• 09/26/2022

    Head of the Bohemian Switzerland National Park administration Pavel Benda has been dismissed by Environment Minister Anna Hubáčková, due to poor handling of the forest fire that broke out in July and insufficient communication with surrounding municipalities, the Czech News Agency reported on Monday. Mr. Benda's final day in the position will be September 30.

    The forest fire in the national park was the largest the country has ever experienced. The mayors of some municipalities in the region repeatedly complained about poor communication between themselves and the park administration, and residents in the town of Mezná, where three houses burned down, want to take the management to court as they believe the devastating fire could have been prevented. The park administration denies any wrongdoing.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/26/2022

    Confidence in the Czech economy is at an all-time low, according to data published on Monday by the Czech Statistical Office. It continued to decline in September, falling by four points month-on-month to 90.1, and has also declined in a year-on-year comparison. Entrepreneurs and consumers are the most pessimistic - confidence among these sample groups has fallen to 72.7 points, the lowest since polling began in January 2003. In addition, almost a third of households report that they can barely make ends meet.

    However, there was a slight decrease in the number of respondents who rate their current financial situation as worse compared to the previous 12 months.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/26/2022

    The government's plan to cap electricity and gas prices for households and small and medium-sized businesses will not apply to all the energy consumed, Czech Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Sikela said in a debate on Czech Television on Sunday. Mr. Sikela said negotiations at the EU level should set an upper limit on consumption up to which prices will be capped for households. This is to motivate people to save energy. In line with the measures approved, electricity prices for households will be capped at 6 crowns per kilowatt hour and 3 crowns for gas as of November.

  • 09/26/2022

    Coalition talks have started in municipalities around the country in the wake of the weekend's municipal elections. Although independent candidates dominated the elections in smaller municipalities, coalitions in the big cities will involve the ruling parties and the opposition ANO party, which won considerable gains in the large regional cities.

    The ruling parties won in the biggest cities Prague and Brno, as well as Plzeň, Liberec and Česke Budějovice, while the opposition ANO party dominated in eight regional towns: Hradec Králové, Jihlava, Karlovy Vary, Olomouc, Ostrava, Pardubice, Ústí nad Labem and Zlín.

    The first coalition deal was agreed in the west Bohemian town of Plzeň, where the ANO party, the Mayors and Independents and the Pirate Party agreed to form a coalition government, bypassing the winner in the municipality, SPOLU.

  • 09/25/2022

    Monday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain in places and day temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius.

  • 09/25/2022

    The ANO party, the Mayors and Independents and the Pirate Party have agreed to form a coalition government in the west Bohemian town of Plzeň, by-passing the winner in the municipality, SPOLU. The deal, concluded just hours after the election on Saturday night, was made possible thanks to support from  two councilors who ran for the Freedom and Direct Democracy party. The SPOLU coalition, which narrowly defeated ANO, has ended up in the opposition, as has the Movement for Plzeň. Both SPOLU and ANO have 15 councilors, while the Pirates and Mayors and Independents have four each; 24 votes are needed for a majority in the council.

  • 09/25/2022

    The Mayors and Independents Party which was hit by a corruption scandal in recent weeks suffered the biggest losses. In the Senate elections the party defended five seats and fielded 14 candidates in 27 districts. However, only four of them made it to the second round. Party leader Vít Rakušan said that he was disappointed by the outcome but in view of the scandal surrounding the party the results in municipal elections were better than he had dared to hope. He said it would now be up to the party to prove itself.

  • 09/25/2022

    Opposition leader and ANO party head Andrej Babiš has said he is satisfied with the election result since his party had significantly improved its standing in municipal elections and had 18 candidates who would be competing in the second round of Senate elections next weekend. However he said he had hoped for a bigger turnout. Turnout in the municipal elections was 46 percent.

    The opposition leader had called on the public to treat these elections as a referendum on the government’s performance and indicated that he might reconsider his earlier-stated intention to leave politics.

  • 09/25/2022

    Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala of the Civic Democrats welcomed the election outcome, saying that it was proof that cooperation between the five parties in the ruling coalition is viable and should continue. He thanked voters for coming to the polls adding that if these elections had been a referendum on the government’s performance at a difficult time then it had clearly passed the test.

  • 09/25/2022

    In the Senate elections, three candidates were elected in the first round of voting. Senator Ladislav Václavec from the ANO party crossed the 50 percent vote margin in the Bruntál region, as did Christian Democrat candidate Petr Fiala in Ústí nad Orlicí and Jiří Růžička for TOP 09 in Prague 6.

    The second round of voting in the Senate elections, due next weekend, will be a standoff between candidates for the ruling coalition and the opposition ANO party. Regardless of the outcome, it is clear that the ruling coalition will maintain its dominance in the Senate.

    Among those contesting a seat in the second round will be the Speaker of the Senate Miloš Vystrčil who won 45.5 percent of the vote in the first round against Jana Nagyova from ANO who won 30.7 percent. The contest was closely watched since Ms. Nagyova is among those charged in connection with the Stork’s Nest scandal linked to ANO leader Andrej Babiš.

    Voter turnout in the Senate elections was close to 42 percent.

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