Czechs are less willing to move because of work, according to an analysis
by the Grafton Recruitment agency, released by Czech News Agency on
Some 65 percent of people would not be willing to move despite a better job offer, which is nine percentage points more than in 2015. Among the reasons behind the increase is low unemployment and increasing salaries.
Labour mobility in the Czech Republic has traditionally been low compared to Western Europe.
Communist deputy Stanislav Grospič was elected the head of the
parliamentary Mandate and Immunity Committee on Wednesday. Mr Grospič
received 11 votes while his sole rival for the post, Petr Gazdík of Mayors
and Independents, got seven votes.
Among other things, the 19-member committee is responsible for making recommendations to the assembly about lifting MP’s immunity, opening the way for their criminal prosecution. That is currently a hot topic given the renewed police application for the immunity of ANO leader Andrej Babiš to be lifted so he can face fraud charges.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitriv Mededev has distanced himself from the
article published on the website of Russian state-wide television channel
Zvezda on Tuesday, maintaining that Czechs should be grateful that
Soviet-led forces invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968.
During a meeting with Czech president Miloš Zeman in Russia, Mr Medvedev said the article didn’t reflect the position of the Russian leadership and expressed the personal opinion of the author.
The article in question claimed that the Soviet led forces had prevented the West from orchestrating a coup in the then-communist country by means, it claimed, which were delayed until 1989.
Czech companies signed contracts to the tune of 19 billion crowns in Moscow
on Wednesday. The Czech tractor maker Zetor signed a deal with Russian
company KEMZ, which should bring it around 14 billion crowns within the
next four years.
The contracts were signed at the Czech Russian Business Forum in the presence of Czech president Miloš Zeman.
According to Eva Veličková, the spokeswoman of the Confederation of Industry and Transport, more agreements are expected to be signed at another business forum in Yekaterinburg on Friday.
A family firm from the Czech Republic will provide nearly 10,000 hockey
pucks to the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. The company GUFEX,
located in Kateřinice in north Moravia, began producing pucks in 1994.
Since then, they have been used at all significant tournaments of the International Ice Hockey Federation, Winter Olympic Games, World Championship and other international tournaments. The company currently produces around 1.2 million pucks a year.
An avalanche warning has been issued by authorities in the Jeseníky mountains in the north-east of the Czech Republic on Wednesday. The lowest, grade one warning, has been issued following recent snowfall, which brought about 25 centimetres of snow. A first-degree avalanche alert is also in place in the Krkonoše mountains.
The Czech Republic had the lowest unemployment rate in the EU in 2016,
according to the Statistical Yearbook, released by the Czech Statistical
Office on Wednesday.
In 2017 the Czech Republic had an average four percent unemployment rate, compared with EU average of 6.8 percent. The Czech Republic was followed by Germany with 4.1 percent, while Greece was placed at the other end of the scale with 23.6 percent.
Ex-PM Nečas’s wife sentenced over abuse of power
The former head of office of ex-prime minister Petr Nečas, Jana
Nečasová (formerly Nagyová) was found guilty of abusing her public
position by ordering the army’s intelligence service to spy on Mr.
Nečas’ then-wife Radka.
A High Court in Prague gave Nečasová, whom she allegedly ordered to spy on the then prime minister’s wife, a two-year jail sentence suspended for three years. Another three former military intelligence officers also received suspended sentences. The verdict is still not legally binding and may be appealed.
A Prague district court previously cleared Nečasová of the charges, accepting the ex-prime minister’s assertion that the intelligence services had merely protected his wife from being followed.
Jana Nečasová was romantically linked to the prime minister and later became his wife. The case exploded in June 2013, bringing down the centre-right government of Petr Nečas.