Czech state-run power group ČEZ has announced plans to sell its Bulgarian
assets to local investors Eurohold for 335 million euros, subject to
approval by regulatory authorities.
ČEZ entered the Bulgarian market in 2004. The prospective sale concerns seven of its local units.
Last February, a rumour that ČEZ might sell major Bulgarian assets to small firm called Inercom sparked protests over alleged corruption that led the Minister of Energy to resign.
The Czech Republic’s producer price inflation slowed in May after rising
the previous month, according to data released by the Czech Statistical
Office on Monday.
The producer price index rose 3.8 percent year on year in May, slower than 4.3 percent increase in April. The biggest increase was in ‘electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning’ prices, which rose by 8.6 percent annually in May.
Prices of ‘mining and quarrying’, and ‘food products, beverages and tobacco’ rose by 7.5 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively. Among the main industrial groupings, energy prices grew the most, rising 8.1 percent in annual terms.
Police raided a large-scale illegal cigarette factory in the Liberec region
at the weekend and detained a foreign national allegedly running it on
charges of tax evasion.
A spokesman for a special police unit for fighting organized crime (NCOZ) said agents had seized nine tons of raw tobacco in addition to equipment.
The accused planned to import machinery and several tons of raw tobacco to expand the illegal cigarette production line, NCOZ spokesman Jaroslav Ibehej said.
The state collected over one trillion crowns in taxes last year, which is
62 billion more than in the previous year, the Czech News Agency reported
According to the state’s final account, presented by the government in the Lower House of Parliament, some 727 billion crowns ended up in the state budget and 295 billion crowns were earmarked for regions and municipalities. Nearly 20 billion crowns went to the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure. Collection of VAT and personal income tax recorded the steepest growth in 2018.
The Czech Republic’s economic growth is expected to continue at a rate of around 2.5 percent, the International Monetary Fund predicted in a press release on Thursday. Inflation is expected to go down and unemployment levels will rise. The head of the organisation also warned of the large impact that American tolls on European products would have on the Czech economy.
Prague is catching up with West European real estate markets, the daily e15 reports, citing a new survey released by PriceWaterhouseCooper and the Urban Land Institute, carried out among developers and investors. According to the 2019 report, Prague is one of the 20 most sought after cities in Europe for real estate purchases.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic fell to 2.6 percent in May from 2.7
percent the previous month, according to official figures released on
Monday. Some 200,675 people were out of work in May, the lowest number
recorded since the same month in 1997.
Meanwhile, the number of vacant positions grew to almost 347,000, the Office of Labour said.
Analysts said that unemployment was close to the lowest level it could reach, with the number set to grow slightly in the summer because of new graduates.
The German Central Bank has published a prediction on the country’s expected economic growth for 2019. It lowered its expectations from 1.6 percent to 0.6 percent. The Czech manufacturing sector is very dependent on German economic strength and Germany is also the Czech Republic’s largest trading partner. However, analysts questioned by the Czech News Agency say that changes in the forecast were expected and will not affect the Czech economy.
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