• 05/06/2022

    The European Commission has proposed giving the Czech Republic an exemption from the planned embargo on Russian oil until mid-2024, and an exemption for Hungary and Slovakia until the end of the same year, Reuters reported on Friday, citing an unnamed diplomatic source.

    A modified proposal for the oil embargo against Russia was discussed on Friday after three EU member states said they needed more time to cut their dependence on Russian oil. The Czech Republic is heavily dependent on Russian oil imports.

    According to Reuters, the EU executive also came up with several other concessions, including support for investment in new oil infrastructure.

    Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala has welcomed the offer saying it is being debated in the cabinet. Industry and Trade Minister Jozefa Síkela told the ctk news agency that by that time the Czech Republic could secure sufficient oil supplies from other than Russian sources.

  • 05/06/2022

    Europe's energy security will be one of the crucial themes of the forthcoming Czech EU presidency, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said after meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Thursday. The Czech Republic is due to take over the EU presidency from France in July.

    Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany will assist the Czech Republic in replacing the military equipment provided to Ukraine. According to Mr Scholz, the Czech army will receive Western technology in return for handing over Warsaw Pact-era weapons to Ukraine.

    Germany will also discuss with Czechia the possibility of jointly using the LNG terminals that Germany plans to build. For the Czech Republic, access to the terminal would ensure independence from Russian gas.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/06/2022

    Czech hockey players entered the Swedish Games in Stockholm on Thursday night with a 2:1 victory against Sweden. The goals were scored by defenseman David Sklenička and forward Jakub Vrána for the third victory in a row for coach Kari Jalonen’s team.

    The Czechs’ next game is against Finland on Saturday. The Swedish Games are part of the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour, in which the Czech Republic are ranked fourth.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/05/2022

    Germany will assist the Czech Republic in replacing the military equipment provided to Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a joint press conference with Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala in Berlin on Thursday. According to Mr Scholz, the Czech army will receive Western technology in return for handing over Warsaw Pact-era weapons to Ukraine.

    The Czech and German prime ministers also discussed the content of the planned new EU sanctions package against Moscow and Germany’s cooperation in the supply of oil and gas to Czechia. Mr Fiala, who was received in Berlin with military honours, also held talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/05/2022

    The Bank Board of the Czech National Bank raised its basic interest rate by 0.75 percentage point to 5.75 percent, the highest level since 1999, the central bank’s spokeswoman told the Czech News Agency on Thursday. It is the sixth above-standard increase in the base rate of more than 0.25 percentage point in a row.

    The increase is mainly due to the continuing rise in inflation, which has been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, and the central bank's efforts to dampen inflation expectations.

    The bank has also decided to increase the Lombard rate, which deals with short-term liquidity loans to commercial banks and the discount rate, by 0.75 percent to 6.75 percent.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/05/2022

    The Czech government will provide an additional EUR 18 million (around CZK 443 million) in humanitarian aid to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský announced at a donor conference in Warsaw on Thursday. So far, the Czech Republic has provided EUR 22 million (over CZK 540 million) worth of aid.

    Mr. Lipavský said more aid was needed in view of the ongoing conflict and growing humanitarian needs. The Czech diplomatic chief also said that Czechia could host another donor conference during the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of the year.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/05/2022

    Friday is expected to be partly cloudy with occasional rain showers in the south of the country and day temperatures ranging between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/05/2022

    A commemorative ceremony was held outside the Czech Radio building in the Czech capital on Thursday to mark the start of the Prague Uprising against years of Nazi oppression at the end of the Second World War.

    It was a radio broadcast which sparked the rising and the building became the focus for some of the fiercest fighting over the following days in the city and surrounding countryside.

    The event was attended by the speakers of the upper and lower chambers of Parliament, Miloš Vystrčil and Markéta Pekarová Adamová, Slovak Ambassador to Prague Rastislav Káčer as well as other public figures and witnesses of the events.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/05/2022

    Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala paid tribute to the victims of Nazism at Berlin’s Plötzensee prison, where the Nazi regime imprisoned its opponents and resistance fighters, including Czechoslovak freedom fighters.

    During his visit to Berlin on Thursday, the Czech head of government is due to hold talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. He will also be received by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The bilateral talks will focus on the crisis in Ukraine, energy security and Czech-German relations.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/05/2022

    The Czech Republic has now granted special visas to over 326,750 refugees from Ukraine. Some 1,900 visas were handed out on Wednesday, according to Interior Ministry data.

    Starting this week, refugees are required to report a change in their place of residence in Czechia in three days instead of the previous 30. The deadline for registering with the immigration police after entry into the Czech Republic has also been reduced to three days.

    According to the ministry, this step will enable the use of the accommodation capacities in individual towns more effectively.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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