The Czech authorities plan to introduce controls on the border with Poland
to ensure bad meat does not enter this country, Novinky.cz reported. The
minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček, told the news site that the police
would carry out checks on Polish trucks in coordination with veterinary
Around 300 kilogrammes of bad Polish beef is known to have been imported into the Czech Republic, despite officials from both countries saying none had crossed their shared border. Several EU states imported beef from a Polish abattoir accused of handing sick cows.
Beef from a Polish abattoir accused of handling sick cows was imported into
the Czech Republic, Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman (Social
Democrats) said on Friday.
In total about 300 kilos of meat from an abattoir near Ostrow Mazowiecka in north-eastern Poland was brought into the country. It has not been determined how much of the beef is fit for consumption.
Covert filming at the abattoir broadcast early this week by Polish station TVN 24 showed cows too sick to stand being dragged into the slaughterhouse.
Poland triggered the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), informing other member states, on Tuesday.
Christmas celebrations in the Czech Republic this year were overshadowed by tragedy. The death of 13 miners killed in a methane explosion at a coal mine in the north-eastern part of the country dominated news coverage over the holidays, as did the deadly tsunami in Indonesia. The victims were remembered in masses over Christmas and people donated money to accounts in aid of the victims.
The black coal mining company OKD, which underwent reorganization following
insolvency procedures in 2016, is making a profit and could keep its
Karviná mine in operation until 2030, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said
following talks with the company’s management on Thursday.
The reorganization plan envisaged a gradual phase-out of mining in the region by 2023, but the prime minister said the company was in good shape and making a healthy profit and could continue to operate until 2030.
A final decision is to be made by the end of the year.
Several hundred green activists protested at the Bílina coal mine in the
north of the country on Saturday.
Two dozen of them managed to enter the mine in the early hours of the morning and chained themselves to the excavator. When other protesters tried to force their way into the mine the police intervened, detaining over 170 people.
The protest was organized by the group Limity jsme my which is striving to get the mine closed.
ANO deputy leader Richard Brabec has not ruled out some changes concerning
ministries being made within talks with the Social Democrats on forming a
coalition government. His comment came in response to reports that the
Social Democrats want the defence portfolio instead of agriculture.
However, Mr. Brabec said that would be a decision for ANO chief Andrej
Babiš and would need to be approved by party bodies.
ANO and the Social Democrats have reached a deal on the text of a coalition agreement and Mr. Babiš has said talks could be wrapped up by Friday.
Under the agreement taking shape, the two parties would be supported by the Communists in crucial votes in the lower house. The latter grouping have never been that involved in government since 1989.
The leadership of the ANO party have announced that they will try to renew government negotiations with the Social Democrats. The decision is the latest turn in the nearly six-month saga to form a government following October elections which ANO won convincingly but fell short of an overall majority.