Daily news summary
Tripartite fails to agree on proposed wage hikes in 2020
A meeting of the tripartite –government officials, employers and trade unions –on Monday failed to reach agreement on wage hikes in the public sector in 2020.
The Finance Ministry is proposing a 2 percent wage hike for public sector workers next year, with teachers alone getting a 10 percent increase.
The proposal won support from employer representatives, but was vehemently opposed by trade unions who are demanding an 8 percent increase for civil servants, a 15 percent hike for teachers and a 10 percent increase for non-teaching school staff.
Government approves proposal to raise consumer tax on tobacco, spirits and gambling
The government has approved a Finance Ministry proposal to impose a higher consumer tax on tobacco, spirits and gambling.
The tax on cigarettes and tobacco should go up by 10 percent, that on spirits by 13 percent. Certain forms of gambling should also see a tax increase from 23 to 25 or even 30 percent.
The proposed hikes would increase state revenues by approximately 10 billion crowns a year. If approved by Parliament and signed by President Zeman the amendment would come into force as of January 2020.
President Zeman opens annual Prague Žofín economic forum
Czech head of state Miloš Zeman has called for a complete transformation of the European Union following recent elections to the European Parliament. Speaking at the opening of the annual Prague Žofín economic forum on Tuesday, President Zeman also said the decision-making powers should be transferred to the European Council.
The Žofín Forum, which serves as a platform for debate on economic issues and matters relating to security and social issues, is attended by leading politicians, economists and academics.
US military convoy to pass through Czech Republic
A US military convoy, which is heading to a military exercise in Romania and Hungary, will enter the Czech Republic on Tuesday. The convoy, made up of around 350 armoured combat vehicles and over 800 personnel, is due to cross the Czech-German at border in Rozvadov near Plzeň in the evening.
The US troops will be crossing the country in the late evening and night hours to avoid traffic disruption. A smaller part of the convoy passed through the Czech Republic at the weekend.
Competition films at Karlovy Vary 2019 unveiled
Chinese film Mosaic Portrait by director Zhai Yixiang will be among the highlights of this year’s main competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the organisers said on Tuesday. The main section will include 10 world and two international premieres, though this year it will have no Czech contenders.
The Czech Republic will be represented in the East of the West competition by Michal Hogenauer’s drama A Certain Kind of Silence. Award-winning Czech documentarist Martin Mareček will be competing for a prize in the documentary competition with his intimate road movie Over the Hills.
The 54th Karlovy Vary festival will run in the West Bohemian spa town from June 28 to July 6.
Czech biathlon star Koukalová announces end of career
The Czech biathlon star, Gabriela Koukalová has announced the end of her career. The double Olympic silver medallist at Sochi and two-time World Championship winner made the announcement on social media on Tuesday. The 29-year-old athlete said she decided to focus on other areas of life.
Koukalová last competed in March 2017, when she came second in the mass start event at a World Cup meeting in Oslo. She stopped competing due to an ongoing problem with her calves.
Wednesday is expected to be mostly overcast with occasional rain showers. Daytime temperatures will be ranging between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius.