Academics and former politicians have written an open letter to the Czech
energy utility ČEZ petitioning the management not to sell the Počerady
coal-burning electric power plant to entrepreneur Pavel Tykač. The
petitioners say its continued operation would be in violation of the 2016
Paris Climate Agreement.
Among the signatories are former prime ministers Petr Pithart and Vladimír Špidla, sociologist Jiřina Šiklová and former environment ministers Bedřich Moldan and Martin Bursík. Members of the public are being encouraged to take a stand as well.
Year-on-year consumer price growth slowed down to 2.8 percent in April,
down from 3.0 percent in March, according to data released by the Czech
The prices of rents, some food stuffs and petrol went up, while the price of alcohol, tobacco, sugar and eggs decreased.
Analysts predicted that after inflation reached its peak in March it would stagnate and gradually decline.
The mansion where Nazi governor of Bohemia and Moravia Reinhard Heydrich
lived on the outskirts of Prague has been sold at auction for nearly CZK 39
million. The auction was anonymous. The building in Panenské Břežany in
Prague East had fallen into a state of disrepair when the previous owner, a
research institute, went bankrupt.
The Nazi’s first “protector” of the Czech lands, Konstantin von Neurath, moved into the property. When he was replaced by Heydrich the latter and his family took it over. The “Butcher of Prague” was living there when he was assassinated in 1942 by Czechoslovak paratroopers sent from the UK.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic dropped to 2.7 percent in April, down
from 3 percent in March, according to data released by the Czech Labour
It is the lowest unemployment rate registered since 1997. According to the statistics 210,000 people are currently out of work. Technically-skilled manual workers are the most sought after.
The record low figure is ascribed to the healthy state of the Czech economy and the beginning of seasonal work.
Unemployment rates in the Czech Republic have been the lowest Europe-wide for some time now. The latest data on employment levels is set to be released by the Labour Office on Friday, but already now analysts have told the Czech News Agency that they expect unemployment to have sunk in April to 2.8 percent compared to 3 percent in March. The need for workers is also leading to women taking on more “unusual” jobs, Czech Television reports.
The European Commission has revised its outlook for the growth of the Czech
economy this year downwards. It said on Tuesday that gross domestic product
was likely to expand by 2.6 percent in 2019, down from the 2.9 percent it
forecast in February.
The European Commission said it expected growth next year to reach 2.4 percent. Earlier this year it predicted a figure of 2.7 percent for 2020.
Officials also said they believed Czech unemployment would this year remain at 2.2 percent and would climb next year to 2.3 percent.
Over six thousand children in the Czech Republic are currently threatened with a distraint order over unpaid debts, while tens of thousands of young people have debts that they have carried over from their childhood. A new amendment to the Civil Code, set to be debated in the lower house on Monday, aims to prevent minors from falling into debt in the future.
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