• 05/26/2022

    Friday will see temperatures range around 20 degrees Celsius with overcast skies and rainfall especially likely in the central and northern parts of the country.

  • 05/26/2022

    The Czech supports Moldova’s efforts to join the European Union, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said on Thursday after a meeting with his Moldovan counterpart Nicolae Popescu on Thursday. Mr Lipavský added that this will also be one of the priorities during the Czech Republic’s presidency of the EU Council in the second half of this year.

    Moldova, along with Georgia, applied for EU membership on March 3rd, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Foreign Minister Popescu said that his country has filled out the EU questionnaire and expects a reply from the European Commission during the first half of June. A key factor will be the results of talks between member states on the EU Council.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/26/2022

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky should address the Czech Parliament in a video speech on June 15, the speakers of both Czech Parliamentary chambers, Miloš Vystrčil and Markéta Pekarová Adamová said on Wednesday evening.

    Ms Pekarová Adamová who is the speaker of the lower-house said that the Ukrainian president’s address has been unofficially confirmed and should take place at around 11am. The speech should be streamed live to both chambers.

    President Zelensky has made several similar speeches to foreign parliaments since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/26/2022

    Swiss President Ignazio Cassie met with his Czech counterpart Miloš Zeman at the latter’s Lany country residency on Thursday morning to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as relations between Switzerland and the European Union. A press conference held by the two heads of state is planned for later in the day.

    President Cassie, who is also in charge of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, is set to meet with Czechia’s Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský later on Thursday.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/26/2022

    The Czech National Bank (ČNB) should keep its interest rates at a higher level than normal in order to prevent what is currently a predominantly cost-push inflation turning into a demand-pull inflation, the ČNB board member and future governor Aleš Michl has told the weekly Ekonom. Cost push inflation is a phenomenon largely independent of external control, he said.

    According to Mr Michl it is necessary to support government efforts to lower public debt and not to increase wages above labour productivity growth levels.

    In the future, the yield from the ČNB's foreign exchange reserves could finance the deficit of the pension system, the future bank governor said.

    Mr Michl is set to replace current Czech National Bank Governor Jiří Rusnok from July of this year.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/26/2022

    The Ministry of Defense is planning to build a new logistics base in the vicinity of Ostrava Mošnov Airport, the third biggest airport in the country, Defense Minister Jana Černochová announced on Wednesday. The base will serve exclusively as a logistics center for the army, not for military training. According to the defense minister, the Moravia-Silesia region has agreed to transfer the land for the center free of charge. Construction work is expected to start in 2024. The plan also includes the reconstruction of the airport's runway and should create hundreds of new jobs in the region.

  • 05/26/2022

    The government on Wednesday approved another hike in old age and disability pensions to make up for the high inflation. Pensions will go up by an average 700 crowns a month as of September in what will be the third increase this year. The average old age pension will thus increase from roughly 15,000 to 16 thousand crowns a month. The government is bound by law to increase pensions whenever inflation crosses the 5 percent mark. The inflation rate is now at 14.2 percent.

  • 05/25/2022

    Thursday should be partly cloudy with day temperatures between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.

  • 05/25/2022

    Trade union leaders and government representatives on Wednesday failed to reach agreement on wage growth in the public sector in the second half of 2022. The unions are demanding a hike that will make up for the soaring inflation, which has now reached 14.2 percent and an increase in the minimum wage to 18,200 crowns from July. Another meeting is scheduled for June 7. The unions are threatening a general strike if there is no agreement by that date. The average salary in the public sector is 44,782 crowns a month, but two thirds of employees are well under that mark.

  • 05/25/2022

    The State Health Institute has reported another suspected case of monkeypox in the Czech Republic. The institute confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the county on Tuesday, and is now analyzing the samples of people who came into close contact with the infected person. The person who tested positive appears to have contracted the infection at a music festival in Belgium and is now in isolation in Prague’s Central Military Hospital.

    Eleven EU member states have so far reported cases of monkeypox, among them neighbouring Germany and Austria.

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