The Senate has passed a draft law that would make it easier for the children and grandchildren of exiles from Communist Czechoslovakia to obtain Czech citizenship. The bill, which is expected to be signed into law by the president, pertains to descendants of those stripped of their own citizenship prior to 1989. ‘Krajané’ – Czech compatriots and their descendants – have long lobbied for the move, and hundreds are expected to apply.
The Senate has passed a draft law that would make it easier for the
children and grandchildren of exiles from Communist Czechoslovakia to
obtain Czech citizenship.
The legislation pertains to descendants of Czechs stripped of their Czechoslovak citizenship prior to 1989. Applicants must provide documentation detailing when and how their parent or grandparent lost their citizenship in order to be eligible.
The bill, which went through several readings in both houses of Parliament, must be signed by the president to become law.
According to the Interior Ministry, the change in law could lead to applications from hundreds of people, including families of former Czechoslovak citizens living in crisis-torn Venezuela.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has advised Czechs travelling to Great Britain
to take along their passports in order to avoid possible complications in
view of Brexit.
Martin Smolek, head of the ministry’s consular department told journalists that which it was still possible to travel to Britain on a citizen’s ID card the situation could change in time and in order to avoid possible complications with British immigration police it was advisable to carry a passport as well.
All other documents relating to stays in GB should remain valid until the end of October, Smolek said.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said that citizens and businesses should be able to profit from state online services within the next five years. Furthermore, citizens should be able to rely on online services to support them in the full administration process. The commitment was made on Monday, at the launch of the annual ISSS conference in Hradec Králové which is being attended by more than 2,000 guests from the public and private sectors.
Some two dozen people gathered outside Prague Castle on Sunday to protest
against the security checks at the gates to the Prague Castle compound,
which were introduced in 2016 and have remained in place since.
The security checks, which every tourist or local must undergo if they wish to enter the compound, have brought protests from travel agencies and members of the public who were used to visiting the seat of the head of state freely.
The president’s spokesman has repeatedly defended the security checks saying they were made following recommendations to the Office of the President by security experts.
Nine out of 10 people in Prague say that they feel safe, suggests a survey
carried out by the agency Ipsos Public Affairs. In some parts of the city,
as many as 98 percent of respondents said they had a feeling of safety.
Under 30s were the population group who considered themselves most in danger, according to the results of the study, in which over 1,100 Prague residents and 100 tourists were interviewed.
Respondents identified drug-related issues, vandalism and street crime as the city’s biggest problems.
Six out of ten Czechs consider terrorism to be a “serious threat” to
the peace and security in the country, a new opinion survey by the Centre
for Public Opinion Research (CVVM) finds.
At 61 percent, that figure is down 10 percentage points from a 2016 survey and 20 percentage points from a survey the year before, when the European “refugee crisis” began.
However, after terrorism, respondents cited international organised crime and refugees as the next biggest possible threats to national security. Just over half (54 percent) said these were “serious threats”.
Less than one-quarter of those polled said they thought left- or right-wing extremism posed a “serious threat”.
The CVVM survey of 1,104 Czechs aged 15 or older took place from November 3 –15, 2018.
Heightened security measures have come into force in Prague in connection with Advent. The main focus is on the city’s Christmas markets, shopping malls, airports, railway stations and public transport. More police should be visible on the streets starting this weekend and concrete barriers have been set up around the city’s biggest Christmas markets. Interior Minister Jan Hamáček said there was no indication of an immediate threat and the measures enforced were standard.
Self-styled “home guard” paramilitary groups now have around 2,000 members in the Czech Republic and represent a significant security threat. That’s according to the Ministry of the Interior’s latest report on extremism. It warns that some of these groups are xenophobic and racist and are attempting to forge ties with members of the police.
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