News of Radio Prague
Government to discuss tax reform
The Czech government is discussing a tax reform to raise money to finance repairs of damage caused by recent heavy floods. The government met on Sunday night to finalise a tax reform proposal to be discussed by Parliament later this week. The government hopes to get an extra 10 billion crowns annually by increasing the consumer tax and VAT, and by introducing a special tax rate for high-income groups.
Czech chief of staff attends NATO Military Committee meeting
Czech Army chief of staff Jiri Sedivy is attending a meeting of the Military Committee of NATO in Berlin on Monday and Tuesday, to discuss preparations for the Alliance's summit in Prague in November. The Military Committee session continues in Prague on Wednesday and Thursday. The Prague summit is the first NATO summit to be held behind the Iron Curtain. It is to be attended by representatives of 19 member states and 27 countries participating in the Partnership for Peace programme. Issues the summit is expected to deal with include relationships with Russia and further expansion eastward.
Police arrest four men with five kilograms of marijuana
The police arrested four 18-year-old men in the main square of the spa town of Podebrady, central Bohemia, on Sunday, for illegal drugs possession. The men carried five kilograms of marijuana in their car. If convicted, they face up to five years in prison. According to some sources, Czech drug addicts consume more than 50 tonnes of marijuana annually, most of it coming from domestic sources.
Euro Hockey Tour: Czech Republic beats Finland 7-2
The Czech Republic beat Finland 7-2 in the Ceska pojistovna Cup which is part of the Euro Hockey Tour. The Czechs are facing Sweden on Sunday night.
Czech weather report
We are expecting a mostly clear say, the highest daytime temperatures should range from 23 to 28 degrees Celsius.