The Czech crown on Wednesday firmed to 25.72 to the euro, meaning it is now
stronger against the common European currency than it was when the Czech
National Bank introduced a weak crown policy in November 2013. A few days
prior to the central bank’s first currency market interventions almost
four years ago the crown was hovering at around 25.80 to the euro.
The CNB abandoned its divisive currency cap in April this year. Since then the Czech currency has been growing in strength against both the euro and the dollar.
Politicians in Plzeň expressed their criticism of comments made about
Crimea by the Czech president, Miloš Zeman, when he visited the region on
Wednesday. Plzeň governor Josef Bernard relayed a statement from regional
councillors denouncing the head of state’s words in Strasbourg last week,
when he called the annexation a fait accompli and said Kiev should seek
financial compensation from Russia.
For his part, Mr. Zeman reiterated his position in Plzeň but said that his words to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe did not “legitimise” the annexation.
The Czech national football team have announced two friendly games in
November, when they will take on Iceland and Qatar. Both matches will be
held in Doha, which will be one of the venues for the 2022 World Cup.
Czech manager Karel Jarolím said he was glad his charges would have the opportunity to play two teams with very different playing styles in ideal conditions. His players failed to reach next year’s World Cup squad and will begin trying to qualify for Euro 2020 in the latter half of next year.
Czech exporters have warned that excessive wage growth could make the Czech
Republic less competitive as salaries are increasing at a faster rate than
Czech exports from January to August last year grew by 5.9 percent year on year to reach CZK 2.7 billion, which was a record.
Wages have grown by 3.0 percent or more for nine quarters in a row and jumped by 7.6 percent in the second quarter of 2017. Exporters say this rate of increase could impact their ability to remain competitive.
Czech senators have debated a petition signed by over 55,000 people calling
for a law banning smoking in restaurants and bars to be modified, Czech
Television reported. The legislation came into effect at the end of May
The petition’s authors say that the ban has led to a fall in restaurants’ profits and some closures. They say they fear the situation will get even worse for landlords with the onset of winter and have called for pubs to be allowed to have closed-off smoking sections.
Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula said no changes should be made until there had been sufficient time to evaluate the ban's success, adding that he would oppose any loosening of the legislation.
Passengers may be able to receive a mobile phone signal on the entire
Prague Metro system including tunnels by the end of next year. However,
that date is conditional on the transport authority reaching agreement with
a consortium of mobile operators in the near future, said a spokesperson
for project heads T-Mobile.
At present there is only a mobile signal between the stations Bořislavka and Motol at one end of the A (green) line.
The mobile operators say they have already been in talks with Prague’s transport authority on delivering full coverage for three years.
Around 7,000 Czech GPs, paediatricians and outpatient specialists went on a
one-day strike on Wednesday. The doctors closed their doors in protest at
what they say is a lack of funding for their sectors and excessive red
Some striking doctors treated patients with acute problems and others expressed support for the protest without taking part, the Czech News Agency reported. Around 400 pharmacies closed their doors for half an hour in solidarity.
The Ministry of Health said it would not boost funding for GPs next year as its priority was to support hospitals in a bid to stop them losing doctors.
Temperature records were set around the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Seventy-six measuring stations that have been keeping records for more than
30 years saw their warmest ever temperature for the day.
The hottest place in the country was Javorník in the Jesenicko region, where daytime highs reached 25.6 degrees Celsius. Wednesday will see a drop in daytime temperatures to around 12 to 16 degrees Celsius.
Some three hundred people gathered outside Prague Castle to protest against the policies of President Miloš Zeman and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš. The event, called Pánové, končíme! or Let’s Call It a Day, Gentlemen was organised by the initiative Why? Because. and also warned against the rise of populism in the Czech Republic.