According to the Global Slavery Index, there are currently over 30,000
people living in “modern slavery” in the Czech Republic, Czech Radio
reported on Sunday. Offenders use them mainly for seasonal work or in
The Czech Republic presently ranks 108th out of 167 countries on the Global Slavery Index. The country sentenced 16 people for human trafficking last year, according to data released by the Ministry of the Interior.
The victims are mostly people from socially disadvantaged groups and foreigners, mainly from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania or Vietnam.
Czech police officers helped Bosnian security forces destroy over 220kg of
heavy aerial bombs from World War II in an area close to Sana River in the
northwest of the country at the weekend, local media reported.
Twenty Czech police officers are currently deployed in Bosnia within the framework of cooperation in the field of security between the Czech Republic and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Czech police divers have been involved in mine clearance in Bosnia since 2012.
The Vltava embankment near Podoli in Prague was closed to cyclists and
pedestrians for over an hour on Sunday morning after two men pulled a hand
grenade from the river.
Explosives experts confirmed it was a Mark II Fragmentation Hand Grenade from WWII which had been buried in the muddy bottom of the river for years. It was deactivated without the need to restrict cars and trams in the area.
The Czech government is expected to confirm the nomination of Věra
Jourová for a post in the new European Commission on Monday. The choice
has received broad approval both from government officials and the
Ms. Jourová is currently the European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is hoping that her experience will increase the country’s chances of getting a more ambitious portfolio, such as the internal market or digitalization.
The agricultural trade fair Země Živitelka in České Budějovice
culminated with a traditional harvest festival at the weekend, attracting
thousands of visitors.
Farmers from around the country took part in the traditional harvest parade that included majorettes, horse riders and falconers, as well as a live badger.
Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman thanked farmers for their good work and for being increasingly friendly to the environment. He said that despite problems with drought the agricultural sector was in good shape.
The trade fair, the largest domestic show of agricultural equipment, products and animals, attracts over 100,000 visitors every year. It closes on Monday.
Several people gathered on Saturday to clean-up the statue of Soviet
Marshal Ivan Konev which had been splattered with red paint on the
anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The police did
not intervene, the ctk news agency reported.
The local administration had refused to remove the paint, saying it reflected public opinion and calling on the Russian Embassy to enter into talks on moving the statue to embassy grounds.
Marshal Konev is perceived as a controversial figure in the Czech Republic. Although he helped liberate the country from Nazi oppression, he was also involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
Individual ministries negotiated an overall increase in expenditures of
around 17.5 billion crowns in 2020 above the expenditures projected in the
June draft budget, Finance Minister Alena Schillerova told journalists
following a week of one-one-one meetings with cabinet minister.
Another 492 million is expected to be earmarked for digitization and IT projects.
Despite the increase in expenditures the budget deficit should not exceed 40 billion crowns.
According to the finance minister, higher spending will be made possible by the new macroeconomic forecast and savings in state debt payments.
A Czech national with more than five kilograms of cocaine in his luggage
was arrested at the airport near Montevideo, in Uruguay on Friday, local
media reported citing Uruguayan Interior Ministry sources.
The man is reported to have spent three days in the country and intended to board a flight to Hong Kong. The man is in custody, awaiting interrogation.