The former CEO of the Czech lottery firm Sazka, Aleš Hušák, is facing a lawsuit by the company’s main shareholder, the Czech Sports Association, over his role in the company’s demise. Sazka’s bankruptcy severely undermined funding for Czech sports and the association is now demanding an apology and one billion crowns from Mr Hušák.
Police this week arrested a six-member gang operating in the area of Domažlice, suspected of producing and selling the illegal drug pervetin (methamphetamine). The detained are two women and four men ranging between 20 and 37 years of age. Police suspect the gang began operation in the area last April. So far, there is evidence of the production and sale of 70 grams of the drug but the amount produced was much higher, the head of the Domažlice police Lubomír Martinec said. Members of the gang allegedly travelled to Poland as well as Germany to buy over-the-counter medicine used in the drug’s production.
The regional court in Brno has declared a farm, hotel and wellness complex in Olšany belonging to well-known Czech comedian Bolek Polívka, bankrupt. The bankruptcy administrator has registered 55 related claims by creditors, owed a total of 56.3 million crowns. Mr. Polívka himself is one - owed nine million crowns of his own money he put into the project. The court issued its ruling ahead of a meeting of creditors later this week. The farm and hotel fell into financial difficulty after renovation costs ballooned past original estimates. The farm, which employed 21 people, had been losing money since last March. The mayor of Olšany has expressed hope that the farm will continue, saying it was an important cultural venue that had also provided jobs.
Residents of Prague’s Vršovice district were set to meet on Thursday to discuss the future of an area between Krymská a Moskevská streets, sold by the local town hall to private developers aiming to build private homes as well as offices. Critics slammed the sale and as leading to the disappearance of another green spot in the area.
The drawn-out Czech-Polish dispute over the quality of food imports this week reached a new level after Polish officials accused the Czech authorities and media of waging a campaign aimed at hurting Polish food sales in the country. Czech officials, meanwhile, complain about poor quality of some Polish foodstuffs, and say inspections prove they fail to meet set standards much more often that Czech products.
Details of Prague’s first luxury goods trade fair for the super rich have been revealed. The Billionaire Fair will be held at the city’s Žofín Palace on the last weekend of September and will feature 50 selected high-end retailers, the organisers said on Tuesday. Interested parties will have to register online and will be vetted as to whether they merit an invitation to the event, for which the most expensive tickets will cost CZK 25,000.
Poland says growing criticism regarding the quality of Polish food imports to the Czech Republic stems from competition on the market. In a statement for the media the Polish Embassy in Prague said on Monday that Polish food inspections were conducted fully in adherence with European standards and accused the Czech side of orchestrating a smear campaign against Polish goods with the intention of increasing the share of Czech food products on the home market. The embassy said this tactic could backfire since the two countries were often seen as one region and one market. The quality of Polish food imports is expected to dominate the agenda of this week’s Czech-Polish business forum.
A new service was launched in Prague on Thursday to improve deliveries of parcels and goods purchased on-line. The project, entitled “The Magic Cupboard”, allows people to pick up their parcels in deposit boxes located in 15 shopping malls in Prague. The service should be faster and cheaper than the delivery provided by Czech Post, according to the authors who said that around 100 pick-up locations would be available around the country by the end of the year.
The car manufacturer Škoda Auto has seen another year of record sales and growing revenues. In 2012, the German-owned, Czech based car producer sold nearly 940,000 cars world wide, mainly thanks to its expansion in China, Russia, and India. And the manufacturer hopes to set a new sales record this year, despite an expected slowdown in the first six months. I spoke to analyst Jiří Šimara from the Brno-based brokerage firm Cyrrus about Škoda’s performance in 2012.
The shadow finance minister, Jan Mládek, apologized for his statement made at the Social Democratic Party Congress on Saturday, in which he characterized self-employed owners of small businesses as parasites who exploit their employees and fail to contribute to the social security system. In a press release, Mr Mládek said that his statement was misinterpreted and that the government, not the entrepreneurs, is the parasite that is ineffective in collecting taxes. Earlier, the chairman of the opposition Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, distanced himself from the statement of his colleague, following criticism from Prime Minister Petr Nečas.
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