A group of eight environmental activists who forced their way into the
Vršany brown coal mine early on Tuesday to protest against continued
mining in the region remain on the grounds of the mine for a second day
The protest is an effort to prevent the planned sale of the coal-burning Počerady electric power plant to the group Se.ven Energy belonging to Czech billionaire Pavel Tykač. Police are monitoring the situation but have not so far intervened.
Academics and former politicians have also been petitioning the power utility ČEZ against the sale on the grounds that the plant’s continued operation would be in violation of the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš hopes that Toyota will expand its investment in the Czech Republic and start manufacturing hydrogen powered cars in its factory in Kolín, Hospodářské Noviny reported on Thursday. The car manufacturer is a world leader in alternative fuel automobile technology and is considering increasing its production in mainland Europe in case of Brexit complications.
The Czech Republic will not have sufficient sources of electricity unless
the issue of constructing new power plants, including nuclear blocks, is
resolved soon, Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlíček told
journalists at a press conference on Monday. Mr. Havlíček based his
conclusions on a newly released study, made by the country’s transmission
system operator ČEPS, according to which the country would become
increasingly dependent on electricity imports from abroad by 2030, raising
the commodity’s price, if no further construction takes place.
His statements echoed those made by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) last week, when the head of government stressed that it was vital for the Czech Republic to build new nuclear units even if they were to be in breach of European law.
The production of passenger cars in the Czech Republic rose by 0.7 percent
year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019 to over one million units, the
Automotive Industry Association announced on Thursday.
Production in September reached 125,351 cars, which is a six percent increase on the same period last year.
The growth was pulled mainly by Škoda Auto and TPCA. Škoda Auto raised output by 2.5 percent to over 670,000 vehicles while TPCA made nearly 162,000 cars, which represents a growth of 2.7 percent.
The Czech Republic has halted arms exports to Turkey in response to
Ankara's incursion into northern Syria, Interior Minister Jan
Hamáček (Social Democrats) announced via Twitter on Monday evening,
following a government meeting. Trade Minister Karel Havlíček, whose
ministry had published the country's arms export figures earlier that
day, said that armaments exports to Turkey only make up around CZK 140
The news comes after meeting of the European Union's foreign ministers in Luxembourg, where member states pledged to suspend weapons exports to Turkey, but did not go as far as to implement a formal EU-wide arms embargo. During which Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) told journalists that he will propose to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš that the Czech Republic take part in an arms embargo on Turkey.
The lower house‘s Investigatory Commission on OKD announced on Tuesday that it has decided to file a criminal complaint against four former government ministers for their role in the privatisation of the Silesian coal mining joint-stock company Ostravsko-karvinské doly (OKD). Among them is the former prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka. According to the commission, the privatisation and subsequent events were in contradiction to the interests of the state.
US electric car maker Tesla has opened its first showroom in the Czech Republic. Its official dealership is in Prague’s Vysočany district, where Tesla already operates a service centre. Visitors to the showroom can try all Tesla models, including Model S and X, as well as the most affordable Model 3, which sells for 1.2 million crowns.
Sales of new passenger cars in the Czech Republic in the first three
quarters of 2018 dropped by eight percent year-on-year to 191,110,
according to figures released by the Car Importers Association on Thursday.
The month of September saw a rise by 8.5 percent to 15.770 sold cars. The biggest seller in the period was Škoda with over 64,656 cars, followed by Volkswagen and Hyundai.
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