The prosecution of Czech prime minister and ANO leader Andrej Babiš will
continue over alleged EU subsidy fraud after the state prosecutor said a
complaint against the ongoing case had been dismissed.
Babiš’ prosecution alongside six others in the so-called Stork’s Nest affair would continue after their complaint was rejected, the Czech News Agency said Thursday evening citing the spokeswoman for the state prosecutor’s office.
The spokeswoman confirmed, however, that the complaint by ANO deputy chairman Jaroslav Faltýnek had been upheld and prosecution against him and three others would be dropped.
The case focuses on alleged illegal use of 50 million euros in EU funding for a recreation centre and hotel from funding which should have been destined to support small and medium sized enterprises.
The Czech Republic has won another solar arbitration and will not have to
pay the around 310 million damages that were being sought. News of the
victory was communicated by the ministry of finance.
It said the international tribunal has found against German company Antaris GmbH and demanded that it pay 42.5 million crowns for legal costs incurred. The ministry said it was the second win against solar companies which had brought action against the state.
Solar companies have brought actions challenging a special tax levied on them by the state as a means to claw back what it regarded as excessive earnings after the costs of solar plants plummeted.
The European Commission has predicted a slowdown in the Czech economy. The
Commission’s Spring forecast sees GDP growth falling to 3.4 percent this
year and to 3.1 percent in 2019. In 2017 Czech economic growth was above
initial expectations at 4.4 percent.
This year’s Commission forecast is nonetheless an increase on February’s figure of 3.2 percent. The main motor of growth is expected to be buoyant domestic demand.
The Supreme Administrative Court has turned down a complaint by alleged
Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin that he was wrongly refused asylum in the
Czech Republic and extradited to the United States to face charges.
The court ruled that as a Russian extradition could not be blocked to a third country and that would have amounted to an infringement of international law.
Nikulin was seized in Prague in 2016 with both Russian and US authorities calling for him to be handed over. US authorities said that he had hacked social and corporate sites in the country.
Czech justice minister Robert Pelikan eventually decided to extradite Nikulin to the US, a move that was attacked by Czech president Miloš Zeman.
Prague cardinal Dominik Duka has been named the Pope’s legate to
represent him at celebrations to mark the 1050th anniversary of the first
bishopric on Polish territory.
The celebrations are due to take place at Poznan between June 22 and 24. The Poznan diocese was created in 968 under the direct control of the papacy. The first bishop of Poznan could have come from Bohemia.
Fourteen people were injured when two passenger trains collided on track
near Český Krumlov. Emergency helicopters attended the scene.
Around 50 passengers were on board the trains, according to police.
Damage to the trains is estimated at around 6.0 million crowns.
The around 80-kilometre stretch of line between České Budějovice and Černy Kříž is expected to remain closed into the mid-afternoon.
Czech arms company Excalibar Army has landed a significant contract to
deliver armoured cars and self-propelled guns to the Ukraine army,
according to the business daily E15.
The contract is the first major arms deal with Ukraine since the annexation of Crimea by Russia and conflict in the east of the county, the paper added.
The Czech company will cooperate in the contract with the Polish firm Wtorplast, which is also involved in the arms trade.
More than 250 health care workers in Prague have been vaccinated against
measles due to the increased incidence of the disease. Hundreds of others
are to undergo vaccination in the near future.
Over 100 cases of measles have been registered in the Czech Republic since the beginning of the year, mainly in Prague and Central Bohemia. In the previous years, there were only isolated cases of this highly contagious disease.
The increased incidence of measles is put down to a growing fear of vaccinations on the part of some parents who put off getting their children vaccinated for as long as possible.
Experts from Europe and the US will be discussing ways to counter
disinformation campaigns against Western countries at a conference in
Prague on Thursday.
The Stratcom Summit is organised by the European Values think tank and Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and aims to contribute to improving existing policies against disinformation campaigns.
Among the participants at the conference, will be the chairman of the NATO Military Committee General Petr Pavel.