Heads of state of the V4 countries have expressed their support for the
integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union and
called for accelerating the process during a two-day meeting in Szekszard
in Hungary, which got underway on Friday.
According to the Czech President Miloš Zeman, who attended the summit with his Hungarian, Polish and Slovak counterparts, they have also agreed that there was a risk of spreading radical Islam in Bosnia. The heads of state have also talked about ecology or digitization.
Two new bishops of the Olomouc Archdiocese were consecrated at a ceremony
in the cathedral of St Wenceslas on Saturday. The newly ordained bishops,
Antonín Basler and Josef Nuzík, had been appointed to the office by Pope
Francis in June this year. They were consecrated by Archbishop Jan Graubner
The ceremony in the cathedral of St Wenceslas was attended by around two thousand people, including several other bishops from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland and representatives of the political and public life.
Czech singer Karel Gott received the Golden Hen (Goldene Henne) award for lifetime achievement in Leipzig on Friday night. The singer, who is 78, has a huge fan base in Germany, where he is known as ‘the Golden Voice of Prague,’ and has been regularly appearing on German TV shows. Goldene Henne is Germany’s biggest audience award and has been presented since 1995. Gott is the second Czech to receive the prize. In 2009 it was awarded to the late Czech president Václav Havel in recognition of his life-time political work.
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.
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