Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Wednesday announced the details of a planned cabinet reshuffle. Trade and Industry Minister Marta Nováková will be leaving her post at the end of the month, together with Transport Minister Dan Ťok, who is leaving office at his own request following fierce criticism from opposition deputies. I asked political analyst Jiří Pehe about the timing of the reshuffle and the reasons behind it.
The Civic Democrats have come out with a new amendment to Czech driving legislation, which would allow drivers to have up to two lagers before taking the wheel. They hope to table the proposal at the next session of the Chamber of Deputies, but there appears to be scant support for the idea in the lower house.
Václav Havel Airport, also known simply as Prague Airport, has continued to attract more passengers every year since 2013 and a number of new projects ranging from transport, commercial infrastructure and customer service are expected to boost its competitiveness with other regional airport hubs. I asked the airport’s spokesman, Roman Pacvoň, about the airport’s plans for the future.
From Monday no fewer than 500 new Czech-made electric bicycles will appear on the streets of Prague under the Freebike brand. Rental is via an app and users will be able to leave the bikes – which also work in traditional pedal mode – at “virtual stations” around the city. At the system’s launch on Thursday I spoke to Charles Butler of operators Homeport.
Thanks to its location in the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic has always been a popular transit country for trucks. But it is not the only reason. According to a new study put together by the Centre for Economic and Market Analyses (CETA), the Czech Republic is also one of the cheapest countries in terms highway fees and fuel costs.
A helicopter crash near the town of Slavoňov in the north east of the
country claimed two lives on Friday morning. According to the regional
police spokesman Ondřej Moravčík, the police are now investigating the
helicopter’s flying route and other details. The village mayor, Michal
Suchánek, says that the helicopter circled high above before plunging down
from the sky straight into the field.
The company which owns the helicopter, told the news server Novinky.cz that the machine was on a training flight.
Four seasonal ferries across the Vltava River, operated by the Prague
public transport system, are set to resume their operation on Saturday. The
ferry between the districts of Holešovice and Karlín has extended its
service and will now ferry passengers until 10 p.m.
There are currently eight ferry lines available in the capital, with three of them running throughout the year. The ferry services on the Berounka River between Černošice and Kazín will resume operation on June 1.
Czechs began driving on the right side of the road on this day 80 years
ago. The Nazis introduced the change from driving on the left on March 17,
1939, two days after their occupation of the Czech lands began.
However, plans for such a switch had been in place for some time. Czechoslovakia had signed up to the Paris Convention, which committed the state to going right, in 1926 and had eventually got around to setting May 1, 1939 as the date for the switch.
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