City Hall in the town of Ústí nad Labem, North Bohemia, will reportedly commission a study to weigh the benefits of a possible road tunnel aimed at improving transit from the city centre. The proposed tunnel would be around four kilometres in length, connecting the centre to the D8 highway and ending at the Neštěmice district. Councillors at City Hall are of the view the tunnel should be paid for the state; no price tag has been mentioned yet.
A car crash in the area of Domažlice on Thursday night claimed the life of an 18-year-old boy on the passenger side while four others in the vehicle were injured. The fatal accident took place at around 10 PM; for reasons still unknown, the 26-year-old driver lost control and the car went off the road, crashing into a tree. The news was confirmed by a police spokeswoman for the Czech News Agency. Three of those injured were trapped in the car and hydraulic equipment was needed to free them from the vehicle.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr, historian Jehudu Bauer and the grand-daughter of the shoe manufacturer Jan Antonin Bata, Dolores Liljana Bata are 12 personalities being awarded the 2015 Gratias Agit award for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad on Friday evening. The awards are presented by the Czech foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, at a special ceremony at Prague’s Černín Palace. The Gratias Agit awards have been presented annually since 1997.
The 12th annual Prague Museum Night will take place on Saturday 13 June, 2015. This popular cultural event established in 2004 offers people the possibility to visit Prague galleries, museums and other cultural heritage sites in the late night hours. Around 40 institutions are opening their doors to visitors this year.
The Czech winner of the biggest ever Eurojackpot has come forward to claim his money, the Sazka betting agency reported on Thursday. The man appeared more than three weeks after winning a staggering 90 million euro or 2.4 billion crowns in the lottery and demanded he remain in anonymity. Sazka disclosed only that winner was a middle-aged man who was still working and who said he had needed time to think things over. He took out 270,000 crowns in cash and left, saying he was in a hurry to catch a train, the Sazka employee said. The winner has been offered the services of a psychologist and financial advisor.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretsu on Thursday signed a list of operational programmes for the Czech Republic from the European Structural and Investment Fund for the 2014 to 2020 period. All of the country’s operational programmes have now been approved by the EC. In total, about 23.85 billion euros (about 644 billion crowns) have been earmarked for the Czech Republic in the said period.
The Višegrad Four countries, i.e. the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, are opposed to the idea of mandatory migrant resettlement quotas proposed by the EC, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Thursday. The Czech head of government and representatives of the other Višegrad group states met on the sidelines of the Brussels summit of EU and the Latin American and Caribbean states (CELAC) in order to coordinate their positions on the migration problem ahead of the end-June meeting of the European Council. They are to discuss the issue again at a meeting of the Višegrad group prime ministers in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 19.
The Social Affairs Committee in the lower house of Parliament has approved the introduction of kurzarbeit - an agreement between the state, companies and employees under which firms in financial straits could put workers on part-time work rather than affecting major lay-offs. Employees on part time work would receive 70 percent of their wages with 50 percent paid by their employer and 20 percent covered by the state. The introduction of kurzarbeit was proposed by the government in connection with the economic crisis and the sanctions against Russia which have hurt selected companies. Individual applications for state support would be decided by the government.
The police are investigating suspected abuse of funds at the government agency CzechTourism. The law enforcement authorities were alerted to possible irregularities at the agency by the minister for regional development, Karla Šlechtova. According to a police spokeswoman the suspicion was not ungrounded and police have been collecting evidence in view of filing charges. According to Minister Šlechtova the agency mismanaged hundreds of millions of crowns in the past decade.
President Miloš Zeman will appoint Kateřina Valachová education minister next Wednesday, the ctk news agency reports. The president met with Ms. Valachová on Thursday to ask about her plans for the education sector. Kateřina Valachová, who replaces Marcel Chladek, sacked for bullying his subordinates, has said she will fight for more money for teaching and non-teaching staff, create a payment system whereby teachers would be motivated to perform better and reduce regional differences in the provision of education. She and the president also discussed the need for inclusive education.
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