Demolition work will begin on the Prague centre Transgas building at the
turn of March and April, a representative of the company that owns it said.
Campaigners had fought in vain to preserve the Brutalist structure, which
is located between the National Museum and Czech Radio. The demolition work
will last for several months.
The owners of Transgas said last month that they were planning to either sell the building or the empty site that remains after its demolition, depending on how soon they could complete a sale.
Goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík was named Czech Footballer of the Year 2018 at a
ceremony in Prague on Monday evening. The 29-year-old has been a regular at
Spanish top flight side Sevilla since joining them last summer from
On Tuesday it was announced that injury had forced Vaclík, who has 23 international caps, to pull out of the Czech squad to face England on Friday and Brazil four days later.
In view of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the fall of communism later
this year the CTK news agency has appealed to the public to dip into their
family albums and share personal photos from the days of the Velvet
Revolution in 1989.
Although the CTK news agency has an extensive archive of photos documenting this milestone period in the country’s history, it wants to organize an exhibition with a broader, more personal scope showing how the public lived through the tumultuous days of the Velvet Revolution away from the big cities.
The parties of the ruling minority coalition, ANO and the Social Democrats,
on Monday agreed to raise old age pensions by 900 crowns a month as of
This is perceived as a victory of the Social Democrats who vehemently opposed the 750 crown hike proposed by Finance Minister Alena Schillerová from ANO. Nevertheless the finance minister has stressed that the extra money spent on pensions will have to be saved elsewhere.
The two parties also agreed to raise the children’s allowance from 220,000 to 300,000 crowns. Altogether the hikes should increase state expenditures by 11 billion crowns next year.
The Czech Republic will scrap the strict control measures it introduced on
Polish meat imports after salmonella-infected beef and poultry was found in
several deliveries from Poland on condition that Poland provides guarantees
regarding its own control mechanism and the safety of its meat products,
Czech Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman said following talks in Brussels
Minister Toman said he was satisfied with the progress made so far and said the Czech Republic was ready to end control measures on March 25.
The Czech Republic has the highest number of vacancies in the European
Union, according to Eurostat data.
In the fourth quarter of 2018 the ratio of vacancies to the overall number of jobs in the EU rose from 2.2 to 2.3 percent.
In the Czech Republic it rose by 0.1 percentage point to six percent, the highest figure in the EU. Second in line was Belgium and Germany with 3.4 percent, followed by Austria with 3.1 percent.
A former member of the country’s unit for fighting organized crime, Ludek
Vokal, has been charged in connection with information leaks from the force
during his time in service.
The former detective is suspected of having leaked information from a number of open cases to members of the underworld.
The leaks occurred between 2010 and 2015. The police was severely criticized for the leaks at the time.
The Czech version of Wikipedia will be inaccessible on Thursday since its
editors are going on a one-day strike against the EU copyright reform.
They claim the proposed new norms will restrict their right to cite sources and thus reduce the quality of the encyclopaedia.
After two years of heated debate the European Parliament is expected to vote on the proposed copyright reform at the end of March.
Wikipedia has shut down its pages in several countries in protest at the plans.
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