cooperation with other conservative and liberal
parties before the next scheduled general elections in 2021, Czech
Television reported. Mr. Fiala said he wished to form a team that would
defeat government leaders ANO and carry out reforms in education,
digitalisation and the battle against bureaucracy.
The chairman of the Mayors and Independents, Vít Rakušan, has already raised the idea of building a bloc of parties before the next elections. This call was welcomed by TOP 09, while the Czech Pirate Party said they would prefer to go it alone.
Reigning Czech football champions Slavia Prague maintained their perfect
start to the new season by sailing past Teplice 5:1 away in the second
round. Teplice were reduced to 10 men for almost 45 minutes of Sunday
evening’s game after Jakub Mareš was sent off.
Viktoria Plzeň and Opava also have six points from two outings after beating Liberec and Příbram, respectively, at the weekend.
The Czech 400 metres hurdles specialist Zuzana Hejnová finished second in
a Diamond League athletics meeting in London on Sunday. Hejnová’s time
of 54.33 was her second best of the season and she was only beaten by
Rushell Clayton of Jamaica. No US athletes took part in the hurdles in
London in view of their forthcoming national championships.
Hejnová, who is 32, is a two-time world champion in 400 metres hurdles, winning in 2013 and 2015.
The Czech Republic’s Under-19s football squad lost to Ireland in their
final group game on Sunday evening in Yerevan, Armenia by a score of 1:2.
Ireland scored first. While the Czechs would equalise with 10 minutes to go, thanks to a clever back-heel by Dynamo Dresden forward Vasil Kušej, Ireland would retake the lead thanks to Celtic’s Barry Coffey.
Like Ireland, the Czech Republic went into the match with a loss to France, the favourites, but a goal-free draw with Norway condemned them to last place in Group B.
Sunday’s result and France’s win over Norway ensured Ireland would finish second in the group. Ireland next face Portugal while France take on Spain.
The Czech Republic’s best showing at the under-19 European Championship’s came in 2011 where they finished as runners-up.
Union leaders at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes
(ÚSTR) have called on Senators to reject the election of former interior
minister František Bublan to the institute’s council.
ÚSTR's Miroslav Vodrážka and Petr Blažek argue that the former minister tried to dissolve the institute and therefore is not suited to join it. Bublan has denied that assertion.
Senators have the authority to appoint ÚSTR’s seven council members. Four candidates are proposed by civic initiatives, two by the Lower House of Parliament and one by the Czech President.
MPs have proposed Bublan and the historian Eduard Stehlík. The Senate is due to choose the councilors this coming week.
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