The Czech Constitution dictates that the president is obliged to satisfy
the prime minister’s request to recall a member of his government, the
President of the Constitutional Court Pavel Rychetský told the daily
Lidové noviny in an interview published on Sunday. The judge went on to
say that while the specific date for the action is not stipulated in law,
the president should act without delay. In such a situation, Dr. Rychetsky
says, the presidential function is not that of an institution cooperating
with the prime minister, but rather one that executes his decision.
President Miloš Zeman has recently come under criticism for his delay in accepting the resignation of Culture Minister Antonín Staněk and his unwillingness to accept the Social Democrat nominee for the position, Michal Šmarda. The Czech Senate voted in favour of a constitutional complaint against the president’s actions earlier this week and the complaint will now be subject to a vote in the lower house of Parliament before it can be reviewed by the Constitutional Court.
An amendment to the child protection law, currently being prepared by the
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, is counting on increasing the
monthly state allowance for children in child homes by about a quarter to
CZK 28,200 in 2020, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday.
Currently there are 57 such homes in the Czech Republic with 815 spots for children, but childcare management has long been complaining about the lack of funding.
Because the number of children in child homes is decreasing, the ministry does not expect this will lead to increased expenses. Instead, the number of spaces at such facilities will be lowered and the length at which children stay there decreased.
Having a tattoo is no longer a social stigma or a potential career problem,
at least according to a July survey conducted by market researcher Behavio,
which gathered 3,500 respondents. More than a half of respondents said they
find tattoos appealing, while only one fifth believes that they could cause
their owners problems at the workplace.
While tattoos are largely seen as fine, more than a third of people who have one said they regret getting it today. Most usually, these respondents said it was the result of a rash decision during their youth.
The 45th annual Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště saw its opening
ceremony on Saturday evening. At the launch, film and television
screenwriter Hynek Bočan received the annual Association of Czech Film
Clubs Award. The association said the playful and intelligent nature of Mr.
Bočan's films were among the reasons behind the award. The
81-year-old's new film Bumerang was then screened at the festival.
Polish director Lech Majewski and Slovak actor Milan Lasica are also expected to receive awards this year.
The ten day long Summer Film School features 200 films and will run until August 4th. This year, organisers have divided the programme into three sections: History, the Present and Czechia/Slovakia.
Most deputies who are members of the Permanent Commission on Oversight over
the Security Information Service (BIS), the country's civilian
counterintelligence agency, believe it is doing good work. The information
is the result of a Czech News Agency survey conducted on the occasion of
the 25th anniversary of the Intelligence Services Act which defined their
tasks and control mechanisms.
The deputy-head of the commission Robert Králíček from the ANO party said that it is also thanks to the good work of BIS that the country is one of the safest in the world. Another committee member, Marek Benda from the Civic Democrats, praised the service's intelligence liaison capabilities, as well as its work on countering terrorist and cyber threats. He did say however, that in the area of economic threats he felt the service relied too much on rumours.
Some opposition members of the committee highlighted their worries over the service in view of pressure from President Miloš Zeman, who expressed himself unfavourably about its work in 2018, while Radek Rozvoral from the Freedom and Direct Democracy party said that Czech intelligence services were doing good work but should be more careful with some of the statements they release publicly.
The Czech Republic's Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček
visited Afghanistan this week, two months before the country's
presidential elections. The Social Democrat minister highlighted the need
for further peace talks in the country after a meeting with the Asian
state's government representatives. He also met with the Chief
Executive of the Islamic Republic Abdullah Abdullah, who is one of the men
currently running in the country's presidential elections.
The trip included a visit to Bagram Air Field, where Mr. Petříček met with Czech soldiers and praised their work.
Czech athlete Petra Kuříková won the silver medal at the ETU Sprint
Triathlon European Championships in Kazan on Saturday. Ms. Kuříková was
only beaten by Julie Derron from Switzerland who came in first with 21
seconds to spare. Spain's Tamara Gómez Garrido came in third, 13
seconds behind the Czech.
Ms. Kuříková's second place finish is the best so far for the Czech Republic at the European sprint triathlon competition.
Prague is planning to ban the mooring of boats which do not fulfill the
required emissions criteria, Prague City Hall spokesman Vít Hofman told
the Czech News Agency on Saturday. Unlike cars, the engines on boats and
ships are currently not subject to inspection. This despite the fact that
many are powered by old engines which release large amounts of fumes.
According to Mr. Hoffman, it is not within the city's competency to regulate traffic on the Vltava, but it can choose which vessels are allowed to anchor on the river. Those boats and ships which do not fulfill the EU's Euro 5 emission rules, will therefore not be able to anchor on Prague's shores from January 1, 2021.