The Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecká finished fifth in the second downhill
of the Alpine Skiing World Cup at Switzerland’s Crans Montana on
Saturday. It is the fifth time the Czech skier finished in the top ten this
The race was won by the Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami, who crossed the line in 1: 27.73. Her compatriot Corinne Suter finished in the second place, and currently leads the Downhill standing on Ester Ledecká by 155 points.
A mass was celebrated in the Želiv monastery on Saturday to commemorate
the victims of the communist regime. The mass, celebrated by Hradec
Králové bishop Jan Vokál, was part of a two-day conference focusing on
Josef Toufar, a priest tortured to death by the communist secret police for
allegedly faking a “miracle”.
The Monastery in Želiv was turned into an internment camp in the 1950s. Over 460 priests ad monks were imprisoned there, including Cardinal František Tomášek and Archbishop Karel Otčenášek.
Meteorologists have issued a high wind warning for most parts of the Czech
Republic. The warning is valid from 11am on Sunday until Monday morning for
the regions of Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, South Bohemia, Prague and Centra
Bohemia, where winds can reach a force of 70 to 125 km per hour.
Meteorologists have also warned of rising water levels on most of the country’s rivers following heavy rainfall on Sunday.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said the result of the European
Union summit in Brussels on the bloc’s 2021–2027 budget, which ended on
Friday with no deal, will not threaten Czech economy or Czech firms as the
country was eligible to draw EU funds until 2023.
Speaking after the summit, Mr Babiš blamed the failure to reach agreement on the wealthier member states, accusing them of refusing to reach a compromise. The Czech Prime Minister said a group of net contributors have obstructed any further progress by unfair requiremen
An expedition called Tatra Around the World set off from Prague’s
Rudolfinum on Saturday afternoon. The trip around the world in a specially
adapted Tatra T 815 truck is expected to take three years, covering 270,000
kilometers across 70 countries and five continents.
The project follows up on a similar expedition undertaken in the late 1980s and early 1990s and one of its aims is to promote Czech industry abroad. The costs of the expedition are estimated at CZK 25 million.
The Czech Republic's biggest funfair Matějská pouť opens its gates
at Prague’s exhibition grounds in Holešovice on Saturday. Originally a
pilgrimage to the nearby church of St Matthew, the fair now offers some 115
attractions including a giant water slide, a 55-meter Ferris wheel, bumper
cars and shooting galleries.
In the past years, the event attracted between 100,000 and 200,000 visitors annually. The highest attendance, over 215,000 visitors, was recorded in 2011.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said he does not expect the European
Union summit in Brussels to reach agreement on the bloc’s 2021–2027
budget, expressing disappointment that the future budget revenues had not
been pre-negotiated in advance of the summit with individual member states.
According to Ondřej Houska, a reporter for Hospodářské noviny, who is following the negotiations in Brussels, the Czech prime minister is insisting that the Czech Republic should get the same allotment as in past years, stressing that the money is badly needed for infrastructure and investments, and wants the country to have a greater say in how the money is to be used. He wants the flexible part of the cohesion funds – which can be transferred from one heading to another – to reach 25 percent.
Scepticism regarding a possible solution prevails with some EU leaders already calling for another summit.
Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtěch has said it is high time to take a
closer look at the pharmaceutical industry in the light of increasingly
frequent fall-outs of various medicines.
In an interview for the daily Hospodarske noviny Minister Vojtěch said the coronavirus epidemic in China had revealed the risks of moving pharmaceutical factories to countries such as China and India in view of lowering the price of medicaments.
This is a problem that is common to all of Europe and in the past two or three years the fall-outs of pharmaceuticals have got much worse, the minister said, noting that the EU should take action to bring back at least part of the production and have greater control over medical deliveries.