Security forces promised wage hike

The country’s security forces should see a 10 percent increase in wages as of July 2017, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec announced following a meeting with Finance Minister Andrej Babiš on Thursday. Mr. Babiš promised to earmark one billion crowns from state funds to make that possible; 600 million will come from the ministry’s own budget. The country’s police force has 40 thousand employees and the hike will also apply to the country’s close to 10,000 firemen, customs officials, secret service employees and prison wardens.