The Czech Republic has launched an international campaign to promote a planned issue of "eurobonds", by which it hopes to help fund reform of its public finances. A tour promoting the bonds in several European capitals got under way on Monday. The minister of finance, Bohuslav Sobotka, told the Czech BBC the bond issue could raise a billion crowns.
President Vaclav Klaus has nominated Ivana Janu to fill one of the empty seats on the Czech Constitutional Court, a spokesman for the president said on Monday. The Senate is expected to discuss her candidature in the near future. Ms Janu is a former member of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and is a widely respected expert on international public law.
Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, who arrived in Prague on Saturday, will play Prague's T-Mobile Park on Sunday to tens of thousands of dedicated fans. Before he takes to the stage on Sunday evening, Mr McCartney is expected to meet briefly with the Czech Republic's former president, Vaclav Havel. Mr Havel is already known for camaraderie with the Rolling Stones. Among songs Mr McCartney is expected to perform in his three hour set will be such Beatles' classics as Yesterday, The Long and Winding Road, and Hey Jude.
Shortly before leaving for Normandy Czech President Vaclav Klaus became
one of many heads of state to pay tribute to former U.S. President
Ronald Reagan, who died at the age of 93 on Saturday. Mr Klaus honoured
Mr Reagan's legacy by calling him one of the greatest statesmen of the
last era. He added that without Mr Reagan's involvement the fall of
Communism in Europe would not have come so swiftly and would not have
been as peaceful.
Mr Klaus' predecessor Vaclav Havel also rued the death of the former U.S. president at the weekend.
Czech police are questioning a Slovak football referee in connection with a bribery scandal involving the Czech club Synot, the Slovak football association announced on Friday. Several Czech referees and a senior official from Synot have already been arrested over the alleged match-fixing affair, which has been described as the biggest scandal in the history of Czech football. Several Slovak referees officiate in the Czech league.
The first group of Greek anti-chemical soldiers taking part in exercises in the Czech Republic ahead of the Athens Olympics in August have completed their training and returned home. Some 48 Greek soldiers underwent training with a variety of deadly gases at a specialist camp in Vyskov, south Moravia. There have been reports that NATO may ask the Czech authorities to send Czech anti-chemical troops to Athens for the Olympics, though no such request has been made as yet.
Police in the south Moravian district of Znojmo are investigating an incident in which somebody allowed 15,000 litres of a liquid believed to be either oil or diesel to escape into the local water supply. According to a report on Czech Television, the incident is also being investigated by environmental inspectors.
Six former managers of the collapsed bank IPB have been charged with being responsible for losses of nine billion crowns, the newspaper Mlada fronta Dnes reported on Saturday. The six, who were already facing similar charges, face up to eight years in prison if found guilty. IPB was put under forced administration in the summer of 2000 and was bought by CSOB bank three days later. The state took on IPB's losses at a cost of around 100 billion crowns.
The Czech football team have travelled to the north Bohemian town of Teplice for a match against Estonia on Sunday evening, their last warm-up game before the European Football championships in Portugal. The Czech Republic's first game at Euro 2004 is against Latvia on June 15; the other teams in Group D are Germany and the Netherlands.
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