The ANO-appointed minister of finance, Alena Schillerová, says that if the
Social Democrats put forward a special tax on the banking sector it would
be in breach of the coalition agreement.
The latter party’s minister for labour and social affairs, Jana Maláčová, said last week that she would submit a bill on a banks tax herself if no agreement was reached with ANO on the matter.
Speaking on Czech Television on Sunday, Minster Schillerová said if her cabinet colleague actually put forward legislation to that effect it could spell the end of the coalition government.
Ms. Maláčová argues that Czech banks are making record profits.
The Czech Banking Association says 15 EU states have a bank sector tax.
The renowned Czech actress and Charter 77 signatory Vlasta Chramostová has
died at the age of 92. Chramostová appeared in the classic 1969 film The
Cremator, the 1990s movie Sekal Has to Die and in Václav Havel’s film
adaptation of his own play Leaving, among other screen roles. The news of
her death was announced on Sunday by the Czech National Theatre, where she
was a member of the cast for many years.
Vlasta Chramostová was banned from appearing on screen, on TV or on radio following her rejection of the Soviet occupation that began in August 1968. After some short theatre engagements she was restricted to acting in underground productions, often in private apartments, until the Velvet Revolution of 1989.
Chramostová was active in the anti-Communist dissent and samizdat publication and was an early signatory of the Charter 77 protest document. In early 1989 she was convicted over her opposition activities.
She said that she had lived three lives: an acting life, a dissident life and a time of returns.
In 1998 President Václav Havel bestowed the Order of T.G. Masaryk on the acting legend for her contribution to human rights and democracy.
Actor Ladislav Mrkvička and opera singer Gabriela Beňačková received
lifetime achievement awards at the Thálie theatre awards in Prague on
The Czech Theatre Academy also presented a new prize, for extraordinary contribution to the art of theatre, to Zdeněk Svěrák, who is also very famous for his screen roles. Both he and Mrkvička received standing ovations during the ceremony at the National Theatre.
Prizes were also awarded in many other categories during the annual event.
A remarkable-looking wooden church is to be built at Nesvačilka on the
outskirts of Brno, the news site Novinky.cz reported on Sunday. The
structure, which resembles a lighthouse, will be constructed without using
any nails. The plans earned architect Jan Říčný an award two years ago.
Parishioners began collecting money to erect a church on the site a century ago. The cornerstone was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI a decade ago and the local priest says the church should be completed and consecrated next year, or in 2021 at the latest.
The Czech Social Security Administration has begun trials of a final
version of new electronic sick-notes ahead of their introduction at the
beginning of next year. Doctors will be able to connect to the system from
next month, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs said.
Electronic sick-notes were originally meant to come in at the start of 2019. The project was then halted by the first Babiš government, which wanted to begin again from 2021. However, when the Social Democrats’Jana Maláčová became social affairs minister the plan was revived.
At present ill employees must present paper sick-notes signed by their doctors at their place of work.
The current relatively cool weather in the Czech Republic should give way
to warmer temperatures next week, forecasters said in a regular monthly
outlook released by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The second
half of October ought to see daytime highs above average for the time of
Precipitation is likely to correspond to long-term norms over the next four weeks, forecasters said.
The Czech Republic should provide CZK 300 million in humanitarian aid to
African countries in the next three years, the Czech News Agency reported
on Saturday, citing a proposal to be discussed by the cabinet on Tuesday.
The aid is intended to improve the situation in a number of states with a
view to removing the reasons people migrate to Europe.
The Czech government has long supported combating illegal migration in refugees’ countries of origin.
The planned aid is expected go to countries in northern and western Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. Between 2020 and 2022 around CZK 100 million a year should be divided among programmes focused on supporting peace, financial development and social development.
The international ratings agency Moody’s has raised the Czech
Republic’s credit rating by one level to Aa3. This means that the risk of
investing in the country is low and investments are safe. Moody’s said
the move reflected governments aimed at boosting the economy and the fact
budget indicators were improving. It also said the economy’s outlook had
gone from positive to stable.
The last time the agency raised the Czech Republic’s rating was in 2002.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš described the move as a great success for the Czech economy.
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