Leaders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary have expressed
their support for the integration of the West Balkan countries into the
The heads of state, who attended a two-day V4 meeting at the Czech president’s residence in Lány near Prague, have also called for maintaining the same amount of funds allocated for cohesion policy in the EU’s long term budget.
The heads of state of Serbia and Slovenia joined the meeting on Thursday to discuss the prospect of EU enlargement.
The gathering took place within the Czech Republic’s current presidency of the Visegrad Four.
Sales of new passenger cars in the Czech Republic in the first three
quarters of 2018 dropped by eight percent year-on-year to 191,110,
according to figures released by the Car Importers Association on Thursday.
The month of September saw a rise by 8.5 percent to 15.770 sold cars. The biggest seller in the period was Škoda with over 64,656 cars, followed by Volkswagen and Hyundai.
Archaeologists have discovered that the largest part of the former WWII
internment camp for Romanies in Lety was located on the premises of the pig
farm, which was built at the site under the Communist regime. Head of the
archaeological team, Pavel Vařeka, unveiled the recent findings at a press
conference on Thursday.
According to him, the ruins of the camp were still visible in the 1970s, when the pig farm was built at the site. After years of negotiations, the government in 2017 agreed to buy out the farm and turn the place into a memorial to the victims of the Romani Holocaust, which is to open by 2023.
More than 300 Roma men, women and children died at the site during WWII.
Czech singer Karel Gott, who has died at the age of 80, will be buried with
state honours, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced at a press conference
The government revoked its earlier decision to organize a state funeral at Prague’s St. Vitus cathedral. It also called off its plan to declare a day of national mourning.
The date and place of the funeral is to be announced later on Thursday.
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.
The population of the Czech Republic grew by nearly 40,000 in 2018 to
10,649,800 people, according to data released by the Czech Statistics
Office on Thursday. It is the biggest increase since the end of WWII.
As in recent years, the numbers were driven by immigration, mainly from Ukraine and Slovakia.
The biggest population rise was recorded in the over-65 age group, which increased by 46,400 to over two million, while the working-age population continues to decline.
The number of marriages in 2018 increased to 54,470, a ten-year-high, while the number of divorces dropped to 24,313, which the lowest figure since 2000.
The current spell of cold and wet weather brought the season’s first snow
to the Krkonoše Mountains in the north of the country.
Fresh snow fell overnight in areas over 1,200 metres above sea level and meteorologists expect more snow to fall during the day. The temperature at the country’s highest mountain, Sněžka, is currently below zero.
The mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, says a street or other public area in
the city could be named after the popular Czech singer Karel Gott, who died
this week. Mr. Hřib, who represents the Pirate Party, said he would put
the idea to the rest of the coalition that runs the Czech capital. The
authorities in Prague 5, where Karel Gott lived, have also discussed
honouring him in this manner.
The singer was born in Plzeň but spent most of his life in Prague. He passed away on Tuesday at the age of 80 after suffering from leukaemia. He sold tens of millions of albums in a career spanning almost six decades.
Slavia Prague were beaten 2:0 by Borussia Dortmund in football’s
Champions League in the Czech capital on Wednesday night. Both of the
Bundesliga side’s goals were scored by defender Achraf Hakimi, who found
the net on 35 minutes and again in the dying moments of the match.
Wednesday’s result leaves Slavia second from bottom of their group on one point, ahead of Inter Milan on goal difference. The Czech league champions – who drew at Inter in their opening game – will play host to Spanish giants Barcelona on October 23.
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.
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