The Cabinet has drafted a new conflict-of-interest law. It will not require the spouses of politicians and other public officials to disclose assets that are listed in their name alone, as organisations like the corruption watchdog Transparency International had been hoping for. Minister of Justice Pavel Nemec said the draft law improves upon previous legislation in setting out more precise guidelines.
On an official visit to Prague this week, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said that Berlin would insist on the full use of the seven-year transitional period for the free movement of labour from the new European Union member states, including the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, arguing for a Czech exemption, said the nation's largely immobile workforce represented no threat to the German labour market.
Meanwhile, the lower house has approved legislation under which companies would receive financial incentives for hiring people over the age of 50, as well as fresh school graduates. The bill has yet to be debated by the Senate and signed by the president.
Retailers selling ice hockey strips and equipment have seen a significant rise in sales following the Czech Republic's win in the sport's world championships last weekend. One sports shop owner told the daily Lidove noviny that sales normally increase by around 20 percent immediately after any Czech success, with the biggest increase being recorded in 1998, when the country took gold at the Winter Olympics in Nagano.