The country's Transport Ministry is planning on investing roughly 14
billion crowns in water transport up to 2023, according to a proposal to be
discussed by the government at its regular cabinet meeting on Monday.
The long-term strategic plan would extend waterways on the Vltava and Labe Rivers to 338 kilometres.
Under changes, large vessels would be able to pass through Prague all the way up to Radotín, while the Labe water route would end in Pardubice.
The Office for the Protection of Competition has canceled a tender for the modernization of part of railway infrastructure in Prague for 3.5 billion crowns on the grounds that the SŽDC, the body which oversees railway infrastructure, breached the law on public tenders. The decision, which is binding, was published on the antimonopoly office's website.
Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has told journalists he is feeling
better and recovering from a concussion and wound requiring stitches
sustained in a car crash. He has been told by doctors to avoid sports and
to get plenty of rest.
The foreign minister’s car, driven by a member of the minister’s security team, was involved in a crash at Lechovice near Znojmo late Friday.
Mr Zaorálek said the vehicle had flown off the road and into an adjacent field. He thanked his luck there had been no trees by the roadside and said the driver had done a good job of swerving the vehicle away or impact would have occurred earlier. The minister was the only one hurt in the accident.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, was slightly
injured when his chauffeur-driven car was involved in a crash on Friday
evening. He suffered head injuries during the incident, which occurred in
the south Moravia region, but was released after being taken to hospital in
Brno by helicopter.
A spokesperson for the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said his state was good and that he was now receiving treatment at home.
Mr. Zaorálek is the electoral leader of the Social Democrats going into general elections in the second half of October.
Italian developer Grandi Stazioni is suing Czech Railways and the Czech
Finance Ministry for prematurely terminating its lease of the Main Railway
Station in Prague.
The company is demanding 1.2 billion crowns in lost profit, according to the daily Lidove Noviny.
Grandi Stazioni lost its 30-year lease of the station in October of last year after repeatedly failing to meet reconstruction deadlines.
The Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration rejected its request for another two-year extension and asked Grandi Stazioni to vacate the premises.
Czech Railways said it would pay the developer 565 million crowns in compensation for the money already invested in the reconstruction of the station.
Discount air carrier Ryanair has launched a direct air-link from Pardubice
to London Stansted, with flights scheduled three times a week.
The route is serviced by Boeing 737 carriers with 189 seats on board. Ryanair’s first flight from Pardubice to London was fully booked.
Pardubice is the fourth Czech city served by Ryanair, aside from Prague, Brno and Ostrava.
Pardubice Airport is originally a military airport which was turned into a civilian international airport in 1994.
Traffic police are increasing their presence on Czech roads after
statistics revealed a growing number of accidents in the first eight months
of this year.
The police were called to sixty thousand accidents between January and August which is 2,000 higher than in the same period of last year.
Road experts say this is due to increased aggression on the road, inattention and speeding. Traffic police have been posted particularly in high-risk areas.
State prosecutor Aleš Kopal is seeking unconditional sentences of between
three and six years in prison for 10 people standing trial in the case of a
collapsed bridge in Studénka in the district of Nový Jíčín in 2008,
which was struck by a passenger train.
Eight people died in the accident, dozens of others were injured and damage amounted to around 180 million crowns. Those charged in the case include civil engineers from the firm contracted with the renovation of the bridge.