In a vote scheduled for Thursday, the Social Democrats will not support
taking President Miloš Zeman to the Constitutional Court for gross
violation of the constitution, Novinky.cz reported on Tuesday.
Representatives of the junior party in the governing coalition announced
their intentions after a deputies’ group meeting.
The bill, which has already been approved by the Senate, would need the votes of three-fifths of the country’s 200 MPs to be passed. This is seen as very unlikely.
The senators behind the move initially accused the president and his staff of seeking to influence the judiciary. Seven other charges of violating the constitution have also been levelled against him, including not acting in line with official foreign policy and failing to remove or appoint a government minister.
Teaching trade unions in the Czech Republic have announced a strike alert.
The move came after representatives failed to reach agreement on pay
increases with the minister of education, Robert Plaga, on Tuesday. The
head of the teachers unions, František Dobšík, said the amount the
minister was offering was unacceptable.
Mr. Plaga proposed a rise of CZK 2,250 a month for all teachers and an average of around CZK 1,400 a month in bonuses.
The teachers unions had been demanding a 15-percent pay rise. They later revised that figure to 10 percent but insist that it should all appear in their members’ basic pay.
Despite increases in recent years, teachers’ pay in the Czech Republic
remains low in comparison to that in other professions, according to a new
study produced by the Prague-based Institute for Democracy and Economic
Analysis. The report found that educators’ salaries in this country are
among the lowest in all developed countries.
The authors said this is due to the fact the Czech Republic spends around a third less of its GDP on education than is common in developed states.
Following a rise in January, Czech teachers received an average of around CZK 36,200 a month in the first quarter of this year.
Czech Post is not planning to shut any branches in villages, the minister
of the interior, Jan Hamáček, said on Tuesday after a meeting with the
chairman of the Union of Towns and Municipalities, František Lukl. The
postal system falls under the Ministry of the Interior.
Mr. Hamáček said in a statement that Czech Post should go into profit within three years thanks to a planned restructuring.
Mr. Lukl said the mayors of small urban centres had been disquieted by Prime Minster Andrej Babiš, who said Czech Post was dead and should be transformed into a private company. This gave rise to fears of branch closures.
Confidence in Czech economy fell to 94.6 index points in September, the
lowest in five years, according to data released by the Czech Statistics
The business confidence indicator decreased by 0.7 to 92.9 compared to the previous month, as expectations deteriorated among retailers, and consumer confidence fell by 1.8 to 103.3 index points.
Business confidence in Czech Republic averaged at 93.20 index points from 1993 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 106.60 index points in February of 2007 and a record low of 69.10 index points in March of 1999.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has criticized the focus on words rather than
actions at the United Nations Climate Action Summit at which he represented
the Czech Republic.
Speaking to journalists the Czech prime minister said the Czech Republic would not get its voice heard at the conference despite the fact that it was adhering to the 2015 Paris Agreement targets. “There are many here who have failed in this respect, but are unveiling ambitious plans for the future,“ Mr. Babiš noted.
The Czech prime minister was not alone criticizing the hollow tone of the promises made. The BBC reported that China, India and Russia, were given the change to address the conference despite being the world’s biggest polluters.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, made an emotional speech at the summit, slamming world leaders for their "business as usual" attitude and saying future generations would never forgive them if they failed to act.
Pavel Podruh, founder of the Czech start-up Self-Sufficient Houses, is the
first Czech ever to receive the Outstanding Young Person Award given by
Junior Chamber International (JCI). He was awarded for innovations in the
field and for promoting the idea of ecologically-friendly housing.
The Outstanding Young Person Award is an international programme celebrated annually by JCI to honour young persons or leaders that have had an impact on positive change in the community or have achieved something outstanding in their chosen field.
The 2019 Jaroslav Seifert Prize will go to the esteemed Czech philosopher,
writer and translator Miroslav Petříček for his work Filosofie en noir,
published by Charles University press. The award will be handed over at
Prague City Hall in December.
The Jaroslav Seifert Prize is a prestigious Czech literary prize created by the Charta 77 Foundation in Stockholm in January 1986.
The prize is named after the Nobel Prize winning Czechoslovak writer, poet and journalist, Jaroslav Seifert, and is awarded for an outstanding work of poetry or fiction published in the course of the past three years in the Czech Republic or abroad.
During the communist era it was awarded to authors in exile.