Miloš Zeman has granted his twelfth presidential pardon since being
appointed in 2013, his spokesman Jiří Ovčáček told the Czech News
Agency on Wednesday. The recipient of the pardon is a man charged with
property crime and robbery and is a repeat offender who suffers from
Prior to his election President Zeman said he would only grant pardons in very exceptional cases and transferred the power to conduct clemency reviews to the minister of justice.
President Miloš Zeman has dismissed Minister of Transport Vladimír
Kremlík from his post, effective as of January 23rd, the president’s
spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said on Wednesday.
Mr Kremlík was dismissed over an overpriced tender to operate a new online system of motorway vignette sales. The president has authorized Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlíček to take charge of the transport ministry portfolio on a permanent basis.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced on Monday he was planning a merger of the two institutions.
A public memorial service for the chairman of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera,
who died on Sunday at the age of 72, will take place on February 3 in the
north Bohemian town of Teplice, where he served as a long-time mayor.
Another farewell gathering is due to take place at Prague’s Rudolfinum on
the same day. The funeral will be held for close friends and family only.
President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday set a date for a special election to fill Mr Kubera’s seat in the Senate, which will be held in the region of Teplice on March 27 and 28.
The Czech National Anti-Drug Centre in cooperation with customs officers
and the Czech Post uncovered two cases of drugs sales via Dark net.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, the agency’s head Jakub Frydrych said the perpetrators had been sending several kilogrammes of drugs every month from the Czech Republic to destinations all around the world.
The offenders, aged 25 to 28, were apprehended during two separate operations.
Singer songwriter Vladimír Mišík has received the highest number of
nominations for the upcoming Anděl Music Awards, held annually in the
The Czech music legend, who released a new LP in 2019 after a break of six
years, has been nominated in a total of six categories.
The Anděl Awards are voted on by journalists and experts from Czech music scene. The awards ceremony itself will be held in March.
Mišík, who turned 72 last year, has already been inducted to the Anděl Awards hall of fame.
The City of Prague wants to approve a partnership agreement with Vienna,
and considers establishing a similar agreement with Dresden and Munich,
Mayor Zdeněk Hřib told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, Prague signed a sister city contract with the Taiwanese capital Taipei. The Czech capital previously had a sister agreement with Beijing, but a dispute over a clause regarding the One China policy led to it being terminated by the Czech capital last October.
Mr Hřib has also signed a so-called Free Cities Pact with the mayors of Bratislava, Budapest and Warsaw aimed at strengthening cooperation and promoting joint projects.
Around 29,780 new companies were set up in the Czech Republic in 2019,
according to the consultancy company Bisnode. That is the lowest figure
since 2017, but also the third highest in the past decade.
Last year a record number of businesses ceased to exist, with one business shutting down per every two new companies. According to Bisnode, these are mostly companies that were not active or competitive enough.
The Czech Academy of Science is marking the 130th anniversary of its
establishment. The country’s largest research institution was established
on 23 January 1890 by the Emperor Franz Joseph as the Czech Academy of
Sciences, Letters and Arts.
Its establishment was initiated by Josef Hlávka, a Czech entrepreneur, philanthropist and patron of sciences and laid the foundations for the development of modern Czech science outside universities.
Multiple voting in the European Parliament elections will be classified as
a misdemeanour and fined with up to CZK 10,000 under an amendment to the
law on the EP elections passed by the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday.
The change, which complies with the European Council's decision, will take effect as of next year if it is approved by the Senate and signed into law by President Miloš Zeman.
The opposition Pirate Party failed with their proposal to introduce voting for MEPs at Czech embassies abroad.