The Senate has returned a government proposed amendment to the pensions’
law to the lower house after proposing several changes. The proposed bill
would increase old age pensions for all, with a special focus on people
over the age of 85.
Senators have proposed that instead of giving an extra 1,000 crowns a month to pensioners aged over 85, the state should provide the increase to all who have been in retirement for 25 years and more.
The Speaker of the Senate, Milan Stěch, warned against making insignificant changes, saying that a delay in the bill’s approval might jeopardize the projected increase in all pensions as of next year.
Czech plane manufacturer Aero Vodochody unveiled a new cost-effective,
combat proven fighter attack aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow near
London this week.
The F/A-259 Striker, which is a successor to the L-159 Alca, was made in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries.
It offers state of the art technology and is suited for counter-insurgency operations and border patrolling with interception capabilities.
The Czech consulate in Hanoi has stopped accepting visa application
requests and requests for work permits from Vietnamese nationals until
further notice, the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on
its web page on Thursday.
This is largely due to security reasons as well as the fact that the Czech consulate is overwhelmed by applications and has problems processing them.
According to Interior Minister Jan Hamáček, who is also in charge of the foreign ministry portfolio, Vietnam has become a security risk in terms of exporting organized crime.
Hamáček said the authorities would in future prioritize long-term residence applications made of the grounds of merging families.
Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats has said he
will not challenge the fact that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is to chair
the government’s council for coordinating the fight against corruption.
The opposition Pirate Party vehemently protested against Babiš taking up this position saying that not only was the prime minister charged on suspicion of abusing EU funds, but he and his ANO party had blocked the approval of several anti-corruption amendments in the lower house.
Hamáček said it was the prime minister’s right to chair the council and he would not challenge him on that ground.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has stressed the need to reform the European
Union and return power to national capitals.
In an interview for the Financial Times, Babiš said the principle should be that the EU does less and more efficiently. Over-regulation kills innovation and business, Babis argued.
The Czech prime minister also criticized the EU approach to migrant crisis, calling it “unworkable”. He said the EU should protect its borders better and establish “disembarkation platforms” outside of Europe for migrants rescued at sea.
We have to make a deal, as we did with Turkey, with north African states like Libya and Tunisia and help countries of migrant origin such as Syria in order to resolve this crisis, Babiš said.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is ready to discuss ways to tackle
illegal migration to Europe with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte and
will try to persuade him to accept the Czech stance, he told reporters in
the Senate on Wednesday.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte sent an open letter to his Czech counterpart, who refused to take any of the 450 migrants rescued by Italy at the weekend, inviting him to visit Rome and discuss the migration crisis with him in person. Babis called the Italian approach to immigration “a road to hell”, while Conte said it was “a road of legality and shared responsibility”.
Mr Babiš said he did not expect to change his view after a meeting with Conte. "He will not persuade me, but I will do my best to persuade him," he told reporters.
Persistent rain has swollen rivers and flooded houses in the
Moravia-Silesia region in northeast of the Czech Republic. Firefighters
were called out to dozens incidents on Wednesday and in the early hours of
The lowest, level-three flood warning remains in place on several rivers in the region. Heavy rain is set to continue in the Frýdek-Místek region until Friday morning.
The Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute has issued second-degree flood warning for the regions of Prague, Beroun and Pilsen, which will remain in place until Friday morning.
Police are investigating the cause of Tuesday’s collapse of a building in
the centre of Prague, which left a number of workers trapped inside. The
building on Mikulandská street, just off Národní, has been undergoing
Three people were freed from under the rubble after the building collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. One of them suffered serious injuries and was put in a medically-induced coma.
The house was found structurally unstable and the street remains closed to the public following the incident.
Four new ambassadors to the Czech Republic are set to present their
credentials to President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday.
The new diplomats include Argentinian ambassador Roberto Alejandro Salafia, Morocco’s Hanane Saadí and Patricio Alberto Pradel Elqueta of Chile and New Zealand’s ambassador Rupert Thomas Holborow, who will be stationed in Berlin.
After the ceremony at Prague Castle, the ambassadors can officially assume their office.