Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka insists that a solution to the
problem of double product quality, over all foodstuffs, in the EU countries
requires a revision of the directive on dishonest commercial practices.
Sobotka made the statement on Friday at the summit 'Equal quality of
products for all', held in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava.
The summit, convened by the Czech and Slovak governments, is attended by the Prime Ministers of the countries of the Visegrad Group, composed of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, and representatives of the European Commission.
Mr Sobotka stressed that several tests showed that the double quality of the products is not a casual phenomenon, but rather a widespread practice. He added that he considered it positive that it had been agreed that the solution to this problem should be sought jointly within the framework of the European Union and with the active participation of the European Commission.
The new chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic will be American
conductor of Russian descent Semyon Bychkov, the Czech News Agency reports,
citing two sources familiar with the decision-making process. The
Philharmonic is reportedly due to introduce the new chief conductor at a
press conference on Monday. On the day, a new contract with the conductor
will also be signed.
Bychkov was guest conductor with the philharmonic last season; the Czech Philharmonic was looking for a chief conductor following the death of Jiří Bělohlávek in May of this year.
Agriculture Minister and regional council member for Olomouc Marian
Jurečka has requested the regional governor to not help fund an upcoming
visit by the head-of-state - set to take place in November.
The president regularly travels to regions in the Czech Republic as a means of meeting with local representatives, businesses and others. Critics have charged the visits are tantamount to a pre-election campaign. The regional governorship covered costs in the hundreds of thousands of crowns for four previous visits.
The Czech president recently scratched a planned visit to Zlín after the governor there, Jiří Čunek, made clear his office would only cover the costs for the delegations’ lunch and dinner up to a maximum 30,000 crowns.
Two brothers, aged 20 and 23, who held up a traditional spring event in a
village in the Zlín area and tried to make off with almost 100,000 crowns
in a cash box and fired at organizers in pursuit with an air pistol, have
been recommended to face trial. Police completed their investigation after
The brothers have admitted their guilt, a spokeswoman for the regional police branch confirmed.
In the hold up, the two had prepared a get-away car without license plates. They also had pepper spray but were nevertheless stopped at their vehicle; if found guilty, the two could face up to five years in prison.
Euro MP Pavel Telička has said he sees no reason to give up his mandate
despite his departure from the ANO party. He said that he would continue to
meet goals he ran on in 2014. He told journalists on Friday there were no
signals from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe that he
should step down.
Mr Telička said that originally he had seen eye-to-eye on many issues with ANO party leader Andrej Babiš but made clear their paths had since diverged on issues such as the adoption of the European currency and EU integration.
World War II veteran Arnošt Polák, a Czech who served with the British
RAF, has died at the age of 94. The news was announced on Thursday by the
Czech Embassy in London. The group captain passed away on September 27th;
he had received a Medal for Bravery from the Czech head of state weeks
Polák had served with the Czechoslovak-manned 311th bomber squadron, flying in the Vickers Wellington and B-24 Liberator, Euro.cz reported.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has expressed doubts that threats by US
President Donald Trump against North Korea aren’t ridiculous as opposed
to productive; he made the comments in an interview for broadcaster TV
Barrandov in which he was asked about the situation in North Korea.
The president added that sanctions against the Kim regime were not working and reiterated an earlier comment that the stand-off against North Korea could be resolved by a commando who would take the leader out. There were reports recently that South Korea was planning to put together a strike team capable of taking out North Korea’s leadership.
The Škoda Auto brand and that of Volkswagen and Spanish manufacturing unit
SEAT should be more clearly distinguished from each other according to the
general manager of the Volkswagen Group, Matthias Müller.
The move should, it is claimed, help reduce conflicts and tension between the companies targeting the same mass market. Production should be targeted at 14 different customer segments, according to the declaration made to managers in Volkswagen’s home city of Wolfsburg.
Media reports have recently suggested tension within the group particular focused on suspicions that the success of Škoda Auto could be coming at the expense of other Volkswagen companies .
A row has broken out at the top of Czech football with the head of the
reigning champions, Slavia Prague, warning that it will refuse to allow
players to be released to play for the national team.
The warning has come from Slavia head Jaroslav Tvrdík, who said he was disgusted by the attacks on national manager, Karel Jarolím, by the deputy chairman of the football association, Roman Berbr.
Jarolím was confirmed in his position on Tuesday in spite of the Czech failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Berbr, according to the news site Aktualne.cz, has continued his attacks on the manager and said that the only reason he has not been sacked is that the contract is difficult to terminate.
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