Members of the country’s security forces, police and customs officers, firemen and prison wardens will get a ten percent wage increase as of June of this year, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec tweeted following Wednesday’s cabinet meeting where his proposal won final approval. The increase will cost the state budget approximately 1.5 billion crowns. The average monthly wage of a Czech police officer is 35 thousand crowns.
Exports of Pilsner Urquell, the country’s leading beer brand, increased by ten percent year on year reaching 970,000 hectoliters, the company Plzensky Prazdroj reported. In addition to the traditional export destinations such as Germany, Poland, Slovakia and the United States there is also growing demand from countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Armenia or Israel. The share of tank beer in annual exports has also grown as have the number of restaurants abroad selling Pilsner beer on tap. In 2015 Prazdroj sold ten million hectoliters of beer at home and abroad. Last year’s figure has not yet been released.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is scheduled to hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin next Monday, on the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Czech-German Treaty on Good Neighborly Relations and Cooperation. Ahead of the meeting, Prime Minister Sobotka said he was glad that the two countries had managed to bury old hostilities relating to WWII and emphasized that cooperation with neigbouring Germany was a key priority for the Czech Republic. The talks, which will also be attended by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, are expected to focus on the outcome of the Rome EU summit, Brexit and the migrant crisis.
In connection with the spread of bird flu in the Czech Republic, Russia has issued a temporary ban on imports of live poultry and eggs for hatching from the country, according to the TASS news agency. The ban concerns the regions of Pardubice, Karlovy Vary, Hradec Kralove and Plzen. The transport of live poultry from these regions across Russian territory is also banned.
Weather records set around Czech Republic on Tuesday Temperature records were set in many parts of the Czech Republic on Tuesday. Half of the measuring stations that have been keeping records for more than 30 years saw their warmest ever temperature for the day. The hottest place in the country was Žatec in the north-west, where it was 22.8 degrees Celsius. Many stations also recorded the hottest day ever measured in March.
In tennis, Karolína Plíšková has reached the Miami Open semi-finals after beating 16th seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3 6-4. The Czech second seed is next going to face Caroline Wozniacki, who defeated Czech Lucie Šafářová in the quarter-finals. In the men’s singles, Tomáš Berdych is set to face Roger Federer to fight for a place in the semi-finals.
Former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Jiří Drahoš, has announced his decision to run in the 2018 presidential elections. the news site Aktualne.cz reported on Tuesday. Mr Drahoš, who will run as an independent, announced his decision at a public debate in Jablunkov in the Frýdek-Místek region, where he comes from. Mr Drahoš, who is 68, said he decided to run for the post becuase he was worried about the future of the country`s democracy.
Some 118 trains on the Czech Republic’s rail network ran a red light last year, a sharp increase on the previous year. It is nearly thirty more than last year and twice as many as in 2014, the website aktualne.cz reported, citing data by the Railway Inspectorate. Most of the incidents did not lead to an emergency. According to experts, the phasing out of train dispatchers and inattention of train drivers, are among the main factors behind the sharp increase of such incidents.
Czech skier Šárka Strachová has announced the end of her career. The 32-year-old former world champion in slalom and holder of an Olympic medal announced the news at a press conference in Prague on Tuesday. Strachová claimed her Olympic medal in 2010 in Vancouver, finishing third in slalom. In 2007 she won the gold medal in slalom at the 20017 World Championship. In July 2012 she underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour.
The government is set to earmark some 400 million crowns for next year’s celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia and the 50th anniversary of Prague Spring uprising. Some 172 events are scheduled to take place in 2018, with more than 50 carried out in cooperation with Slovak institutions. The key event will be an exhibition presenting Czechoslovakia since its establishment until its separation in 1993, which is set to take place in the renovated building of the National Museum in Prague.
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