British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has assured his Czech counterpart
that the rights of Czechs living and working in Britain will be assured
Johnson was in Prague on September 25 for talks with Lubomír Zaorálek in what the British minister described as a first stop on a round of European capitals to explain the British position outlined by prime minister Teresa May on Florence, Italy, three days earlier.
Johnson said Britain greatly appreciated the contribution of the estimated 45,000 Czechs in the UK. He added that London wanted to retain current strong trade relations with the Czech Republic.
PM May outlined the prospect of an extra transitional two year membership of the EU single market for Britain in Florence before final Brexit trade terms took effect.
The Cabinet on Monday approved a memorandum over the future of the auto
industry in the Czech Republic. The three-page memorandum seeks how to
realise an already finalized action plan setting out the challenges and
opportunities for the auto production and parts sector in the country.
Car production is the single most important industrial sector in the Czech Republic, with three car makers active and many more jobs linked to the dozens of components companies.
The sector is at a crucial crossroads with moves towards electric cars and driverless vehicles with those changes demanding more electronics and digitalisation than ever before.
The Czech Cabinet meeting September 25 made final preparations for the 2018
Most of the major issues had been settled, such as a 475 crown a month increase in pensions and 10 percent increase in wages for state workers, but some outstanding issues have still to be cleared up.
These include how much extra funding can be found for universities. It was eventually decided that 3 billion crowns extra would be found for them.
The target budget deficit for 2018 is 50 billion crowns with more money for spending facilitated by an increase in the expectation of tax and other earnings as a result of the country’s strong economic performance.
A new government formed after elections at the end of October could adjust next year’s budget.
Czech president Miloš Zeman on Monday sent a telegram of congratulations
to German Chancellor Angela Merkel following her victory in parliamentary
Zeman also thanked her for the friendly neighbourly relations developed between the two countries noting though that he and Merkel had different opinions on some key issues.
Merkel’s CDU-CSU won the elections but with a drop in support. She faces forging a new coalition after the Social Democrats vowed to go into opposition after their support slumped to 20.5 percent.
In his message, Zeman made no reference to the strong showing of the far right AfD, which has for the first time won seats in parliament after becoming the third biggest party.
Czech actor Jan Tříska has died at the age of 80, the news server IDnes
reported Monday citing director Jiří Madl.
Tříska was in a serious condition in hospital following a fall from Prague’s Charles Bridge over the weekend.
Tříska was rated one of the most talented actors to emerge in the 1960s. He emigrated to Canada in 1977 and onto the United States where he lived in Los Angeles.
Třiska was known for his many Czech film roles, such as the school teacher in the Oscar nominated film Obecná Škola, and his stage performances, such as his performance in Shakespeare’s King Lear.
Police say they are treating Saturday's fall as an accident but are also seeking witnesses to what happened.
In football, key defender for Czech league leaders Viktoria Plzeň, David
Limberský, faces surgery and is likely to be out for several weeks, the
club has said.
Limberský suffered face injuries during Saturday’s game against Mladá Boleslav and had to be taken from the pitch to hospital. He now faces surgery, the club has said.
The player will certainly miss Thursday’s Europa League game against Israel’s Beer Sheva and possibly both upcoming league matches against Slavia Prague and Sparta Prague.
Czech economic confidence climbed to its highest level since the start of
the year in September, according to the Czech Statistical Office.
The overcall confidence index rose by 0.4 points in September to reach 99.1 points in September, best performance since the start of the year.
The index registered rising confidence in the prospects for the economy from both businesses and consumers. The rise in positive sentiment was strongest from consumers.
The Czech Republic’s second biggest commercial tv broadcaster, FTV Prima,
has seen profits increase to record levels.
Net profit for 2016 rose by just over 60 percent to 481 million crowns with earnings up 7 percent to almost 3.0 billion crowns, according to the group’s annual report.
FTV has five tv stations and last year became the second most watched broadcaster following commercial rival, TV Nova. FTV Prima said its success was based on rising ad revenue and its changed commercial policy.
Defence Minister Martin Stropnický confirmed on Sunday that exhibition
parachutist jumps at public events by the military were banned indefinitely
following an accident in Letná Plain during Army Days in which three
people were injured. The ban will continue at least until an investigation
of what happened is complete.
In the accident, a paratrooper lost control during landing due to a sudden gust of wind and missed his target, hitting members of the public.
The minister said that two of the three injured would be released in the coming hours.
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