Prague City Hall and the app-based ride sharing service Uber have signed a
memorandum of understanding in which Uber has agreed to meet conditions
which would put it on an equal footing with taxi drivers.
The company has agreed to operate a licensed service, with drivers registering and taxing their earnings in the Czech Republic. Uber has also pledged to join the electronic evidence of sales system introduced last year.
Prague and Brno taxi drivers who consider Uber unfair competition, have been protesting against the ride sharing service for months.
Car maker BMW is set to get incentives worth 18.7 million euros to build a
test centre for self-driving and electric vehicles in the Czech Republic
under a memorandum approved by the Czech government on Monday.
The construction of BMW’s first vehicle testing project in Eastern Europe should create several hundred jobs. The project should include the testing of driver-assistance and braking systems.
BMW is to receive a building permit in the last quarter of 2019 and the test centre should be operational by 2022.
Doctors have registered an increased incidence of measles in the Czech
Republic, reporting over 100 cases, mostly in Prague. In previous years
there were only isolated cases of the disease.
A combined vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella was introduced in this country in 1969 which practically eradicated these diseases in the Czech Republic and the increased incidence today is ascribed to a growing fear of vaccinations on the part of some parents who put off getting their children vaccinated for as long as possible.
Sixth seed Karolína Plíšková is pulling out of the WTA tournament in
Prague. Plíšková, the Czech teams top ranked player ‚ made the
announcement on Moday citing health problems. She has reportedly suffered
from groin pain since Stuttgart.
Plíšková, who was slated to play against her sister Kristýna in the Prague tournament said she was very disappointed to have to pull out but would focus on getting in shape for Madrid.
President Miloš Zeman is due to pay a three day official visit to Poland
from May 9th to May 11th, the president’s office announced on Monday. The
head of state will be meeting with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda and
government officials.The talks are expected to focus on bilateral relations
and EU matters.
It will be President Zeman’s second foreign visit since his reelection for a second term in office. His first foreign trip was to Slovakia.
The head of the General Inspectorate of the Security Forces Michal Murín
is leaving his post on April 30.
Mr. Murín, who has been under pressure from Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to resign, announced his decision earlier this month saying that although he had done nothing illegal or unethical his continued presence at the head of the inspectorate would undoubtedly throw a negative light on its work.
The outgoing government is due to consider a suitable temporary head on Monday. The next head of the police oversight agency should be chosen in an open competition.
ANO leader Andrej Babiš will update party bosses on the state of
negotiations over forming a coalition government with the Social Democrats
with support from the communists on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday’s meeting should also plot the way forward in negotiations to try
and form a stable government.
ANO party deputy chairman Richard Brabec refused to comment Monday on the
Social Democrats’ demand that the anti-EU and anti-immigrant Freedom and
Direct Democracy Party of Tomio Okamura lose to parliamentary posts in the
The leadership of the Social Democrats called at the weekend for a nationwide ban on any cooperation with Okamura’s party.
ANO leader Andrej Babiš is currently prime minister of a government which has failed to win a confidence vote following elections six months ago in October.
Czech singer and Eurovision contestant Mikolas Josef was taken to hospital
after a rehearsal went wrong.
Part of the 22-year-old’s act involves acrobatic stunts on stage and one went badly wrong in rehearsals, badly jarring his back. He was taken to hospital in a neck brace.
Some reports say Josef’s condition has since worsened and his participation in the Eurovision semi-finals being hosted in Lisbon could be in danger. Josef is reported to have defiantly written on instagram that he will perform no matter what.
The Czech Republic has a poor record in Eurovision contests and pulled out of the competition for several years after a series of dismal results.
Karolína Plíšková won her first title of the year when she beat
American CoCo Vanderweghe in the final of the Stuttgart Open on Sunday. She
won in straight sets 7:6, 6:4.
The win takes Plíšková’s overall tally of tournament titles to 10.
It’s Plíšková’s first win on clay since 2015 when she won the Prague tournament. Plíšková’ is seeded one when she takes part in the Prague Open next week.