A spell of warm weather has broken records around Czechia. Record temperatures for March 23 were seen at 24 out of 161 stations keeping records for 30 years or more.
The highest temperature, 22.5 degrees Celsius, was registered in Brod nad Dyjí in South Moravia.
Heat consumption from central heating plants in Czechia fell by 12 percent year-on-year in 2022, according to the data released by the Energy Regulatory Office on Friday. A total of 74 PJs of heat was consumed, which is the lowest figure in six years.
Consumption fell across all sectors, with industry and households traditionally accounting for the largest share. In addition to heat, the use of other energies also fell last year. Electricity consumption dropped by almost four per cent to 73.66 TWh.
Gas consumption was the lowest in eight years, with Czechs consuming a total of 7.544 billion cubic metres, down by a fifth year-on-year.
Friday will be mostly overcast with occasional rain and day temperatures ranging between 15 and 19 degrees Celsius.
The Euro 7 emission standards proposed by the European Commission to reduce air pollution from new motor vehicles sold in the EU needs to be significantly changed so that it doesn’t limit the production of small personal vehicles, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Thursday ahead of his departure for the European summit in Brussels.
EU lawmakers and member states in October agreed that from 2035 all newly registered cars and light commercial vehicles must no longer emit CO2, which effectively means a ban for combustion engine cars.
Czechia, along with Germany, previously said they would not support the EU emission standards unless the use of synthetic fuels remains possible after the deadline.
Within a few weeks, Czech citizens will be able to use digital prescriptions issued by their doctor when visiting a pharmacy in another EU country, such as Croatia, Poland or Spain, the head of the State Institute for Drug Control, Irena Storová, said at a press conference on Thursday.
Similarly, foreigners from these countries will be able to retrieve electronically prescribed medicine in Czechia. Currently, they are only allowed to pick up medicines in the EU with a printed prescription.
The State Institute for Drug Control will publish a list of facilities in Czechia and foreign countries which will allow the option to use a foreign e-prescription.
An RM-70 missile launcher, named Přemysl, purchased with funds from Czech donors, will be handed over to Ukraine in just a few weeks’ time.
The initiative called Gift for Putin, which organizes the collection, has already raised CZK 30 million, it announced on Thursday.
The Czech civic association previously collected money for a tank called Tomáš, which has already been deployed in combat in Ukraine.
Czechia’s postal service will abolish 2,269 positions from July, some of which are currently vacant, the company’s spokesman Matyáš Vitík announced on Thursday. Czech Post has not yet identified the specific workers affected by the planned lay-offs.
The move is related to the planned closure of about 300 of the company’s 3,200 branches. According to the daily Mladá fronta Dnes, which refers to a document Czech Post sent to the labour office, the lay-offs will mainly concern counter staff, deliverymen and lower management.
The state-owned company currently employs about 25,000 people.
The Czech Republic’s foreign debt fell year-on-year by CZK 65 billion to CZK 4,454 trillion in 2022, according to preliminary data released by the Czech National Bank on Thursday.
The sum represented 65.7 percent of Czechia's GDP. During the last quarter of 2021 alone, the country’s foreign debt rose by CZK 47.9 billion.
The most indebted sector of the Czech economy is the banking sector, which makes up 39.6 percent of the country’s total foreign debt, followed by the government sector with 14.6 percent.
President Petr Pavel has signed an amendment to Lex Ukraine, a package of laws providing the legislative framework for assisting Ukrainian war refugees in Czechia, the presidential office announced on Thursday.
As of July, the conditions for eligibility for humanitarian aid will be tightened. New rules will also come into force for the so-called solidarity allowance for the accommodation of Ukrainians with temporary protection visas as well as for free emergency accommodation.
According to the cabinet, the changes are intended to increase the Ukrainian refugees’ share in the cost of living and contribute to their integration into society.
The Czech government approved a change to legislation on Wednesday that will prevent Russians and Belarusians who also possess another citizenship from receiving Czech visas, the press office of the Office of Government informs.
The government already decided to halt the issuing to Russian and later Belarussian citizens last year, with the exception of humanitarian cases. The validity of this order is being extended until March of next year.
At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has proposed expanding visa exceptions to Ukrainian citizens, to include the possibility for these national to receive a visa for reasons of connecting families, scientific research and study.
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