The lower house‘s Investigatory Commission on OKD announced on Tuesday that it has decided to file a criminal complaint against four former government ministers for their role in the privatisation of the Silesian coal mining joint-stock company Ostravsko-karvinské doly (OKD). Among them is the former prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka. According to the commission, the privatisation and subsequent events were in contradiction to the interests of the state.
The Czech energy giant ČEZ will develop small modular nuclear reactors in
cooperation with the American company NuScale, according to ČEZ spokesman
Ladislav Kříž, who told Czech Television that the two companies signed a
memorandum of understanding on Thursday. ČEZ and NuScale will share their
technical knowledge on the matter and look into the possibilities of using
such energy sources in the Czech Republic and across wider Europe.
The Czech government has a majority share in ČEZ and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš stated earlier this year that small scale nuclear power sources are the optimum solution for the country when it comes to constructing new nuclear power plants. NuScale is an industry leader when it comes to the development of these energy sources and is set to launch its first commercial reactor in the US state of Idaho in 2027.
The Czech Republic should have the right to determine its own energy mix,
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told the Czech News Agency on Sunday
ahead of his departure for the United National General Assembly, which also
includes the Sustainable Development Impact Summit.
Mr. Petříček also said nuclear energy represented part of the country’s energy mix and it was an important replacement of the fossil fuels, which are being gradually phased out.
The sharp rise in apartment prices in major Czech cities in recent years combined with stricter mortgage conditions have led more people to rent, with a study by consultants KPMG quoted by Hospodářské noviny finding that the number of rental properties on the market has fallen by a third in only two years.
The largest Czech small-arms manufacturer CZ Group - Česká zbrojovka
could be preparing to enter the Prague stock exchange, the Czech news site
iHNed reported on Wedneday, referring to its own sources. The President of
the Group Holding, Lubomír Kovařík, told the site that the company is
indeed considering a public sale of shares, but that these thoughts are
only in their initial stage. He refused to offer any details on the size
and timing of the transaction.
According to iHNed, the company could use the capital raised by share sales to boost its investment in the United States, where it is currently building a new factory and preparing to compete in the local defence tenders.
Czechs living in rented homes spend more than homeowners, according to a study by the Partners consulting agency, presented on Wednesday. On average, Czechs renting a home pay 1800 crowns a month more than those who own their home. At the same time, flats are rented mostly by people with lower income.
The deputy governor of Lower Austria, Stephan Pernkopf, and former Austrian
minister of the environment Elisabeth Köstinger have not ruled out taking
legal action against the Czech Republic at the EU over the financing of the
completing of the Dukovany nuclear power station in Moravia, the Austrian
daily Kurier wrote on Saturday night. Both politicians have criticised a
positive environmental impact assessment issued on Friday for new nuclear
units at the Czech plant.
The pair said they wanted to hear from the Prague government who would finance the construction project. Once they had done so they would ascertain whether it was possible to file a lawsuit over state support at the EU, Ms. Köstinger said.
The Austrian politicians are also opposed to the extension of the life span at Dukovany’s existing reactors.
The market with prefabricated wooden houses in the Czech Republic is experiencing a major boom, the website ihned.cz reports. While ten years ago, there were around one thousand prefabricated wooden houses built in the country, last year it was nearly three thousand. “Over the past year, the demand has grown by one fifth,” Martin Fojtíko of the company Bidli, which specializes in low-energy wooden buildings, told the website.