The Czech anti-drug policy is among the most effective in the EU in spite
of a lower funding, the head of the National Monitoring Centre for Drugs
and Addiction Viktor Mravčík told journalists on Thursday in reaction to
a report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
Mravčík said that despite relatively low funding in this area the Czech Republic is successful in preventing infections and has the lowest hepatitis C infection rate among addicts in Europe. This is due to the high availability of disposable needles.
However he said that the network of treatment facilities in the country is insufficient and help is not always available to those who want to overcome their addiction.
May was the hottest month in the Czech Republic since 1811, the Czech
Hydro-meteorological Institute reported on Thursday. The average monthly
temperature was 19.6 degrees Celsius.
And the average temperatures from May and June together are the highest since monitoring started in the Czech lands back in 1752.
Young Czechs remain at the top of the European ladder in the use of soft or
party drugs, according to a report by the European Centre for Drugs and
Thirty-seven percent of Czechs in the 15 to 16 age bracket said they smoked ‘pot,’ at least once, which is the highest figure in that age group across Europe.
In the 15 to 34 age group, 19.4 percent of Czechs said they had smoked marihuana at least once in the past 12 months, which ranked them third behind Italian and French respondents in the same age category.
Czechs also ranked high as regards the use of the party drug Ecstasy.
The police is investigating a case of vandalism at the memorial in Lety,
the site of a former concentration camp for Romanies during WWII.
Unknown perpetrators fixed plaques with hate messages on the memorial erected to the hundreds of Romanies who died there. One of the messages read that the memorial is in commemoration of “the last Romanies who ever worked on Czech territory”.
The web site Romea.cz which reported the vandalism claims it is the work of the nationalist grouping My proti vsem, which has been vocal in criticizing the amount of money that has been spent by the government to buy out a pig farm standing close to the site, so that the memorial would be in dignified surroundings.
Ministries and other state institutions are to receive a set on guidelines
on how to deal with sexual harassment at the work place, the ctk news
agency reported. The guidelines should be distributed to these institutions
within the next twelve months.
A survey at several ministries revealed that sexual harassment at the workplace is a problem in state administration and that in 90 percent of the cases the victims are women who generally complained of improper conduct by their superiors.
The European Commission has criticized a government proposed amendment to
the civil service law, Czech Radio reported on Thursday.
Its flagship news station Radiožurnal said the European Commission had sent the Interior Ministry a letter expressing grave concern over some of the amendments proposed.
These concern predominantly conditions which would make it easier to sack civil servants in managerial and regular posts on the grounds of an “adequate” performance assessment or two negative evaluations made within the space of 40 days.
The government previously claimed that the European Commission had no reservations to the proposed changes. The amendment is currently being debated in the lower house.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who was re-appointed to the post on
Wednesday, said that he would sue Slovakia in the European Court of Human
Rights over allegations that he had been an informer for the Communist-era
The Regional Court in Bratislava last February rejected a petition from Mr. Babiš, who argued that he was wrongly listed as an agent of Czechoslovakia’s Communist-era secret police in the records of the Slovak National Memory Institute, which handles historical archives.
Babiš, a Slovak entrepreneur who now has Czech citizenship, maintains that, as an employee of a foreign trade firm, he had met with the secret police, but never pledged to cooperate.
Czech football team defeated Nigeria 1:0 in the last international friendly
match ahead of the World Cup in Russia, which took place in Vienna on
Wednesday. Czechs dominated the first half of the match with the goal
scored by Tomáš Kalaš in the 25th minute of play.
The Czech Republic failed to reach the World Cup, which begins next week. Their campaign to try to qualify for the 2020 European Championships will get underway after the summer.
Prague City Hall will radically reduce the price of public transport costs
for students, deputy mayor Petr Dolínek announced on Wednesday.
As of September 1, students will pay 365 crowns for an annual pass instead of the current 1,200 crowns per six months. The city hall will also introduce shorter intervals on the metro’s B and C lines.