Tomáš Ježek, economist and former Czech deputy and Minister of
Privatisation, has died at the age of 77, the Czech News Agency reported on
Wednesday. The news was confirmed by his friends and former prime minister
Ježek, along with former president Václav Klaus and economist Dušan Tříska, was one of the co-authors of the Czech coupon privatisation policy. He was also one of the founding members of Civic Forum, and later served for six years as a deputy in parliament for the Civic Democratic Party.
The road connecting the town of Žamberk in north-east Bohemia with
Jablonec nad Orlicí and Červená Voda remains to be the country’s most
dangerous road, according to a new risk map released by the European Road
Assessment Programme on Wednesday.
The organisation assesses roads in Europe by measuring and mapping the rate at which road users are being killed or seriously injured, with the aim to improve road safety.
The government of the Social Democrats, ANO and the Christian Democrats,
led by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, tendered its resignation on
Wednesday after the constituent session of the newly-elected Chamber of
“We have moved the Czech Republic forward. We had four years of stability, continuous economic growth and a record-low poverty, Mr Sobotka said during his speech at the lower house. He also highlighted his government was only the third to complete a full four-year mandate.
A record number of visitors attended a concert by Czech rock band Kabát in
Prague’s O2 Arena on Tuesday evening.
The show was attended by 20,083 people, which is the highest figure in the
Until now, the visitor record was held by Madonna whose concert in 2006 attracted 18,628 visitors.
Czechs donated 7.5 billion crowns to charity last year, which is around
half a billion more than in the previous year, according to figures
released by the Czech Donors Forum on Wednesday.
Private donors provided 1.8 billion, firms donated 3.7 million and foundations and funds secured 1.4 billion crowns. Public collections raised 600 million crowns, with 30 million donated via donation text messages.
The Czech Republic is ready to step up the pressure against North Korea
over the repeated ballistic missile tests, the foreign ministry said on its
website on Wednesday.
According to the ministry, the missile programmes represent a flagrant violation of UN resolutions and should be abandoned completely and immediately.
The exhibition by top Czech sculptor Krištof Kintera at Prague’s Galerie Rudofinum has attracted over 120, 000 visitors and has become the fourth most successful exhibition in the Czech Republic in the past four years. Entry to the exhibition, entitled Nervous Trees, is free, with the event prolonged until December 27.
Meteorologists have issued a snow warning for some parts of the Czech
Republic. Heavy snowfall on Thursday morning is expected to bring from five
to 12 centimetres of fresh snow to the eastern part of Moravia and Silesia.
The Beskydy mountains may see up to 20 centimetres of snow. Weather experts have also warned drivers about strong winds and snowdrifts.
The outgoing Minister for Regional Development, Karla Šlechtová from the
ANO party, has confirmed that she is a candidate to be defence minister in
the minority cabinet prepared by the ANO leader Andrej Babiš, Czech
Mr Babiš submitted a list of ministerial candidates to President Miloš Zeman at their meeting at Prague Castle earlier on Tuesday. He refused to release the ministers’ names, saying that the president wanted to meet them before the announcement was made.