The Lower House of Parliament is set to hold an extraordinary meeting on
Monday over lithium mining in the Czech Republic, which has caused a
dispute between the Social Democrats and the ANO party. ANO said the
memorandum signed by the Social Democrat-controlled Ministry of Industry
with Australia’s European Metals Holdings Company sells out the national
The meeting was prompted by the opposition Communist Party, according to which lithium doesn’t belong to foreign hands and should remain in the state hands. However, the Social Democrat foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, said the government had agreed a measure aimed at boosting the state’s rights to mine other materials.
The Škoda Auto brand and that of Volkswagen and Spanish manufacturing unit
SEAT should be more clearly distinguished from each other according to the
general manager of the Volkswagen Group, Matthias Müller.
The move should, it is claimed, help reduce conflicts and tension between the companies targeting the same mass market. Production should be targeted at 14 different customer segments, according to the declaration made to managers in Volkswagen’s home city of Wolfsburg.
Media reports have recently suggested tension within the group particular focused on suspicions that the success of Škoda Auto could be coming at the expense of other Volkswagen companies .
The government and representatives of the automotive industry have signed a
memorandum aimed at making it easier for Czech Republic-based producers to
develop new technologies and keep step with overseas manufacturers.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that securing the future of the auto industry would have a marked impact on the Czech economy and employment.
The memorandum centres on the areas of electric vehicles, fully and partly self-driving vehicles and digitalisation.
A seemingly innocuous memorandum with an Australian mining company about exploitation and processing of some of the Czech Republic’s biggest lithium reserves is now in the spotlight on the eve of parliamentary elections. Some parties are calling for a special session of parliament to be called so that accusations can be aired.
ANO leader Andrej Babiš has said Trade and Industry Minister Jiří
Havlíček should provide an explanation as to why he signed a memorandum
on a deal enabling the Australian company European Metals Holdings the
right to mine lithium the Czech Republic or else resign.
Babiš described the agreement as „daylight robbery“ saying the privilege of mining the country’s natural resources should go to a Czech state-owned company.
The Communist Party agrees with the argument and has already collected 60 signatures in favour of calling a special session of Parliament on the matter ahead of the general elections.
The Brno International Engineering Fair opens its doors to visitors on
Monday, October 9th. Over 1,600 companies are exhibiting their products
this year with an emphasis on industrial automation.
The strongest representation is from Germany, India, Slovakia and China. The fair, which lasts until Friday, is accompanied by a number of side events such as lectures and seminars.
The ruling Social Democrats and ANO have clashed over the recently signed
memorandum of understanding between the Czech Ministry of Industry and
Australia's European Metals Holdings on a deal that would give the
Australian company the right to mine lithium in Europe’s biggest known
deposit in the north-western part of the Czech Republic.
ANO leader Andrej Babis decribed the agreement as „daylight robbery“ saying the privilage of mining the country’s natural resources should go to a Czech state-owned company.
ANO wants to call a special session of the lower house over the matter, a proposition supported by the Communist Party.
The Czech Ministry of Industry and Australia's European Metals Holdings have signed a memorandum of understanding on a deal that would give the Australian company the right to mine lithium in Europe’s biggest known deposit in the north-western part of the Czech Republic. The main condition of the agreement is that the lithium mined should be processed in the Czech Republic.