Government leaders ANO will on Wednesday propose that a bill on national
self-sufficiency in food production be returned to the second reading, the
head of the party’s deputies group, Jaroslav Faltýnek, said on Tuesday.
Mr. Faltýnek said there needed to be more debate on the amendment, which
would require that up to 85 percent of non-specialised foodstuffs be of
The proposal has been criticised by business groups, who say it would contravene European law and would lead to higher prices and lower quality.
The Czech Republic’s member of the European Commission, Věra Jourová,
has backed Twitter’s content moderation after the social media site added
a fact-checking notice to tweets by President Donald Trump. The European
Commission vice president for values and transparency told the news site
Politico that she supported Twitter’s efforts to develop a transparent
moderation policy. Ms. Jourová said it was not a matter of censorship but
of flagging verifiably false information that could cause public harm.
Mr. Trump reacted angrily when Twitter attached a fact-checking warning to tweets he posted and hid another that it said glorified violence.
Czech footballer Vladimír Darida set a new record for distance run in a Bundesliga game for Hertha Berlin at the weekend. The 29-year-old midfielder covered 14.34 kilometres in match against Augsburg, surpassing his own previous 2018 record of 14.16 kilometres. Darida, who has 59 international caps, has been at Hertha since 2015.
Sports clubs that have suffered financial losses due to government
coronavirus measures can obtain subsidies from the special COVID-Sport
programme from next month, the head of the National Sport Agency, Milan
Hnilička, announced on Tuesday.
Some CZK 1 billion is available to sports organisations under the programme, which was approved by the government on Monday.
Clubs can apply for a grant to cover a maximum of half of their losses sustained due to being forced to close, expenses for cancelled or postponed events or rent they had to pay even when shut.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has dismissed suggestions that a new bill on
the registration of beneficial owners would benefit him personally by
obscuring ties between him and his business empire.
The draft legislation was approved by the government on Monday. Critics say that if it becomes law Mr. Babiš will not be regarded as the owner of the company Agrofert but only as the owner of the trusts into which he placed it before taking office.
A European Union audit found that the prime minister still de facto controlled Agrofert, placing him in conflict of interest.
Mr. Babiš said on Tuesday that it was nonsense to say that the new amendment would benefit him. Junior coalition party the Social Democrats abstained in Monday’s vote.
A further loosening of coronavirus restrictions, due to take effect on June
8, will allow public gatherings and events involving up to 500 people.
The government has also moved to ease the regulations governing the number of people in theatres, cinemas and concert halls, scrapping the social distancing requirements that severely limited attendance.
Restrictions limiting the number of visitors in zoos, botanical gardens and outdoor events to 250 people per hectare will also be lifted as of June 8.
Czechs will be able to travel to the majority of European states after June
15 without having to produce a negative COVID 19 test upon their return.
The government on Monday unveiled a list of “safe” versus “high-risk” destinations eagerly awaited by travel agencies and holiday makers.
The vast majority of European countries fall into the “safe” destinations category; Italy, Spain or France are considered “medium-risk”, while the UK and Sweden are listed “high-risk” meaning that people who travel there will need to produce a negative COVID 19 test or undergo a 14-day quarantine upon their return.
Foreign visitors from medium and high-risk countries will need to produce a COVID negative test in order to be granted entry to the Czech Republic.
The state budget deficit in May rose to 157.4 billion crowns, up from 93.4
billion crowns in April, according to figures released by the Ministry of
Finance on Monday. It is the highest monthly increase recorded since the
establishment of the Czech Republic in 1993.
In April, the Chamber of Deputies increased this year's state budget deficit to 300 billion crowns in view of the expenditures incurred by the coronavirus crisis. The highest yearly deficit so far -192 billion crowns -was in 2009 due to the global economic crisis.
At its session on Monday the cabinet is due to debate a list of so-called
high-risk countries, from which people returning to the Czech Republic will
be required to produce a COVID 19 negative test or undergo a 14-day
It will also identify “safe” holiday destinations to which travel should be problem-free. The latter should include Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Greece.
The government earlier announced that travel restrictions will be lifted in mid-June.
Rail operator RegioJet has announced it will start operating a direct rail connection between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the end of the month.
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