• 05/19/2022

    Friday should be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon, and day temperatures between 22 and 27 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/19/2022

    Education Minister Petr Gazdík announced on Thursday that his ministry will launch a project in September that will support 400 disadvantaged schools in the Czech Republic with CZK 1.8 billion. He announced it after a visit to the Za Chlumem primary school in Bílina in the Ústí nad Labem Region, which made headlines this month for getting a security agency to guard the school due to “problem children”.

    The Bílina primary school has struggled in recent years with truancy, damage of school property, verbal attacks on classmates and teachers, and pupils smoking in the toilets. Money from the new project could be used by schools such as Za Chlumem to pay for social and special educators, school supplies, or meals for pupils.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/19/2022

    The European Commission is suing Czechia for its failure to enforce EU rules regarding video content that were introduced in 2018, and asked the EU Court of Justice on Thursday to issue a fine. According to the Commission, the directive has not been adopted into Czech law.

    The regulations aim, among other things, to improve protection of child viewers, to promote the cultural diversity of television content, and to extend the definition of illegal and harmful content to Internet video channels. Four other EU countries – Slovakia, Ireland, Romania and Spain – are also being fined.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/19/2022

    A working group will be set up in the Chamber of Deputies with the aim of preventing paralysis of the lower house of Parliament by filibustering, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Markéta Pekarová Adamová told Deník N on Thursday. The chamber’s sessions have been repeatedly blocked by filibustering in recent months.

    This February, for example, the opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy party blocked the adoption of an amendment to the pandemic law. In recent weeks, it was also used to oppose the possible introduction of postal voting for elections and to hamper discussion of an amendment to the Conflict of Interest Act. Tactics have included long breaks for parliamentary group meetings or making speeches several hours in length.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/19/2022

    Finance Minister Zbyněk Stanjura has ordered a review of his predecessor Anna Schillerová’s decision to waive VAT for gas and electricity in November and December of last year. The aim of the review is to check the legality of the decision, he said. By law, in order for the finance minister to waive VAT, the sharp rise in energy prices during the final quarter of last year has to be deemed an ‘extraordinary event’. Mr. Stanjura said on Thursday that the waiver also appeared to be in breach of EU law.

    Extraordinary events that warranted a VAT waiver in the past have been, for example, the coronavirus pandemic, a tornado in South Moravia, or the war in Ukraine.

    The ministry has said that the initiation of the review does not mean that VAT payers who benefitted from the waiver will have to repay anything at the moment.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/19/2022

    Visitors to an event on Saturday in honour of the late Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal will be able to enter his cottage and see his 1983 Ford Escort, the organisers said.

    Fans of the author will also get to meet actor Jaromír Hanzlík, who appeared in the film Cutting it Short, which was directed by Jiří Menzel and based on a Hrabal novel.

    The Hrabal’s Kersko festival, at the village of Kersko in Central Bohemia, will be taking place for the 23rd time.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 05/19/2022

    Slovácko beat Sparta Prague 3:1 in the final of the Czech domestic football cup on Wednesday evening, for the first ever trophy in the history of the club.

    The game took place at Slovácko’s 8,000-capacity stadium in the town of Uherské Hradiště.

    The club was founded in the year 2000 and has been in the Czech top flight since 2009.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 05/18/2022

    Germany is to donate 15 Leopard 2A4 tanks to the Czech Republic, while both states have also launched talks on the Prague government buying up to 50 of the most modern Leopard tanks, the 2A7+. The purchase could go ahead in the coming years, the Czech minister of defence, Jana Černochová, told the cabinet at a meeting on Thursday.

    The donated tanks may reach the Czech Army this year, a Czech Ministry of Defence spokesperson said. They would then undergo modernisation.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 05/18/2022

    Inflation in the Czech Republic was the third highest in the whole of the European Union in March, at 13.2 percent year-on-year, according to data from Eurostat cited by the Czech News Agency on Wednesday.

    The average rate of inflation in the EU was a record 8.1 percent. The rate in the Eurozone was 7.4 percent.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 05/18/2022

    Prague has been selected as the venue for next year’s edition of the annual Radiodays Europe conference for specialists in the fields of radio, podcasting and audio content production.

    Czech Radio will be co-organiser of the event, which will take place in late March 2023.

    Next year Czech Radio will also be celebrating its centenary.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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