Daily news summary
Zeman not to attend events marking anniversary of Velvet Revolution
Czech President Miloš Zeman is not planning to take part in events commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which marked the end of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
In an interview for the website Blesk, the Czech head of state said he would remember the events of November 1989 alone at home. He also said most people who would attend the events had not taken part in them 30 years ago.
Last year, angry protestors at Národní Street threw away the flowers laid to the monument at Prague’s Národní Street by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and the populist politician Tomio Okamura, as well as the wreath sent by the president.
Foreign Minister: Czechia should decide about its own energy mix
The Czech Republic should have the right to determine its own energy mix, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told the Czech News Agency on Sunday ahead of his departure for the United National General Assembly, which also includes the Sustainable Development Impact Summit.
Mr. Petříček also said nuclear energy represented part of the country’s energy mix and it was an important replacement of the fossil fuels, which are being gradually phased out.
President to sign extended law on electronic cash registers
President Miloš Zeman will sign into a law an extended bill on electronic cash registers as soon as he receives it. Mr Zeman made the statement on Sunday in an interview for the website Blesk.cz.
The amendment to the bill on cash registers, approved by MPs earlier this month, extends the duty to report sales electronically to professions that are not yet subject to it, including craftsmen, doctors, lawyers and taxi drivers.
The amendment will also allow small businesses with sales of up to 600,000 crowns to record sales in off-line mode using paper receipts. At the same time some services and goods, such as, catering, cleaning services or home care will move to the lowest 10% VAT rate.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš introduced the EET in 2016, when he was the finance minister, to counter the grey economy and tax fraud.
Carriers start registering in new electronic toll system
Starting this Sunday, carriers in the Czech Republic can start registering in the new electronic toll system. The new satellite system, operated by the consortium CzechToll/SkyToll, will be officially launched on December 1.
Hauliers using toll roads will be obliged to have their vehicles fitted with a new on-board unit by that date.
The launch of the new toll system was preceded by months of legal battles with the company Kapsch over the result of a tender for the new toll system operator. The Austrian company has run the Czech highway toll system since 2007.
Some 220,000 visitors attend NATO Days
Some 220,000 visitors attended the annual NATO Days and Czech Airforce Days military show at the Mošnov airfield near Ostrava, which took place on Saturday and Sunday.
This year’s edition of the event, which is one of the largest military air shows in Europe, commemorate 70 years since the foundation of the NATO and 20 years since the Czech Republic’s accession to the alliance.
Among the biggest highlights were demonstrations of combat and rescue equipment, including the American C-5 Super Galaxy transport aircraft, as well as several aerobatic shows.
Tennis: Karolína Muchová claims first WTA title at Korea Open
The Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchová has claimed her first-ever WTA singles title, after winning the Korea Open Final on Saturday. The 23-year-old Czech defeated Magda Linette of Poland 6-1, 6-1 in just 69 minutes to raise her first career trophy.
The Czech No. 5 is enjoying her career-best season, having previously reached her maiden WTA final in Prague in May and a Grand Slam quarterfinal debut at Wimbledon.
Sunday will be partly cloudy to overcast with occasional showers and daytime high ranging between 17 and 21 degrees Celsius.