Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has rejected the idea of a special tax on
banks. The ANO leader told reporters on Wednesday that it would cause
disquiet in the business community and harm all of the country’s
citizens. The minister of labour and social affairs, Jana Maláčová of
the Social Democrats, has been advocating for a tax on banks in recent
Ms. Maláčová says that if it is not possible to agree on legislation introducing such taxation with ANO she will submit a bill herself, adding that Czech banks are making record profits.
Mr. Babiš says the matter will be discussed at a coalition meeting.
The Czech Banking Association says 15 EU states have a bank sector tax.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Finance Minister Alena Schillerová are
due to discuss next year’s state budget with representatives of the
Communists on Friday, iDnes.cz reported. The party’s executive committee
will be holding an extraordinary meeting that day and the government
officials hope to persuade them to back a CZK 40 billion deficit when the
2020 budget is voted on.
Communist MP Miloslava Vostrá, who is chair of the lower house’s budget committee, said at the end of August that she would recommend her party leadership support the budget, despite the CZK 40 billion deficit. The party had previously demanded that the deficit not exceed CZK 30 billion.
Under an agreement, the Communists support the minority government of ANO and the Social Democrats on key votes.
The heads of state of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary have
gathered at the Czech president’s residence at Lány near Prague. The
Visegrad Four leaders are due to discuss cooperation within the European
Union following the UK’s departure at the summit, which will run until
Thursday, when the four will be joined by the presidents of Slovenia and
The gathering is taking place within the Czech Republic’s current presidency of the Visegrad Four.
The great Czech singer Karel Gott, who has died at the age of 80, will
receive a state funeral at Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral. A day of
national mourning, with Czech flags flying at half-mast around the country,
will be declared when the funeral takes place.
The honour was proposed by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and approved by the cabinet during a specially convened meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Babiš said such a tribute was appropriate in view of the late star’s eminence.
Karel Gott passed away on Tuesday at the age of 80 after suffering from acute leukaemia. He sold tens of millions of albums in a career spanning almost six decades.
Tributes have been paid to the Czech pop singer Karel Gott, who has died at
the age of 80. President Miloš Zeman said that his death was extremely
said news for the entire country. He said the singer had devoted his life
to generations and was an artist with a capital A.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said Karel Gott had accompanied him from his youth on and done the same for the nation. Referring to the pop star as “master”, he said Gott was one of the greatest of Czechs.
The country’s foreign minister, Tomáš Petříček, said few had done as much as the singer for the good name of the Czech Republic internationally.
Karel Gott, the undisputed king of Czech pop music, has died at the age of
80. The singer succumbed to acute leukaemia with which he was diagnosed
earlier this year.
The singer, who turned 80 in July of this year, has had health problems in the past. In 2016 he successfully underwent chemotherapy due to an outbreak of cancer. In July, he had to cancel his performance at the Benátská Festival in Liberec, where he was planning to celebrate his birthday.
In the course of a career spanning over six decades Gott sold over 50 million albums and collected over 40 Golden Nightingale Awards as the country’s most popular singer.
He was also successful abroad, especially in Germany and Russia, where he toured on numerous occasions.
In 2005 Gott performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall getting a standing ovation from fans.
Relations between the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom must remain
strong after Brexit, British ambassador to the Czech Republic Nick Archer
said in an interview for the CTK news agency.
Mr. Archer said the British government was striving hard to agree on an acceptable Brexit deal with the European Union, but stressed that, even if the country left the EU with no deal, Czechs living in Britain would not be restricted in their present rights.
He said the UK had offered very generous provisions in the “Lex Brexit” law protecting the rights of Czechs and the citizens of other EU member states living in the UK.
Those offered by the Czech government to British nationals are slightly less generous, mainly as far as health care is concerned, and talks with the Czech government about this continue, Mr. Archer said.
The British ambassador to the Czech Republic said the embassy organizes regular meetings with British nationals living in the Czech Republic to inform them about the possible impacts of a no-deal Brexit.
The last one took place in mid-September and the next should be held in October.
Czech pilots patrolling Baltic airspace, within the NATO Baltic Air
Policing operation, have had to intervene in five cases of air-space
violations since they took over the defence mission on September 1st, Czech
Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar told the ctk news agency.
All the incidents in which Czech Gripen fighter jets identified and intercepted uncommunicative aircraft concerned Russian planes.
The Czech Republic has five Gripen fighter jets and some 70 soldiers stationed at Amari base in Estonia. Its mission will end on December 31st of 2019.