Markéta Davidová has been voted Czech biathlete of the year for a second
time in a row. The 23-year-old received the award primarily for her strong
World Cup performances. Davidová won three silver medals during the
shortened season and ranked 14th overall.
Placing second was Lucie Charvátová, 27, who won a bronze in the sprint at the World Championships in Antholz, Italy. Third place went to 18-year-old Ondřej Mánek, who won three silvers at the Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
The Communists wants to renegotiate its seven-point agreement with the
minority coalition government, saying the original did not anticipate a
pandemic situation, party chairman Vojtěch Filip told reporters on Friday.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s government is the first since 1989 to rely on the support of the Communists. In exchange for that tolerance, the largely unreformed anti-Nato, anti-EU party has won several major policy concessions.
Two years ago, the Communists negotiated a programme with seven priorities, including a steady increase in the minimum wage, the valorisation of pensions, and taxation of church restitutions.
Speaking before a meeting with the Minister of Finance on raising the budget deficit to 500 billion crowns, Filip said he had told Babiš that “substantial” changes could be discussed by the Party’s Central Committee on June 20.
The Czech population rose slightly in the first quarter, by 425 people, to
level of 10.694 million people, preliminary data published by the Czech
Statistical Office show.
Meanwhile, there were only 3,500 marriages through March, 600 fewer in annual terms, due to coronavirus restrictions. During the quarter, 16,100 people immigrated to the Czech Republic, a rise of 800 people year on year.
Just over 1,100 churches, chapels, monasteries and other sites throughout
the Czech Republic, many of which are inaccessible during the year, are
opening their doors on Friday evening for the annual Night of Open
Religious sites will hold concerts, exhibitions and give guided tours, all free of charge. In total some 4,000 events are scheduled for this 12th edition. Many are being streamed on the hosts’ websites or will be broadcast by TV channel Noe.
The Czech Army took charge of the EU training mission in Mali on Friday. It
marks the first time that the Czech military has headed such a foreign
mission. Over 700 soldiers from European countries are currently training
Mali’s army to fight Islamist militias.
Among them are 120 soldiers Czech stationed in Mali under the command of Brigadier General František Ridzák, who now heads the entire EU mission in the West African country, previously led by a Portuguese officer. The Council of the European Union has extended the duration of the training mission until 2024.
The Boston Bruins’ David Pastrňák has won the Golden Hockey Stick for
best Czech hockey player of the year for the fourth time in a row.
Pastrňák, who became the youngest player ever to win the Golden Hockey Stick in 2017, won the poll with a strong lead of 149 points over Dominik Kubalík from the Chicago Blackhawks. Forward Jakub Voráček from Philadelphia Flyers finished third.
Twelve-time winner Jaromír Jágr was so far the only player who managed to win four times in a row (2005 to 2008).
The Ministry of Health is planning to further ease restrictions taken to
curb the spread of coronavirus as of Monday, June 15.
As of that date, it will once again be possible to sell refreshments in theatres and cinemas. However food and drinks will be prohibited during the screening itself, since visitors will still be obliged to wear face masks inside cinema and theatre halls.
The rule that a certain amount of seats must remain empty to comply with social distancing rules was scrapped a week ago.
As of June 22 the government should allow public gatherings of up to 1,000 people.
The EU recovery funds must be distributed fairly among EU member states and
the poorer countries which observed fiscal discipline before the
coronavirus crisis should not be placed at a disadvantage, the prime
ministers of the Visegrad states agreed at their summit in Lednice, south
Moravia on Thursday.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said the main criterion for the distribution of the roughly 750 billion euros (20 trillion crowns) should be the decline in gross domestic product of individual countries as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
The Czech prime minister said he expected a lengthy debate on the issue, adding that it was too early to say how the money from the reconstruction fund should be distributed, because it is not yet clear to what extent the economies of individual member states will be affected by the pandemic.
The V4 met to coordinate their position on the proposed EU recovery plan ahead of a meeting of the European Council, due to take place next week.
While Poland and Slovakia responded positively to the recovery plan outlined, the Czech Republic and Hungary have been more critical of the fact that it favours richer countries prone to racking up excessive debt.
The recovery plan is due to be debated at a video-conference of the European Council on June 19th.
The Senate has approved a constitutional amendment that would ensure that
Czech citizens have a right to keep and bear arms in self-defence.
The bill, which would put gun owners’ rights in the constitution, is an effort to offset restrictive changes stemming from the European Union’s Firearms Directive, which the Czech Republic unsuccessfully challenged at the European Court of Law.
The fate of the proposed amendment will now be decided in the lower house.