ANO leader Andrej Babiš has said he is not seeking a coalition government
or support from the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party (SPD) of leader
Babiš was speaking Wednesday ahead of a meeting with Okamura aimed at mapping areas of agreement and difference on party programmes and policies.
One of the areas under discussion is expected to be the format of possible local referenda. The two parties have already clashed over what form future national referenda could take with ANO saying that a vote on leaving the EU should not be possible.
Outgoing prime minister and ANO leader Andrej Babiš has said that a
special group of experts from the fields of energy and finance will be
created to evaluate state dominated power company ČEZ’s plans to split
the company. Babiš made the comments after the Cabinet meeting Wednesday.
ČEZ, which is almost 70 percent state controlled, has come up with six scenarios for splitting the group in a move which could help pave the way for the Czech Republic to build new nuclear power plants.
The favoured management version is one where nuclear and coal production would be grouped in one wholly owned state company. Wind power, energy services and distribution would be in a separate company which would be sold off to investors. The move could get round minority shareholder opposition to ČEZ building new nuclear reactors.
The Czech Constitutional Court has cancelled a 200,000 crown fine imposed
on commercial broadcaster, Nova, for screening a programme with fashion
recommendations for what and what not to wear in church on a very hot day.
The fine was originally imposed by the state Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting and had been confirmed by a previous court ruling.
The Constitutional Court said it believed the fashion recommendations were covered by freedom of expression and could be regarded as ‘infotainment‘.
The original broadcast was screened in 2012 during a heatwave.
Czechs are tipped to pick up four medals at the Winter Olympics being
staged in South Korea by the news agency Associated Press.
It sees snow boarder Ester Ledecká winning gold with speed skater Martina Sábliková winning silver in the 5000 metres event. Czech biathlon competitors are also expected to win medals.
In 2014, the Czechs won eight medals of which two were gold and four silver.
Czech film director Jiří Menzel is to be honoured at this year’s Berlin
Film Festival this year.
Menzel is to be given the Berlinale’s Camera Berlinale award for his contribution to comedy and the Czech New Wave.
The film ‘The Interpreter,’ in which he acts, will also be given its worldwide premiere at the festival. Past winners of the award have included Clint Eastwood and Sydney Pollack.
The Czech Republic’s EU Commissioner Věra Jourová has been wrapped over
the knuckles by the European Union’s Ombudswoman.
She said that in radio interview over the so-called Stork’s Nest affair and on other occasions Jourová made comments which were inappropriate with her post as a European Commissioner and she would have been wiser not to have commented according to Emily O’ Reilly.
The Stork’s Nest affair focuses on alleged abuse of EU subsidies by ANO leader and outgoing Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš. Jourová was an ANO nominated minister before being appointed Czech commissioner.
A proposed new law on gun ownership was approved by the Czech Cabinet on
The proposal aims to fit in with new European Union demands. It introduces two new categories for firearms for which permits will be needed, historic guns and air guns, with the length of permits expected to be shortened compared with the current practice.
The number of bullets or cartridges that can be kept with weapons will also be curbed.
The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) has said that it will oppose the proposed change which has to be approved by parliament.
One of the Czech Republic’s biggest pharmaceutical groups, Zentiva,
should learn in the third quarter who its new owner is.
French group Sanofi confirmed that timetable for the sale of its European generic drugs businesses, including Zentiva, on Wednesday.
A series of investment groups as well as one pharmaceutical company are said to be interested in bidding.
The president of the Czech Olympic Committee, Jiří Kejval, has been
elected to the International Olympic Committee. The vote took place in
Pyeongchang, where the 2018 Winter Olympics get underway on Friday. Mr.
Kejval, who is 50, is the seventh representative of Czechoslovakia or the
Czech Republic elected to the IOC.
The COC chief, a former international rower, had been nominated for the post ahead of a similar vote in September. However, Mr. Kejval withdrew his candidature at the last moment after an anonymous letter concerning the abuse of sports grants in the Czech Republic was sent to the IOC.
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