• 09/24/2022

    Czechs are voting in municipal elections and elections to a third of the Senate, the upper house of Parliament. Approximately a quarter of all eligible voters cast their ballot on Friday, the first day of the elections. Among the first to vote in their constituencies were party leaders and President Milos Zeman. In a brief statement for Czech Television the head of state urged Czechs to exercise their voting right and help shape the future of their respective municipality.  Referendums on local issues are taking place in 14 municipalities.

    A total of 178 candidates are contesting 27 seats in the Senate and close to 200, 000 people are running for 60,000 seats in local councils. A second round of voting in the Senate elections will take place next weekend for contestants who fail to win 50 percent of the vote.

    Polling stations close at 2pm on Saturday. The first results, with around 75 percent of votes counted, are expected on Saturday evening, the final result on Sunday morning.

  • 09/23/2022

    Czechs go to the polls on Friday and Saturday to cast their ballots in municipal elections and elections to a third of the Senate, the upper house of Parliament. A second round of voting in the Senate elections will take place next weekend for contestants who fail to win 50 percent of the vote.

    A total of 178 candidates are contesting 27 seats in the Senate and close to 200, 000 people are running for 60,000 seats in local councils. In both cases the candidate pool is lower in number than in the previous elections.

    Polling stations are open from 2pm on Friday till 10 pm and from 8am till 2pm on Saturday.

    The first results are expected on Saturday evening, the final result on Sunday morning.

  • 09/23/2022

    Saturday should be clear to partly cloudy with drizzle in places and day temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius.

  • 09/23/2022

    President Miloš Zeman will attend an upcoming Visegrad Group presidential summit in Slovakia in October, the Office of the President announced on Friday. The heads of state of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary will discuss primarily the war in Ukraine, its impact on Europe and the  ongoing energy crisis, the report said. The meeting of V4 presidents, to take place on October 11 in Bratislava, is the first meeting of Visegrad heads of state since the start of the war in Ukraine.

  • 09/23/2022

    Taiwan and Czechia have signed memoranda of understanding on cooperation in the fields of education, science and culture. A delegation of Czech senators and ministry representatives, led by the chairman of the Senate’s Education Committee, Jiří Drahoš, is in Taiwan for talks aimed at revitalizing ties and tapping new cooperation potential in these fields. According to Taipei Radio, Mr. Drahoš called for the introduction of direct flights between Taipei and Prague, which would help facilitate closer contacts in culture and education and bring more Taiwanese tourists to Czechia. Before the Covid pandemic around 200,000 Taiwanese visited Czechia annually, but their numbers have since dropped significantly.

  • 09/23/2022

    EU ministers for consumer protection are meeting in Prague on Friday to debate consumer rights across Europe. According to Czech Trade and Industry Minister Jozef Sikela the debate will focus on the challenges of consumer protection online and offline as well as the need to afford a special measure of protection to vulnerable groups, such as seniors. Another issue discussed is the impact of the war in Ukraine on consumers.

  • 09/23/2022

    The opposition ANO party has criticized the government for not finding a way to enable people currently in isolation with Covid to vote. This concerns around 10,000 people. Health Minister Vlastimil Válek said the government was working on an amendment to the law which would enable people with Covid to cast their ballot and hopes to see it approved and in force in time for the 2023 presidential elections. Close to 3,000 people with Covid were able to vote in the 2021 general elections for which the then-government organized special drive-in voting sites.

  • 09/23/2022

    Friday marks the start of the 2022 local municipal and Senate elections in Czechia. Voting booths open at 2pm on Friday and will close at 10pm before reopening on Saturday from 8am to 2pm. Voters are reminded to bring identification with them in order to be able to cast their ballot.

    A total of 178 candidates are competing for 27 seats in the Senate. Meanwhile, 195,214 people are running in the local municipal elections. In both cases the candidate pool is lower in number than in the previous elections.

  • 09/23/2022

    The head of diplomacy at the Office of the President, Rudolf Jindrák, will become the new Czech ambassador to Slovakia, with the Slovak side having already approved his posting, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday.

    Mr Jindrák has already served as the country’s ambassador to Germany, Austria and Hungary. He will replace the current Czech ambassador, Tomáš Tuhý, most likely at the beginning of next year.

  • 09/22/2022

    In his Thursday address to the UN Security Council, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for the establishment  of a special international tribunal to "prosecute the crime of aggression committed by Russia". His was the first address made by a representative of Czechia to the Security Council in nearly 30 years, Czech Radio reports.

    Recalling the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, Mr Lipavský said that it is necessary to once and for all reject the imperialist desires of Russia and its colonialist policy. He said that Russia’s aggression is "perhaps the most dangerous challenge to global peace in recent decades".

    He also said that, per capita, Czechia is hosting the largest number of Ukrainian refugees, more than 400,000.

    Czechia, he said, was shocked by the atrocities committed in Bucha, Irpin and other places in Ukraine and praised that country’s determination to defend itself.

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