Former arts minister Daniel Herman has been appointed to the Government
Human Rights Council. His nomination by the human rights commissioner
Helena Válková was approved by the cabinet on Monday, the news site
Deník N. reported.
Mr. Herman, a Christian Democrat, replaces philosopher and ex-dissident Daniel Kroupa as a member of the Human Rights Council.
Mr. Kroupa stood down in protest at the appointment of Ms. Válková over the fact she has supported Prime Minister Andrej Babiš in the face of accusations of criminal wrongdoing.
The number of Romanian entrepreneurs in the Czech Republic has risen
markedly in recent years, according to an analysis by consultants Bisnode.
At present Romanian citizens control 1,584 companies in the Czech Republic,
which is over 200 percent more than in 2014.
Romanians rank 15th when it comes to the foreign ownership of Czech-based companies. Russians head the list, followed by Slovaks, Ukrainians and Germans.
The Office for the Protection of Competition is investigating the first
case relating to a bar on the use of Huawei products in the state
infrastructure, the news site Neovlivní reported on Tuesday, citing a
source close to the case. A spokesperson for the anti-trust authority said
it would not comment.
At the start of this year the Ministry of Health banned the use of hardware, communications technology and software produced by Huawei and another Chinese firm, ZTE.
This followed a warning from the National Cyber and Security Information Agency. It said the companies represented a threat and should not have access to essential state infrastructure, including hospitals, transport and energy distribution.
Huawei then took a complaint against the Ministry of Health to the Office for the Protection of Competition over the company’s practical exclusion from a tender for an integrated system for regional hygiene centres.
Members of The Realists have decided to dissolve the right-wing political
grouping, their candidate in last year’s presidential elections, Jiří
Hynek, told the Czech News Agency. A group of founders last month
recommended the voluntary breakup of the party.
The Realists were founded in 2016 by political scientist Petr Robejšek with the stated aim of defending national interests, security and the family.
The conservative party got just 0.7 percent of the vote in the last general elections, while Mr. Hynek received 1.23 percent in the first round of the 2018 presidential elections.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says the Czech Republic will offer two female
candidates for the post of the country’s European commissioner. He made
the comment in a Facebook post, adding that the Prague government had until
August 26 to make a selection. Mr. Babiš did not name the prospective
The PM said after European Parliament elections in May that the country’s candidate would again be Věra Jourová, who is currently commissioner for justice, consumer protection and equality. However, some voices in the ANO party have called for the job to go to MEP Dita Charanzová.
Mr. Babiš said he planned to discuss the matter with the new president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, whom he has asked for a meeting.
More than 100 people have petitioned the local authority in Prague 3
seeking to have the name of the street Koněvova changed, the news site
Pražský deník reported. The street, a key artery in the capital, has
been named after Red Army general Ivan Konev since 1946, a year after the
Soviets liberated some parts of the Czech lands, including Prague.
However, Konev was also the supreme commander of Russian forces during the violent suppression of the Hungarian Uprising in 1956.
Some residents of the Žižkov district are against renaming the street, arguing that it would involve excessive bureaucracy, Pražský deník said.
Ministry of the Interior is preparing to take legal action against the
Czech Republic’s anti-trust authority after it overturned a tender
process to purchase police cars for over CZK 2 billion, Czech Television
reported. The Office for the Protection of Business Competition argued that
the tender favoured Škoda Auto. Ministry officials say the ruling is
The Ministry of the Interior wishes to buy up to 4,000 vehicles that would replace police cars with over 260,000 kilometres on the clock.
South Moravian Region police chief Leoš Tržil told Czech Television that the overturning of the tender decision put police work in danger.
The Czech state has put CZK 927 million into a system of locks on the Labe
(Elbe) River that has not yet been built, the Supreme Audit Office says.
The auditors say that water transport has in the long term played a very
small role in the expedition of goods in the Czech Republic.
The Supreme Audit Authority was looking into a Ministry of Regional Development project launched in 2014 to foster water transport in the Czech Republic.
Only about 1 percent of all cargo in the Czech Republic is transported by water. The main reason for this is the unreliability of the Labe and Vltava rivers, which are not always navigable.
The project examined by the auditors conceives of the construction of a lock system at Děčín.
Employees in the Czech branch of Chinese company Huawei routinely collect
sensitive data about officials and business people with whom they come into
contact and share it with the country’s embassy, Czech Radio’s flagship
station Radiožurnál reports.
The station found evidence of the practice while examining how Huawei operates in the Czech Republic. Two former company managers, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed close cooperation between Huawei workers and Chinese intelligence, despite the company’s denials.
Czech and Western intelligence services are convinced that to have Huawei roll out national infrastructure such as the 5G network would represent a security threat. The company told Radiožurnál in a statement that it fully complies with GDPR rules regarding privacy.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has said that Huawei is being tarred without any proof as part of what he called unfair business practices.