Creditors of the bankrupt coal mining company OKD on Thursday approved a
reorganization plan for the firm’s future.
The company’s mines and assets will be placed in a newly-founded successor company which is to be sold to the state firm Prisko for 80 million crowns.
Mining will be phased out gradually as will lay-offs of miners and office staff. The plan still needs to be approved by an insolvency court.
The Czech Environment Ministry has approved lithium mining in the Sokolov
region in north-western Bohemia, where an estimated 5,400 tons of lithium
lies in former tailings ponds, the news site Novinky.cz reported on
The move has sparked protests from villages in the area which will be affected by the activity. The mayor of Horni Slavkov told Novinky he was upset that the ministry had not ruled out the transport of the mined lithium by road which would adversely affect living conditions in the area. The mayors of the villages concerned are pushing for rail transport to be the only option allowed.
The Czech veterinary authorities have started destroying thousands of
laying hens at a farm in Pohořelice, southern Moravia, following a
35,000 of around 60,000 hens have so far been destroyed and the market chain Lidl has taken all egg deliveries from the farm off its shelves.
People have been asked to return eggs already purchased at the market chain. This concerns eggs with an expiry date up to September 11th. The salmonella was detected due to health problems at a children’s camp.
The Constitutional Court has overturned the verdict of a lower instance
court which sent a man to four years in prison for killing his wife and
six-year old son in a drink-driving accident.
The Constitutional Court overturned the verdict on the grounds that the fourth family member, the man’s three-year old son, survived the accident and it would be inhumane for the child to lose his father as well.
The case will now go back to the regional court in Ostrava which is likely to consider house arrest as an alternative form of punishment.
Confidence in the Czech economy in August was the highest since the start
of the year, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office.
The August figure was one point higher as compared to the previous month reaching 98.7 points. The confidence rate increased both among entrepreneurs and consumers.
Confidence among entrepreneurs was up by 0.7 points to 96.8 points. Confidence rose in industry, construction and trade and stagnated in services.
Consumer confidence rose by 2.2 points month-on-month to 107.9 points.
Slavia Prague have failed to reach the group stage of the lucrative
Champions League after a 0:0 home draw with the Greek club APOEL on
Wednesday night. The Czech league champions had lost the first, away leg
0:2 the previous week.
Slavia will now go through to the continent’s second-tier club competition, the Europa League. A draw for its group stage takes place on Friday.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, looks set to come to Prague in the
spring of next year. The Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, referred
to the visit after a meeting with Mr. Macron and the leaders of Austria and
Slovakia in Salzburg on Wednesday.
Mr. Sobotka said the French head of state would sign a new four-year plan on cooperation between his country and the Czech Republic in Prague. A current Czech-French strategic partnership agreement runs out at the end of 2018.
The Czech prime minister also said his country and France would commemorate two important anniversaries for his country next year, the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia and 50 years since the Soviet-led invasion of 1968.
The prime ministers of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and the
president of France said at a joint news conference after a meeting in
Salzburg on Wednesday that the EU should find agreement by October on the
form of a directive on so-called posted workers. France’s Emmanuel Macron
said expert teams would discuss the contentious issue in the coming weeks.
The French and Austrian leaders said the period under which posted workers – who work temporarily in another EU state – can stay abroad and still pay social contributions in their home country should be reduced from two years to one.
However, the Czech Republic and Slovakia want the field of road transport exempted from the EU’s future directive.
Prior to Wednesday’s meeting Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka said the Visegrad Four states wished to see good conditions for their hauliers.
Stricter conditions on posted workers would impact truck drivers from former Eastern Bloc states who are deployed in Western parts of Europe.
The police are not willing to send members of the lower house’s mandates
and immunity committee copies of their file against the ANO MPs Andrej
Babiš and Jaroslav Faltýnek, who are accused of the abuse of EU
However, committee members will be able to read the file at a Prague police station, its chair, Miroslava Němcová, said on Wednesday.
The ANO deputies are accused of illicitly acquiring around CZK 50 million in EU grants in connection with the Stork’s Nest farm and hotel.
At the time it was owned by Mr. Babiš’s firm Agrofert. However, the party boss denies wrongdoing.