Jindřich Vobořil is stepping down as head of the National Anti-Drug
Agency after eight years on the job, Czech daily Mladá fronta Dnes
reported on Friday.
According to the newspaper, Vobořil will leave the post at the end of July.
The paper reported he had cited personal reasons for leaving, including his family and having to commute regularly to the capital from Brno.
Before he steps down, he is to present the bureau’s strategy in the fight against addiction for the next nine-year bloc.
Prime Minister in resignation Andrej Babiš confirmed the decision was strictly the official’s own.
The leadership of ANO on Friday officially backed the policy programme and
coalition deal reached with the Social Democrats on a planned minority
The Social Democrat top leadership is expected to do the same. The latter is also holding an inner-party referendum on whether the party should join the coalition.
The details of both the program and coalition deal were agreed upon by negotiators earlier this week and are due to be published.
On Saturday, the documents will be assessed by the Communist Party, whose backing will be required by the new government in a confidence vote and on key legislation, as the coalition lacks a majority in the 200-member Chamber of Deputies.
Retired Czech football legend Pavel Nedvěd will join the ranks of small
hometown club Skalná 1.B in a match which could see up to 2,500 visitors,
far more than the 115 people who saw the team’s last outing (8:1 against
Hazlov), news site idnes.cz reported Friday.
Nedvěd was European Footballer of the Year in 2003 and is the former captain of the Czech national squad and most famously played for Juventus and Lazio before that.
He was also part of the Czech squad that finished second at Euro ’96, losing in the final to Germany.
FK Skalná head Miroslav Balej confirmed that Nedvěd had registered with the team. Also registered with the club is the player’s son, Pavel Nedvěd, jr. The match, against Královský Poříčí B, takes place on June 2.
The Czech competition office has imposed a 300,000 crown fine on the
country’s telecoms regulator, according to a report by the news server
The fine, on the state authority which among other tasks should ensure fair competition in the telecoms sector, is for failing to hold an open tender for software services. And the Czech competition office says it warned in advance that the Czech Telecommunication Office risked breaking the law.
The telecoms office can still appeal against the fine.
A motorist was killed and two others were injured in a collision on the D1
highway on Friday morning. The tragedy unfolded near Prague when the driver
of a tanker truck drove into oncoming traffic.
The person who died was in a personal vehicle; one of the people injured was hospitalized.
The crash saw massive amounts of heating fuel leak from the tanker onto the road, leading to the highway being closed in both directions.
The accident took place shortly after 8 am.
Czech police say they have shelved an investigation into a hacking attack
on the website of the national statistical office as it updated results
from parliamentary elections last October.
The attack caused the website of the Czech Statistical Office to collapse. The office said the results of counting for elections to the lower house of parliament were not affected.
Police, according to the news website of Czech Radio, were not able to identify where the attack originated. The statistical office said that it had stepped up its security measures following the attack.
In ice hockey, the Czechs won 4:3 in extra time against Russia in the world
championship group game.
David Pastrňák clinched the winning goal with Boston teammate David
Krejčí another of the Czech stars on the night.
The Czechs trailed at the start of the first period after conceding an early goal but they scored twice to pull ahead 2:1 by the break. Russia scored twice and the Czechs once to level by the end of the second period. The third period was scoreless.
The win still leaves the Czechs in fifth place in the eight team group with six points but they still have to play lower ranked teams France, Austria, and Belarus.
The grants authority for Central Bohemia has called for a subsidiary of the
Agrofert company to voluntary return the EU funds given in the so-called
Stork’s Nest affair. The request was made public on Thursday. The request
has been sent to the Imoba company, which originally received the funds.
ANO leader and prime minister Andrej Babiš faces criminal proceedings for fraud for the 50 million euros received for the hotel and recreation centre. The EU funds should have been directed to small and medium sized companies and not a massive agro-chemical group the size of Babiš’ Agrofert.
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