• 06/29/2022

    The army and the military police will be called into action during the Czech Republic’s Presidency of the EU Council. According to a spokesperson from the General Staff the army has allocated 120 professional soldiers, including explosives experts and dog handlers, to the Police of the Czech Republic, for a period of six months. They will be in charge of security operations at the various EU events planned and assist with the transport of delegates to and from Prague airport, where an operations centre has been set up to coordinate the activities of the various units involved.

  • 06/29/2022

    The European Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against three people and three companies for subsidy fraud, damage to the EU's financial interests and money laundering, the CTK news agency reported. According to the police, the chief perpetrator pretended to be working on a project in the field of nanotechnology, but spent the bulk of the EU finances on model trains. The damages are estimated at 133 million crowns. The Office of the European Public Prosecutor supervised the investigation and filed charges since most of the funds obtained came from European Union sources.

  • 06/29/2022

    Ombudsman Stanislav Křeček‘s decision to strip his deputy Monika Šimůnková of her portfolio, may be an act of revenge for the criticism to which the Ombusdman was submitted by the Senate, his predecessor in office Anna Šabatová told the CTK news agency. The Ombudsman announced on Tuesday that he was stripping Ms. Šimůnková of her competences because of “human and managerial complications accompanying her work.” Šimůnková told CTK that she would complain about the matter to the Chamber of Deputies and was also considering filing a lawsuit against Křeček for his damaging statements about her person.

    The Senate has publicly criticized Ombudsman Stanislav Křeček for making “prejudiced and xenophobic remarks” about certain groups of society. A resolution, passed by 25 out of 45 Senators present, calls on the Ombudsman to act “justly and impartially” in accordance with his office, saying that his remarks may put off discriminated persons from speaking out in their own defense.

  • 06/29/2022

    General Petr Pavel has confirmed that he will run in the 2023 presidential election due to be held in January. The general told the media that he is collecting signatures in support of his candidacy from the general public and is expecting to make an official announcement in August. In the meantime, he said he was preparing his campaign and would welcome financial donations from supporters.

    General Petr Pavel, who served as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee from 2015 to 2018, is considered a hot contestant for the top post. Opinion polls suggest that he alone has the chance to beat the former Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, in a second round of presidential elections. Babiš has not yet officially confirmed his candidacy, but the likelihood that he will run is reported to be high.

  • 06/29/2022

    Some 1,181 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, around twice the number recorded the same day last week. The number of people in hospital with the coronavirus was roughly 150, a rise of 30 in one week.

    The number of known infections began climbing again in the Czech Republic at the start of June but this has accelerated in recent days. This has been blamed on the relatively infectious BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron.

    Monday was the first day to see over 1,000 cases since the start of May.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/29/2022

    After almost four months, a state of emergency called by the Czech government to help deal with a wave of refugees from Ukraine will cease at the end of June. The provision has made it easier for the state to provide accommodation and other services to people fleeing Russia’s war on Ukraine.

    The Czech government has recently approved several pieces of legislation dealing with the migration crisis; these do away with the need for a state of emergency, officials say.

    Close to 400,000 Ukrainians have come to the Czech Republic since Russia’s President Putin attacked their country in late February.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/28/2022

    The average price of lunch at a Czech restaurant stands at CZK 163, suggests a survey conducted in June by Sodexo Benefity, a company that supplies luncheon vouchers. That is CZK 28 higher than in 2020.

    In the capital Prague the average price of a lunch is CZK 190, the study indicates. Lunches are cheapest – at CZK 147 on average – in the relatively badly off Karlovy Vary Region.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/28/2022

    Ukraine’s ambassador to Prague, Yevhen Perebyinis, has protested against the inclusion of a Russian work in the programme of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which begins on Friday.

    In a letter to festival chief Jiří Bartoška, the diplomat said the movie Capitan Volkonogov Escaped had been made with Russian state support and its makers had worked on Russian propaganda films.

    The festival’s artistic director, Karel Och, said previously that Karlovy Vary did not wish to boycott the work of Russian filmmakers.

    The festival has expressed support for Ukrainian cinema since Russia invaded the country and is presenting works in progress in cooperation with a festival in Odessa which was unable to take place.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/28/2022

    The Czech minister of culture, Martin Baxa, will visit Lviv on Wednesday at the invitation of his Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksandr Tkachenko. The meeting will also be attended by arts ministers from other Central and Eastern European and Baltic states.

    The officials are expected to discuss the impact of Russian aggression on Ukraine’s cultural monuments and co-operation with Kyiv in this area.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/28/2022

    It should be mainly overcast in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, with an average high temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. The following days are expected to see sunshine.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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