The minister of industry and trade, Jan Mládek, has reprimanded his deputy Lubomír Bokštefl over a comment he made on internet charges. In an online debate with readers of the news website Aktuálně.cz he told one person to “go to Poland” if they wanted Polish rates for mobile data. The Czech Republic has relatively high charges. The comment prompted a storm of condemnation from both opposition and government politicians. Mr. Mládek also dismissed the head of the minister’s communications team, Roman Prorok, over the matter.
The dead swan from Liberec Zoo was found to have a different subtype of bird flu than that which has killed thousands of birds around the Czech Republic, veterinary officers said on Monday. The swan was allegedly killed by the H5N5 virus, rather than the H5N8 which is more widespread. The new subtype does not present a threat to humans. The bird flu has now been confirmed in 28 localities around the country and 58,000 birds have been slaughtered to date.
A shake-up of the Czech mobile phone scene in which callers will no longer be held ransom for high prices by a threesome of big telecom operators. That is what the leaders of the biggest Czech political parties are now promising with changes in the law being promised that would pave the way for that to happen.
Bird flu has been confirmed in a dead swan at the zoo in Liberec, north Bohemia, a spokesperson for the State Veterinary Administration told reporters. Eight other birds that were in close proximity to the swan were put down on Friday. The case is the third recorded outbreak of avian influenza in the Liberec Region and the 27th in the country in the current wave of the disease.
The Czech Republic’s law on electronic communications looks set for an overhaul that should benefit ordinary mobile phone users and boost the powers of regulator the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTO). Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says he aims to rush through an amendment to that end drafted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says he plans to rush through changes to the Czech Republic’s law on electronic communications. The move should increase the powers of regulator the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTO) with a view to increasing competition among mobile telephone operators and thus benefiting customers. The bill would also make it easier for customers to switch operators. A particular issue in the Czech Republic is the high cost of mobile data compared to in other states.
Just over a month after the first case of bird flu was detected in the Czech Republic, the spread of the deadly H5 virus continues. Vets have now confirmed its incidence in twenty localities around the country, five of which were confirmed just this weekend. The most serious case is in the vicinity of Blatná, South Bohemia, where 20 thousand ducks are to be slaughtered in the coming hours. Several countries outside the EU have banned imports of poultry from the Czech Republic.
Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has denied claims that hackers who broke into email accounts at the Foreign Ministry over a period of several months had managed to gain access to classified information. At a press briefing in Prague on Thursday, Minister Zaorálek said that while the hackers had accessed information that could be sensitive for persons and institutions, such as from his own email account, they had not managed to break into any classified information accounts. The leak of these mails is unfortunate, but it is not a threat to national security, the minister stressed. The breach of security was announced on Tuesday and the media have since cited security sources as saying thousands of pieces of data – including classified information – had been gradually downloaded from the ministry’s email accounts.
Minister for Trade and Industry Jan Mládek says he hopes to visit the Tesla Motors electric car headquarters in the United States and possibly meet with founder Elon Musk to encourage him to site a plant in the Czech Republic. Mládek told the business daily Hospodářské Noviny that his trip to the US could take place in May and exploratory talks with Tesla were already underway. Czech chances of landing an electric car plant have reportedly been boosted by the possibility of exploiting large lithium deposits in the north of the country near the German border. Lithium is a key material for the batteries used in electric cars.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been the victim of a major security breach, with hackers infiltrating dozens of email accounts, including that of Minister Lubomír Zaorálek. Mr. Zaorálek says experts told him the “sophisticated” cyberattack was likely carried out by a state and resembled hacking of the Democrats in the US. Washington formally blamed Russia for that breach. To discuss the hacking of the Czech Foreign Ministry email, I spoke to Andor Šándor, a security expert who previously headed the country’s Military Intelligence.