An inspection of the city’s taxis service has revealed that more than a third of Prague taxi drivers rip off their clients. According city hall inspectors 6 out of 16 taxi drivers upped the price and some even failed to switch on their meter. The city hall wants to introduce tougher rules for taxi drivers and increase controls.
The parties of the coalition governing Prague have declared the will to preserve the alliance which is under severe strain following internal fighting and the dismissal of four councilors last month. The four were voted off the council in a stormy session which observers later described as a tit-for-tat war between the ANO party, the Social Democrats and the three-way coalition of Greens, Christian Democrats, and the STAN group of mayors and independents. Coalition representatives met on Tuesday to clarify their stands regarding the future of the alliance. A scheduled meeting of the Prague leadership will thus go ahead as planned on Thursday.
Humanitarian aid provided by NGOs to immigrants from war-stricken regions, who arrive in Europe, is lacking coordination and requires better cooperation with state institutions, representatives of European NGOs agreed upon at the International Humanitarian Congress in Prague on Friday. They have also agreed that the organizations providing help should improve mutual cooperation. The third edition of the International Humanitarian Congress is co-organised by major Czech NGOs such as People in Need, Adra and Caritas Czech Republic, and its main focus this year are the growing challenges in humanitarian aid.
Former ANO deputy leader Radmila Kleslová has resigned from her posts in city companies, citing a media campaign against her person. According to information released by the Pirate party this week, Ms Kleslová, who is also the mayor of Prague 10, reportedly received 360,000 crowns a month for counselling from the capital’s main electricity distribution company, Pražská energetika, and from the heating company Pražská teplárenská. Three other firms, the ČEZ energy giant, Czech fuel distributor Čepro and the Czech state-owned train operator České dráhy have already suspended cooperation with the politician in the past.
Prague councillors have removed four out of eleven members of the City Hall Assembly from office, including the Green Party deputy mayor Matěj Stropnický, citing poor performance. The head of the Green Party, Ondřej Mirovský, said the dismissal of Mr Stropnický was a blatant termination of the coalition agreement. The City Hall has been governed by a three-way coalition of the Greens, the Christian Democrats and Mayors and Independents. Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová said on Friday that the functioning of the coalition has not been affected, adding that further steps will be debated next week.
Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza Garriga has been presented with this year’s Franz Kafka Prize, which the Franz Kafka Society annually awards for outstanding literary work and which carries a reward of $10,000. Mendoza Garriga, a contemporary historical Spanish novelist, is the 15th winner of the Franz Kafka Prize, the only international literary prize awarded in the Czech Republic. The international jury praised his narrative skills, human approach to the depicted events and a sharp sense of humour.
Visiting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday met for talks with the Speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, Jan Hamáček. They discussed security in the Middle East, the migrant crisis in Europe and bilateral cooperation. Hamáček said Czech-Israeli relations were on an excellent level and the two countries could collaborate in a number of spheres such as defense. Later in the day the Israeli president and his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman paid homage to Holocaust victims at the National Cemetery in Terezin and attended the opening of an Israeli-Czech business forum.
Construction workers this week returned to a plot of land in Prague 7 where a new shopping mall and office complex could stand in as little as 18 months. The question is how soon they will move beyond basement levels. Prague 7’s mayor, Jan Čižinský, has made clear that the developer needs to meet requirements in its contract with Prague 7 which have not yet been met.
Police in Prague have apprehended a burglar after finding a print of his ear on the door of flats he is believed to have robbed. In a statement on the police’s website, spokesman Jan Daněk said the man, who is 30, was wanted in connection with at least 10 burglaries in Prague 2 and Prague 5 this year. He left his ear print on the doors of apartments as he listened to ascertain whether the owners were at home, Mr. Daněk wrote.
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