Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will call a second round of a job competition
for a new head of the General Inspectorate of the Security Forces. Only one
candidate entered the first round, which is insufficient to conduct the
The inspectorate’s former director Michal Murín left his post at the end of April following criticism from the prime minister. The inspectorate investigates crimes committed by members of the police.
The Labe River, a busy waterway which connects the cities of Melnik,
Nymburk and Kolin with Berlin and the Baltic Sea has had to be closed to
traffic at Nymburk.
The Czech Water Management Office closed a stretch of the waterway to traffic after an inspection revealed that a footbridge over the river was in a critical state of disrepair and could collapse onto traffic passing under it.
It is not yet clear when the footbridge will be pulled down. There is no alternative waterway.
The Party of Mayors and Independents, which is represented in the Senate,
has said it will push the upper chamber to pass a resolution rejecting the
idea of a law which would enable Czechs to vote on whether to leave the EU
Party leader Petr Gazdík said this would make it clear that the efforts of the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party to get such a law approved and support for the idea from the Communist Party have no chance of leading to fruition. All constitutional laws need to win approval in the Senate.
Foreign Minister Martin Stropnický on Friday handed out Gratias Agit
awards to Czech expatriates and foreigners for promoting the good name of
the Czech Republic abroad.
Among this year’s recipients were three Russians who in 1968 protested against the Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia, paying a high price for their courage and solidarity.
Tatyana Bayeva, Pavel Litvinov and Viktor Fajnberg are the last three surviving protesters of a group of eight who staged a protest on Moscow’s Red Square. They were punished by severe jail sentences or locked up in psychiatric institutions.
Other laureates of the Gratias Agit Awards are physician Watheq Al-Qsous from Jordan who is the chief coordinator of the government’s medical aid program Medevac which has helped thousands of Syrian refugees, Estanislao Kocourek, an architect of Czech origin and the builder of the first high-rise buildings to appear in Buenos Aires and Jiri Šíma one of the leading experts in the field of water management and environmental protection who has been applying his experience in Ethiopia, South Africa and Namibia.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic hit a new low in May, dropping to 3
percent from 3.2 in April, the main Labour Office reported on Friday.
The year-on-year decline is even steeper, down from 4.1 percent. At the end of the month labour offices reported 230,000 unemployed, the lowest number since June 1997.
The unemployment rate has been dropping steadily since February and labour market experts say the trend is likely to continue.
The street art festival Praha Žije Hudbou, which starts on Friday will
offer over 500 performances and 200 artists at more than 50 locations in
Prague over the next two days.
The busking festival, which is in its third year includes music, dance, new circus, and theatre by artists and theatre ensembles such as Cirk La Putyka, Spitfire Company, VerTeDance & Beata Hlavenková, the British duo Heymoonshaker and Lewis Floyd Henry, among others.
The Slovak Supreme Court has rejected a petition from Czech Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš with regard to his ongoing dispute with the Slovak National
Memory Institute over his communist past.
Mr. Babiš argues that he was wrongly listed as an agent of Czechoslovakia’s Communist-era secret police in the institute’s records. A previous complaint by him was rejected by the Regional Court in Bratislava.
Prime Minister Babiš said on Wednesday that he would sue Slovakia in the European Court of Human Rights over the allegations.
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.
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.
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