Prague offers satisfactory office space and good transport facilities as a
possible site for the European Banking Authority (EBA) according to an
evaluation released by the European Commission.
But it says the quality of facilities for healthcare and education of the families of employees still has to be evaluated further.
Prague is seeking to be selected as the site for the European agency once it has to move from London as a result of Brexit.
Other European cities, including Vienna, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin, Luxembourg, and Warsaw are also seeking to host the agency. A decision is expected in November.
The Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism, which group large and
small retailers, has condemned as populism a government move to check on
sharp price rises of butter.
The check was announced by prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka following price rises which have seen the price of a pack soar to more than 50 crowns.
Sobotka said he was puzzled by the confederation’s reaction since similar moves had been announced in other countries.
Czech divers have apparently been able to find and explore the wreck of an
Austro-Hungarian submarine off the coast of Albania dating from WWI.
The wreck of the U16 had previously not been discovered or subject to a detailed exploration. The identity of the sub will have to be confirmed during further dives.
The submarine sank in mysterious circumstances in October 1916. It was probably sunk following an encounter with the Italian torpedo boat, Nembo.
Prague has been placed as the sixth most attractive city in the world for
tourists on their own by the news server Business Insider.
It created a ranking of the 50 best locations based on evaluations from users of the biggest credit card companies, personal security, and cost of living. The first placed location was Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Former Czech policeman Karel Kadlec received a conditional sentence of 20
months in prison suspended for four years from a Prague court for driving
into and damaging 24 cars in a spree of damage in a Prague suburb when he
was under the influence.
He will also have to meet 1.3 million crowns of damages connected to the case. The damage took place in April 2016 when the former policemen ploughed into a series of cars parked on a Prague street leaving a trail of damage.
He was found to have over the limit of alcohol in his blood. Kadlec later maintained that he could not remember anything about the incident.
Czech canoe slalom competitor Ondřej Tunka has become world champion
beating fellow Czech Vit Přindiš in the finals being staged in Pau,
Tunka barely scraped into the finals and was given little chance of success. His victory margin was just two tenths of a second ahead of countryman Vit Přindiš, who took the silver medal.
Slovenian Peter Kauzer thought he had won but took a two second penalty relegated him to the bronze position. In the women’s competition, Tereza Fišerová also won a silver medal.
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi has postponed
her planned visit to the Czech Republic, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on
its web page.
The ministry said Aung San Suu Kyi had been forced to change her plans amid growing tension over alleged human rights abuses by the Burmese military against the minority Rohingya people.
Aung San Suu Kyi last visited the Czech Republic in 2013 to attend the Forum 2,000 conference launched by the former Czech president Vaclav Havel.
Police have launched criminal proceedings in the case of the Stork’s Nest
farm and hotel complex which was investigated on suspicion of EU subsidy
The case is linked to ANO leader Andrej Babiš who is suspected of having
orchestrated a plan for his Stork’s Nest farm to acquire a 50 million
crown EU subsidy which should technically have been out of his reach.
Earlier this month the lower house stripped both Andrej Babiš and his deputy Jaroslav Faltýnek of their parliamentary immunity opening the way for prosecution.
The police have not released information on the number of people charged in the case.
Life expectancy in the Czech Republic will not reach West European
standards until 2030, according to a population projection and comparative
study of European states.
Even though the life expectancy of Czechs has risen by almost 4 years since 2000, it is still several years shorter than in France, Spain, Italy and the Nordic countries. At present the life expectancy for Czech men is 76 years and 82 years for women.