In the wake of reduced deliveries of Russian gas to Poland, Slovakia and Austria in recent weeks - the EU’s dependence on Russian gas and finding alternative supplies to boost security has shot up the agenda again. And alongside other European countries heavily dependent on Russian gas supplies, the Czech Republic is taking stock of its reserves and preparing for a possible emergency.
A candidate for the post of mayor for Prague 5, the Czech News Agency reported this week, has come forward with a novel idea to try and improve public transport in the congested city centre: water trams which would cross from one side of the Vltava River to the other, stopping off at several points. The proposal is reportedly being taken seriously by city’s transit authority.
Czech farmers are predicting a slight increase in the hop harvest this year. Hop production is set to go up by five to nine percent, reaching up to 5,800 tonnes. One of the factors that has contributed to the favourable outlook is the fact that the overall area of hop fields has expanded for the first time in 14 years. The traditional Czech crop is now being grown on 4,460 hectares of land.
Czech Railways has two years, writes daily Mladá fronta Dnes, to adapt long-term strategies to ensure continued profits and growth. Until now, the state-owned firm relied heavy on the sale of property as a financial buffer but that "well" will soon run dry at a time when debts at the firm are on a rise.
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