Juraj Herz’s 1969 film The Cremator will be screened in a digitally
restored version at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,
organisers said on Tuesday. The festival has presented a number of restored
classic Czech films in recent years.
Karlovy Vary, which begins at the end of June, will mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolutoin with a series of seven films shot between 1989 and 1995. It will also feature a retrospective of works by the great Egyptian director Youssef Chahine. Czech actress Jiřina Bohdalová will appear in this year’s festival trailer.
Třinec have reached the final series in the playoffs of the ice hockey
Extraliga after beating Plzeň 5:1 on Monday evening to win their
semi-final series 4:3 on games. Two of Třinec’s goals came from forward
Vladimír Dravecký, who was actually deployed in defence.
Třinec will now face Liberec, who overcame Kometa Brno – winners of the last two Extraliga titles – in the other semi-final.
Traffic police in the Czech Republic are due to intensify their activities
on the countries roads on Wednesday ahead of the Easter holiday weekend,
Czech Television reported. Officers expect the heaviest traffic on Thursday
and Easter Monday. Both Monday and Good Friday are state holidays in the
Traffic police chief Tomáš Lerch said that road deaths tended to be higher when Easter is later and the weather is warm, as it is expected to be at the weekend. Such conditions bring more motorcyclists and cyclists onto the roads, while alcohol consumption may also be up, he said.
The European Commission will prepare a conclusive report on its
investigation into allegations of conflict of interest on the part of Czech
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš by May 15, the EU’s Budget Commissioner
Günther Oettinger said after a closed meeting of the Budget and Human
Resources Committee on Monday.
The Czech government will then have two months to respond to the report before it is made public, Commissioner Oettinger said.
EU auditors have been examining documents at the Czech State Agricultural Intervention Fund and a number of ministries in connection with allegations of conflict of interest on the part of the Czech prime minister and the company Agrofert, which he placed in trust funds two years ago.
Critics say that Mr. Babiš is still able to influence Agrofert despite it being in trust funds. They also say that as prime minister he has influence over negotiations on the EU budget and the use of European funds in the Czech Republic.
President Miloš Zeman will appoint two new ministers to the Babiš
government on April 30th, the Office of the President said on Monday. The
head of state met with the ministerial nominees on Monday to discuss their
priorities in office.
Vladimír Kremlík who is to take over the transport ministry portfolio said he would strive to increase the pace of highway reconstruction and push ahead with plans to build a train link to Prague’s Václav Havel Airport while Karel Havlíček, who is to be the new minister of trade and industry, highlighted the need to focus on the country’s long-term energy concept, reduce the price of mobile data and support entrepreneurs and exporters.
The ministerial nominees will replace Transport Minister Dan Ťok, who is leaving office at his own request following months of severe criticism from the opposition and Trade Minister Marta Nováková, whose dismissal the Prime Minister Babiš announced last week, citing discontent with her performance.
Transport Minister Dan Ťok, who announced his decision to leave the
government last week, said on Monday he would also be vacating his seat in
the lower house of Parliament.
Ťok was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 2017 as an independent running on the ticket of the ruling ANO party. He has served as transport minister since 2014.
Ťok said he was resigning as minister because of the persistent attacks against him. He did not reveal his plans for the future.
Czech companies have started leaving tax havens such as Malta and Lichtenstein, according to statistics published by Bisnode. In the first quarter of this year the number of Czech firms based in tax havens dropped by 259, which is a bigger drop than in the preceding three years put together. The number of Czech firms operating from tax havens in now just over 12,500. According to Bisnode analysts it is too early to say whether this is a trend or a one-off occurrence.
In 2018 the Czech Republic had the 13th fastest-growing economy in the
European Union, according to the head of the Czech Statistics Office, Marek
With a growth of 2.9 percent, the Czech economy surpassed that of some of the founding EU members such as Germany and was significantly above the EU average.
In 2018 Czech economic growth dropped to 2.9 percent from 4.5 the previous year.
The economy was driven by investments and consumer spending but hampered by lower foreign demand. The fastest-growing economies were those of Ireland, Malta and Poland.