• 11/28/2022

    The fifth edition of the Czech Space Week festival began in Prague on Monday. The event, organised by the Ministry of Transport together with the CzechInvest agency and the Prague Planetarium and Observatory takes place over five days and will showcase innovations in the Czech space industry. This year, there will be a particular focus on cooperation with African countries and the Middle East.

    One of the main events is Space2Business, an industry day for space companies, investors and start-ups, which includes an international conference, a B2B section and a trade fair. The aim is to support entrepreneurship in the space industry and create new business partnerships.

    The festival is taking place until Friday.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 11/28/2022

    It is not clear whether several billions of crowns of subsidies earmarked for supporting socially disadvantaged families has actually helped them, the Czech Supreme Audit Office said in a press release on Monday. According to their conclusions, the Czech Labour and Social Affairs Ministry is not monitoring how EU subsidies concretely help families, rather only keeping track of the number of families that receive subsidies. The labour ministry does not agree with the office's conclusions, the Czech News Agency reports.

    The Supreme Audit Office examined the allocation of nine billion crowns given to socially disadvantaged families via several subsidy programmes between 2018 and 2020. According to the press release, the ministry did not set specific aims and it is thus not possible to evaluate the effectiveness of the subsidies.

    The Czech Republic is still considered a net recipient of EU subsidies, meaning it receives more money from the EU budget than it contributes to it. In 2020, Czechia paid 2.27 billion euros to the EU budget and received 5.5 billion euros.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 11/28/2022

    Three-time Olympic snowboarding and alpine skiing champion Ester Ledecká has undergone further surgery on her collarbone, which she broke this summer during training. Ms. Ledecká said in a press release on Monday that she will not be able to compete until the new year, but hopes she will be able to make it to the FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships in Georgia and to the Alpine World Ski Championships in France, both starting in February.

    The 27-year-old sportswoman originally planned to return to the slopes next week at the Alpine Ski World Cup in Lake Louise, Canada. However, after her collarbone fracture did not heal as expected, she had to change her plans and underwent another operation last week in Innsbruck, Austria.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 11/28/2022

    Interest in country cottages and summer cabins (chaty) is on the decline in Czechia and the price of these properties is therefore also declining, Czech Television reported on Monday citing several real estate agents. This is in contrast to a rise in demand for such properties during the years of the coronavirus pandemic

    The spokeswoman for the real estate website Videobydlení, Monika Lukešová, said that prices of recreational properties have been on the decline for seven months now, falling by about 20 percent. The fall is especially noticeable in properties that are far from large cities, real estate agent Jan Ptáček told Czech TV.  The rise in energy prices is also playing a role, Ms Lukešová said.

  • 11/28/2022

    ANO party Chairman Andrej Babiš is now the favourite in the upcoming Czech presidential election according to a Data Collect and Kantar poll conducted for Czech Television. Mr Babiš polled at 27 percent with retired general Petr Pavel falling into second place with 26.5 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him. Economist and former rector of the Mendel University in Brno Danuše Nerudová came in third, with 23.5 percent of the hypothetical vote.

    However, in terms of voting potential, a statistic that takes into account the respondents who said they are still considering whether to vote for a given candidate, Petr Pavel is still in the lead with 37.5 percent, followed by Mr Babiš at 33.5 percent and Ms. Nerudová on 24.5 percent.

    Senators Pavel Fischer and Marek Hilšer polled at 5.5 and 4 percent respectively, with trade union leader Josef Středula also polling at 4 percent.

    Czechia is set to elect its new president in January of next year.

  • 11/27/2022

    Monday is expected to be heavily overcast, with temperatures ranging around 3 degrees Celsious and rainfall in the south-east.

  • 11/27/2022

    At least 270,000 people in Czechia are homeless or living in emergency housing, overcrowded flats or in buildings that are either without water or have extensive mold, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Czech Radio reported on Sunday.

    The ministry estimates the total number of homeless people in Czechia to lie at around 12,000. Meanwhile, close to 6,000 individuals are living in emergency housing.

    The government is expected to discuss the introduction of a new law on housing support in the second half of next year. The proposal, prepared by the Labour Ministry and the Ministry for Regional Development, counts among other things on the setting up of a one-off financial support benefit to people at risk of losing their current home.

  • 11/27/2022

    A planned 24 hour strike by Austrian railway workers on Monday is likely to also impact connections with Czechia, Czech Television reports citing Czech Railways.

    Czechia’s major railway operator warns that the strike could also impact some long-range connections on Sunday evening and on Tuesday.

  • 11/27/2022

    Prime Minister Petr Fiala told Czech Television on Sunday that he will ask Deputy Premier and Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka to remain in the position of acting Minister for the Environment until the end of this year.

    Mr Jurečka took over the position in October, after fellow Christian Democrat Anna Hubáčková resigned from the position for health reasons.

    The party has already proposed a replacement for Ms Hubáčková in the form of Brno’s Deputy Mayor Petr Hladík. However, Mr Hladík’s office was raided by the police as part of an investigation into an alleged corruption case related to the assigning of city apartments in Brno. Although the candidate is not facing any charges, the Czech prime minister said that he does not intend to name someone who will be forced to explain their involvement in ambiguities instead of fully focusing on his department. If no issues arise, Mr Fiala said he will then be ready to name the Christian Democrat candidate.

  • 11/27/2022

    According to a survey conducted by ČSOB Index, 21 percent of companies and entrepreneurs in Czechia are planning to hire more employees in 2023. Meanwhile, 6 percent are looking to downsize, with the remaining 73 percent of respondents stating that they are not planning any changes.

    According to ČSOB’s executive director for company banking, Pavel Prokop, hiring plans are especially notable among medium and large size enterprises. The lack of skilled workers on the labour market remains one of the chief problems, he says.

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