The Czech writer with Bulgarian roots, Bianca Bellová, 47, has received this year's European Union Prize for Literature for her novel Jezero (The Lake), the European Commission (EC) announced. The prize, which carries with it an award of 5000 euros, has been annually bestowed on talented European writers from the EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the EU candidate countries since 2009. It should help them have their books published abroad and address a wider pubic. Bellova's novel The Lake won also the Czech Magnesia Litera main award for the book of the year recently. Her novel is a post-apocalyptic parable of environmental destruction followed by the destruction of human relations and individual souls.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is met with Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjörn Jagland during his one-day visit to Prague on Friday. Mr Jagland also held talks with Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek about the upcoming Czech presidency of the Committee of Ministers, the statutory body of the Council of Europe. The Czech Republic is set to take over the chairmanship in November. During his visit to Prague, the Council of Europe secretary was due also to meet with Justice Minister Robert Pelikán and members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the lower house.
The growth of auto production and parts supply in the Czech Republic is seen slowing this year compared to last, according to the president of the Auto Industry Group, Bohdan Wojnar. He told the Czech News Agency that the rise in overall production this year would probably fall back to around 6 percent from last year’s 8%. Last year the three main Czech car makers produced 1.3 million cars. In the first quarter of 2017 production was up 10.7 percent with 387,342 units manufactured. Wojnar said demand was expected to ease in some key markets. Czech car production is a key to the country’s manufacturing and exports.
Legendary Czech pop singer Karel Gott is to make a return to the stage after illness with a first concert on May 31 at Prague’s Hybernia theatre. The concert will be billed ‘Karel Gott Still aLive,’ according to his manager. Seventy-seven year-old Gott was described as having recovered from the serious cancer non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the start of last year after being diagnosed in late 2015. He has not made any concert appearances since. The return concert will feature Gott’s greatest hits as well as guest appearances from music and show business personalities.
The top administrative posts in the newly re-created South Bohemian regional government have been shared out between the four parties and movements making up the new coalition. The post of governor, or hejtman, will stay with the Social Democrats with the role filled by Ivan Stráská. The dossiers of schools and social affairs have been handed to the Christian Democrats. The South Bohemia movement has been handed the transport and development dossiers and the South Bohemian 2012 will deal with the countryside, culture, and the environment. The Social Democrats have been tasked to take the finance and health dossiers. The coalition makeover followed the resignation of former governor Jiří Zimola.
Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek has said that an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is the only way to reopen the case of a Czech killed in London whose attacker was found not guilty of manslaughter and murder. Zaorálek said a petition to the court by the dead man’s sister with the support of the Czech Republic is the only way to get the verdict reviewed. The defendant was found not guilty of killing Czech Zdeněk Makar by a jury at the start of April. Since then Czech officials have been reviewing the case with British officials but the English justice system leaves few options for reopening jury cases unless there is compelling new evidence. Zaorálek discussed the case with Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjörn Jagland in Prague on Friday.
The Czech Technical University in Prague on Friday presented recycled plastic bricks, made out of PET plastic, which have developed by a team at the faculty of architecture. The empty plastic bricks can be filled with other materials, such as sand or left empty, to create a number of a light constructions such as tables, bars, or chairs. Alternatively, they can filled by a light for special effects. A patent for the bricks was gained in 2016 with opportunities now being explored for how to market them.
Czech public finances in 2016 recorded a surplus of 27.6 billion crowns or 0.58 percent of GDP, according to the latest revised figures released by the Czech Statistical Office on Friday. The overall figure for the surplus is 1.7 billion down on an earlier figure released by the office. Public finances recorded a deficit of almost 29 billion crowns or around 0.64 percent of GDP in 2015 according to the latest revision.
Fruit and grape producers in South Moravia are starting to try and put a cost on the possible damage from severe frosts which occurred on Thursday night. Temperatures fell to minus three degrees Celsius in some parts of the region though growers said there were many local differences in the severity of the possible damage. Growers made last minute attempts to curb the expected damage with protective coverings and fires. Initial estimates say the damage to the fruit crop could come to hundreds of millions of crowns but it could take a week or 10 days for a more precise figure to be arrived at.
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