The Lower House of Parliament is set to hold an extraordinary meeting on
Monday over lithium mining in the Czech Republic, which has caused a
dispute between the Social Democrats and the ANO party. ANO said the
memorandum signed by the Social Democrat-controlled Ministry of Industry
with Australia’s European Metals Holdings Company sells out the national
The meeting was prompted by the opposition Communist Party, according to which lithium doesn’t belong to foreign hands and should remain in the state hands. However, the Social Democrat foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, said the government had agreed a measure aimed at boosting the state’s rights to mine other materials.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has won a second WTA singles title in her career. In the final round of WTA event in Linz on Sunday, the Czech No.2 seed defeated Magdalena Rybáriková of Slovakia, 6-4, 6-1. The 31-year-old Czech last claimed a WTA title in 2011, when she won at the WTA Bell Challenge Tournament in Quebec City.
Temperature records were set around the Czech Republic on Sunday. Seven measuring stations in South Bohemia that have been keeping records for more than 20 years saw their warmest ever temperature for the day. The hottest place in the country was Volary in Prachatice region, where it was 23.8 degrees Celsius. Meteorologists expect more temeprature records may tobe broken on Monday.
Czech unions have prepared a list of ten requirements for the future
government to fulfill during its mandate. One of the requirements is to
raise the minimum wage to 50 percent of the average wage within the next
four years, the head of the Czech Confederation of Trade Unions Josef
Středula said in a debate on Czech Television on Sunday. According to him,
the unions will present the requirements in the coming days.
The government decided in August to increase the minimum wage by 11 percent to 12,200 crowns as of next year. That should be about 40 percent of the average wage, which reached 29,346 crowns in the second quarter of 2017.
Governor of the Czech National Bank, Jiří Rusnok, was named Central Bank
Governor of the Year 2017 for Central and Eastern Europe by GlobalMarkets,
a newspaper of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
GlobalMarkets Magazine acknowledged Rusnok for smooth termination of foreign exchange interventions, including thorough preparation and efficient communication, the Czech National Bank said in a press release issued on Sunday. The magazine also praised the bank's policy on financial stability.
Police are searching for two children who were kidnapped by their parents
from a children’s home in Strakonice, South Bohemia on Friday. The two
brothers, aged four and 10, were removed from the parents by the court.
They were abducted during regular visiting hours in the home.
The parents are now wanted on a European Arrest Warrant, the South Bohemian police spokesman Jiří Matzner told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. According to the police, witnesses saw the parents with both children in Freyung, Germany.
Czech filmmaker Marie Dvořáková received a Student Academy Award for her
short film ‘Who is Who in Mycology’ at a ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn
Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday night. Dvořáková is the second Czech
winner of a Student Oscar, after Jan Svěrák, who got it in 1989 for his
short film Oil Gobblers.
‘Who is Who in Mycology, which has been chosen as the bronze winner in the narrative film category, is Marie Dvořáková’s graduate film at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The film was shot in Czech-US coproduction with Negativ Film Production and Czech Televison and it was supported by the Czech Film Fund.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic in the next four weeks should be above average for the time of year, according to a long-term forecast by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Next week is expected to be the warmest, with daytime temperatures reaching up to 20 degrees Celsius. The remaining weeks should be slightly cooler, with daytime highs only around 10 degrees Celsius. Rainfall levels over the next four weeks should be average or slightly below average for the time of year.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has advanced to the final round of WTA event in Linz. In Saturday’s match, the 31-year-old Czech beat Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 7-6 In the final round, Strýcová will face the winner of the match between Slovakia’s Magdaléna Rybáriková or Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland.