• 09/27/2021

    The Czech government on Monday approved the draft state budget for 2022, despite opposition from the junior Social Democratic Party. The draft budget envisages a deficit of 376 billion crowns, with revenues projected at 1 543.3 billion crowns and expenditures at 1 919.9 billion crowns.

    The Social Democrats voted against because of a disagreement over the proposed increase in the salaries of civil servants. The budget envisages an increase of 1,400 crowns, per month which the Social Democrats say will barely cover inflation. The party had pushed for an increase of 3,000 crowns a month.

    The government is bound to submit the draft budget to Parliament by September 30. However, the Chamber of Deputies will not have time to approve it before the general elections scheduled for October 8-9.

  • 09/27/2021

    The Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize for 2021 has gone to the jailed Belorussian opposition activist Maria Kalesnikava. Kalesnikava as is described as one of the three female symbols of the Belarusian opposition and its people’s struggle for civil and political liberties and fundamental rights.”

    Kalesnikava has been in detention in Minsk since September 2020, charged with conspiracy to seize power. The Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded every year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation to honor outstanding civil society work in defense of human rights.

  • 09/27/2021

    Tuesday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain in the eastern parts of the country and day temperatures between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.

  • 09/27/2021

    President Miloš Zeman has signed into force a bill which will sideline Russian and Chinese companies from a six billion euro tender on the expansion of the Dukovany nuclear power plant. The law stipulates that only technologies from countries that have acceded to the 1996 International Government Procurement Agreement will be eligible for the construction of a new reactor at the plant. The conditions given mean that the only companies competing for the tender are France’s EDF, South Korea’s KHNP and Westingouhe from the United States. The tender should be officially announced after a new government takes office following general elections in October.

  • 09/27/2021

    Renáta Kellnerová, widow of the late Petr Kellner owner of the financial group PPF, now tops the ladder as the richest Czech, in a survey compiled by the weekly Euro. Her assets are estimated at 250 billion crowns. The real estate magnate Radovan Vítek placed second with assets worth 98 billion and entrepreneur Daniel Kretinsky came third with property worth 83 billion Czech crowns. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš dropped from fourth to sixth place on the ladder.

  • 09/27/2021

    Laboratories in the Czech Republic registered 250 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, which is 66 more than on the same day of the previous week. The reproduction number rose slightly to 1.06. There are currently 169 patients hospitalized with Covid.

    In the course of the past few weeks the number of infected has been slowly but steadily rising. While at the start of the month there were 1,700 new cases in the space of a week, the following weeks brought 2,600 , 3,000 and most recently 3,300 new cases in the space of a week.

  • 09/27/2021

    Police in Colombia are investigating the murder of a 25-year-old woman from the Czech Republic, according to local media reports. The woman was allegedly shot dead when she was returning to her hotel on Saturday night. Her dead body was found near the village of Jardín, south of the town of Medellín. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the death of a Czech woman in Colombia, but has not released any further details.

  • 09/27/2021

    The former Czech president, Vaclav Klaus remains in Prague’s Central Military hospital where he is getting treated for high blood pressure and other health problems. According to his spokesperson, Petr Macinka, Mr. Klaus is likely to remain in the hospital’s urological clinic for several more days.

    The 80-year-old former president underwent hip surgery in 2008. In February of this year, he tested positive for Covid-19, but refused hospitalization at the time.

  • 09/27/2021

    Travel to the Czech Republic from France, Spain, the Netherlands and Monaco, has become easier as of Monday, when these countries turned orange on the Czech Health Ministry’s travel map.

    Passengers from orange states who are not fully vaccinated must fill in an arrival form upon arrival and be tested before entering the Czech Republic or undergo an antigen test no later than five days after arrival.

    Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Ireland, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Austria, Romania, Greece, San Marino and Switzerland remain in the red, high-risk category, meaning that travellers who are not fully vaccinated have to undergo a PCR test no earlier than the fifth, but no later than the 14th day after arrival and self-isolate until then.

  • 09/26/2021

    Monday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain and day temperatures between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.

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