The market with prefabricated wooden houses in the Czech Republic is experiencing a major boom, the website ihned.cz reports. While ten years ago, there were around one thousand prefabricated wooden houses built in the country, last year it was nearly three thousand. “Over the past year, the demand has grown by one fifth,” Martin Fojtíko of the company Bidli, which specializes in low-energy wooden buildings, told the website.
Countless statues of Tomáš Garrique Masaryk, the founding father of Czechoslovakia and the country’s first president, were erected in town squares in the first two decades of the new democracy. Scores were torn down under the German occupation, melted down in Third Reich forges to make bullets and artillery shells. But the fate of a handful of others remains a mystery.
Ministry of the Interior is preparing to take legal action against the
Czech Republic’s anti-trust authority after it overturned a tender
process to purchase police cars for over CZK 2 billion, Czech Television
reported. The Office for the Protection of Business Competition argued that
the tender favoured Škoda Auto. Ministry officials say the ruling is
The Ministry of the Interior wishes to buy up to 4,000 vehicles that would replace police cars with over 260,000 kilometres on the clock.
South Moravian Region police chief Leoš Tržil told Czech Television that the overturning of the tender decision put police work in danger.
A major increase in electric cars driving on Czech roads is expected in the coming years, with some experts predicting up to a quarter of a million electricity powered cars will be in the country by 2030. A gradual increase in the number of these vehicles will start next year, with the country’s largest car manufacturer Škoda planning on selling around 2,500, news site iHNed reports.
Severe rain and hail storms in the past two weeks are reported to have
caused damages to the tune of one billion crowns, according to data from
Czech insurance companies. The most damages are reported from the Olomouc
region but people all around the country have been filing insurance claims
over damaged roofs, cars and gardens.
Insurance companies say they have managed to settle around a third of the claims so far. Farmers also report severe damage to the fruit harvest.
Škoda Auto delivered 620,900 cars to customers in the first half of the
year, down 4.9 percent year on year.
The main factor was a drop of about a quarter in sales in China, the Volkswagen Group subsidiary said.
In the second half of 2019, the carmaker, which is the nation’s biggest exporter, expects to make up the difference thanks to demand for its new Scala and Kamiq models.
The Czech Republic’s year-on-year industrial production figures grew by 3.2 percent in May, 0.1 percent less than in the previous month, according to figures released by the Czech Statistics Office on Monday. The main drivers of growth were the automobile industry, as well as plastic and energy production. The country’s foreign trade surplus experienced a year-on-year rise of CZK 17.2 billion, reaching CZK 24.4 billion.
The turnover of Czech carmakers and spare parts manufacturers increased by
0.8 percent last year, to a record 1.1 billion crowns, the Czech Automotive
Association announced at a press conference on Thursday. Final sales
reached 617.5 billion crowns, up by 0.6 percent on 2017.
The growth rate slowed significantly compared to the previous year, when it rose by seven percent. According to the association chairman Bohdan Wojnar, the automotive industry likely reached its peak last year. He also said similar development is expected for 2019.
The recently appointed Czech minister of industry and trade, Karel
Havlíček, is in favour of lifting European Union sanctions against
Russia, Hospodářské noviny reported on Monday. Mr. Havlíček, who is an
ANO appointee, said at a recent meeting with the Russian ambassador to
Prague that the sanctions were harming the Czech Republic and ought to be
removed, the newspaper said, citing sources at the ministries of industry
and trade and foreign affairs.
The EU introduced the penalties in 2014 following Russian aggression toward Ukraine.
The minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, and the minister of finance, Alena Schillerová, told Hospodářské noviny that the Prague government continued to support them.
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