Surgeon Marek Hilšer, one of the candidates in the recent presidential
election, who finished fifth in the first round with over eight percent (a
little over 450,000 votes) announced on Monday he will run for the Czech
Senate in the autumn election.
Mr Hilšer is planning to run in Prague in one of four possible districts. He is currently looking for possible support from some of the parties in the lower house, the Czech News Agency reported.
The Defense Ministry wants to modernize the Czech military’s artillery,
news site Euro.cz wrote on Monday citing outgoing Defense Minister Karla
Šlechtová. The previous government approved a deal last year worth 1.27
billion crowns not including VAT for roughly 33 DANA self-propelled
The contract was intended to have gone to Tatra Trucks but it was never signed. The outgoing defense minister said that the DANA system did not meet standard requirements set by NATO and the deal was rejected.
The ministry is to discuss the modernization of its artillery pieces with the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces this week.
Eastern European countries in the European Union who are net recipients of
EU funds, should count on receiving less from the EU budget in the future,
Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said.
He made the statement in an interview for Austrian daily Der Standard.
The chancellor said that the Visegard Four’s view was at variance with Austria’s when it came to the EU’s budget plans. The V4 is made up of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Kurz told the daily that the Austrian government saw eye-to-eye with the V4 on other topics, such as the rigorous protection of the EU’s external borders to clamp down on illegal migration.
The state-owned brewery Budějovický Budvar will invest 600 million crowns into production and development, news site iDnes reports, citing spokesman Petr Samec. According to the daily, new investment will go towards a new logistics centre and a new production line for its bottled beer. The spokesman told the daily, that the brewery was almost at full production capacity currently. Last year, the firm invested 700 million crowns and by 2020 the sum will be two billion crowns.
Montreal Canadiens’ forward Tomáš Plekanec has become the 14th Czech in
the history to clinch a milestone 600 points in his NHL career. The
35-year-old center, who has been with the Canadiens his entire NHL career,
got an assist on the Habs’ third goal against Ottawa. The final score
ended was 4:1 for Montreal.
The team, in sixth spot in the Atlantic division, has won its last two games.
Exports by Czech companies reached a record 4.2 trillion crowns last year,
an increase of 5.7 percent year-on-year, the Czech Statistical Office
confirmed. Exports to China rose by one-fifth while exports to neighbouring
Germany rose by 7.3 percent; Germany remains the Czech Republic’s biggest
export market; 32.8 percent of total exports from the Czech Republic last
year were to the neighbouring country, accounting for 1.38 billion crowns.
The vast majority of exports from the Czech Republic are to EU countries: 83.7 percent.
The Czech Republic experienced a balance of trade surplus of CZK 152.6
billion last year, according to figures released on Monday morning by the
Czech Statistics Office. The result was CZK 11.1 billion down on the
balance of trade surplus recorded in 2016.
Compared to the previous year, Czech exports increased by a record 5.6 percent, to CZK 4.2 trillion, in 2017. Imports grew by 6.3 percent.
Over a thousand new apartments are to be built on a former industrial site
in the Prague district of Vysočany, E15 reported on Monday. Factory halls
of the collapsed firm ČKD DIZ are to be demolished to make way for the
construction project, which is the biggest yet from billionaire developer
Milan Šrejber and his Pankrác development company, the newspaper said.
A representative of the firm said the flats would be built in five or six stages. The apartment complex, named Vivus Kolbenova, will cost over CZK 3 billion.
Support for the election of Communist Party MP Zdeněk Ondráček to head
the lower house’s committee overseeing the General Inspection of the
Security Services should not be part of talks on forming a new government,
Radek Vondráček of ANO said on a TV discussion show on Sunday.
Controversy has surrounded efforts to install Mr. Ondráček in the post,
given the fact the inspection body oversees the police and he took part in
a crackdown on protesters in 1989 while a member of a Communist-era riot
Mr. Vondráček’s view was echoed by Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats, who said talks on forming a government should focus on that topic alone.