A Baroque structure in Prague’s Stromovka Park that used to house a
restaurant before falling into disrepair in the 1960s is set to reopen next
year. Šlechtova restaurace, originally built in the 17th century as a
summer residence, will be operated by the Prague brewery Vinohradský
pivovar, which has also been tasked with turning it into an arts centre.
The renovation of the building is currently being completed by restorers. Prague 7 officials say the outdoor part of the facility at least will open in 2020.
Trust in President Miloš Zeman remains virtually unchanged from last year,
suggests a poll by the STEM agency. In 2018 some 56 percent of those
surveyed said they trusted the head of state; this year the figure was 57
The over 60s are more likely to approve of President Zeman, with more than three-thirds of respondents in the poll saying he enjoyed their trust. Among those aged 29 or younger the figure is 43 percent, a fall from last year.
An attack on the computers of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs was
most likely carried out by another state, according to the National Cyber
and Information Security Service. The agency informed the Senate’s
Committee for Defence and Security of its findings and on Tuesday committee
members called on the government to ensure that the National Cyber and
Information Security Service devoted all the necessary attention and
resources to the issue.
Deník N reported that a cyber-attack on the Czech Foreign Ministry carried out in June was most probably the work of Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU. The news website said this had been confirmed to it by a number of very well placed sources.
The first burčák of 2019 has gone on sale in South Moravia, the Czech
News Agency reported on Tuesday. Among those offering the fermented young
wine is Miloslav Machuča from Valtice, who began selling it on Friday. Mr.
Machuča said this year’s grapes were of high quality and in plentiful
supply, meaning that 2019 burčák is also good.
The appearance of burčák, which is fizzy and can resemble fruit juice, is linked to the start of the country’s grape harvesting season.
The Prague Municipal Court has ordered Tomio Okamura of the Freedom and
Direct Democracy party to apologise over making false claims against a news
website. In a Facebook post Mr. Okamura said that HlídacíPes.org was
connected financially to the billionaire George Soros. He also called the
website “fraudulent” and referred to its staff as a “media
The Freedom and Direct Democracy chief has appealed the verdict.
Mr. Okamura made the Facebook post after HlídacíPes wrote in December 2017 that he had failed to make public the sale of his share in a Prague restaurant.
The Czech Republic’s grain harvest should be 8 percent higher this year
than in 2018, according to official estimates released on Tuesday. When it
comes to cereals, both yield per hectare and total area sowing area have
increased on last year.
By contrast the oilseed rape harvest is expected to fall by 15.3 percent this year. Earlier estimates for both crops had been higher.
A quality of life survey has again found Říčany in Central Bohemia to be
the best municipality in the Czech Republic. Prague was judged second best
place to live in the study of 206 municipalities, which was carried out by
the company Obce v datech and Deloitte.
Orlová in the Moravian Silesian Region was judged to have the lowest quality of life, repeating its position last year.
The survey takes into account 29 factors, including level of health, environment, access to health care, quality of services and conditions for work, housing and education.
The minister of finance, ANO appointee Alena Schillerová, says more money
will be available to individual government departments than previously
planned. The prognosis for expansion of gross domestic product has improved
while savings have also been made in servicing the state debt, Czech
Ms. Schillerová says the 2020 state budget could be up to CZK 10 billion higher than previously projected. This will be clear by the end of August, she said.
The finance chief has already agreed deals with a number of cabinet colleagues on their ministries’ budgets for next year.
The Social Democrats, the junior party in the coalition, are pushing for more money for certain areas.
Unions and organisations of hospitals, medics and doctors have called for
health spending to be increased to 9 percent of Czech gross domestic
product. Representatives of 13 organisations made the demand at a news
conference on Monday. At present less than 7 percent of the country’s GDP
goes toward the healthcare sector.
The groups in question have also called for CZK 25 billion from the reserves of the country’s health insurers to be put into healthcare in 2020. However, the minister of health, ANO appointee Adam Vojtěch, has described this as a short-term solution that would only suffice for one year.