Prague City Hall will announce a public tender for the renovation of the
bottom part of Wenceslas Square, city councillors decided on Thursday. The
cost of the project is estimated at 250 million crowns.
The plan by the Cigler-Marani studio, which was approved by city hall in autumn last year, envisages a traffic-free zone with more greenery more space for pedestrians, and a wider promenade, with car traffic severely restricted.
A collection of CDs marking the legacy of the world-renowned Czech
conductor Jiří Bělohlávek will be released by Supraphon in June this
year, the Czech record label announced on Thursday. The Music and Artistic
Director of the Czech Philharmonic died last year at the age of 71.
Mr. Bělohlávek has also served as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and the Vienna State Opera, among others.
The series of CDs, entitled Recollection, will contain a selection of recordings made by Jiří Bělohlávek for Supraphon between the years 1971 and 2016. It will include pieces by Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček and many others.
The European Union should provide the six West Balkan states with a
calendar concerning their accession to the EU, outgoing Czech prime
minister Andrej Babiš said at an EU summit in Sophia, Bulgaria, on
Mr Babiš said the Czech Republic, along with other V4 countries, including Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, were critical towards the EU for not providing the West Balkan states with any specific dates. He also said the countries’ membership of the EU was in the best interest of the whole Europe.
The tunnel on the proposed high-speed railway between Prague and Dresden is
set to be designed by the German passenger rail company Deutsche Bahn,
according to an agreement on Thursday by Czech transport minister Dan Ťok
and his Saxon counterpart Martin Dulig.
The high-speed railway between Prague and Dresden could shorten the travel time to one hour as well as reduce heavy traffic through the Elbe valley. The construction of the new high-speed line is expected to start around 2030 and its costs are estimated as five billion euros.
Senators from the opposition Mayors and Independents Party want to propose
a treason charge against President Miloš Zeman over his claim that the
nerve-gas Novichok had been produced and tested in the Czech Republic.
The party’s senators’ club announced the news at a press conference on
Thursday, adding that by disclosing classified information from a military
intelligence report, the president has threatened the security of Czech
Mayors and Independents have 12 deputies in the Senate, while the constitutional complaint must be presented by at least one-third of the 81 senators. To accept the motion, a three-fifths majority is needed in the Senate. It must be also be confirmed by three-fifths of all members of the Chamber of Deputies or at least 120 of them.
Chief of the civilian intelligence service Jiří Šašek has been
suspended from duty, the Minister of Interior, Lubomír Metnar, announced
at a press conference on Thursday.
The dismissal of Mr Šašek, who has headed the Office for Foreign Relations and Information since July 2014, is connected with the investigation into the service’s financial management. The office will be temporarily headed by Mr Šašek’s deputy Radek Musílek.
Czech former world number one woman tennis player Karolína Plíšková is
likely to face a fine after a temper tantrum when she exited the second
round of the Italian Open in Rome.
At the end of her 6:3, 3:6, 5:7 loss to Greece’s Maria Sakkari, Plíšková went to the net and instead of shaking hands smashed her racket at the umpire’s chair three times, leaving a visible hole.
The sixth seed had a number of clashes with the umpire during the match but she appeared particular incensed when a smash was called out during a crucial point of the final set.
Czech Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček says the party’s Prague
membership appears to be in favour of taking part in a minority coalition
government with ANO. Hamáček’s comments followed a meeting with party
leaders on Wednesday. He added that the Prague atmosphere reflected that in
Hamáček has backed being the junior party in a coalition dominated by the ANO party of Andrej Babiš and supported by the communist party in parliament. But the final decision will be taken during a referendum of the party membership which will be completed in June.
Hamáček on Thursday is expected to communicate the names of the party’s proposed Cabinet ministers to president Miloš Zeman. The future foreign minister is tipped to be influential Prague party member and member of the European Parliament Miroslav Poche.
The Palestinian authority in the West Bank has announced it will withdraw
its ambassador from the Czech Republic and three other European countries,
Austria, Romania, and Hungary. The move is a response to representatives
from the countries attending a reception to mark the opening of the US
embassy in Jerusalem.
The Czech foreign ministry said that it had noted the move but would not be taking reciprocal action. Prague has said it will by the end of the month open an honorary consulate in Jerusalem and a so-called Czech House for cultural exchanges by the end of the year.