Prague is hosting the 70th worldwide assembly and international conference
of the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP).
The international NGO was established 70 years ago in Prague with the aim to defend and promote the rights of children to education and care worldwide and currently operates in 70 countries.
The conference, which gets underway on Wednesday, will focus on topics such as inclusive education, family support and play-based learning.
The ministries of transport, health and environment should be more involved
in Czech economic diplomacy in the future, deputy foreign minister Miloslav
Stašek said at an annual meeting of economic diplomats in Prague on
The main goal of Czech economic diplomacy is to facilitate the mutual contact of Czech and foreign companies and create favourable conditions for Czech exports, he said.
This year, around 60 million Czech crowns (approximately 2.4 million euros) have been allocated for such projects.
The private Czech train and bus operator Leo Express has announced the
launch of a new railway link from Prague to Warsaw. In a press release on
Monday, the company said the twice-a-week connection would be in operation
as of July 20.
According to the news website e15.cz, Leo Express paid around 15 million crowns to enter the Polish market and has become the first private operator on the Polish railways.
President Miloš Zeman has met with several prospective ministers nominated
by both ANO and the Social Democrats, who are set to form a two-party
minority coalition backed by the Communists.
The candidates who met with President Zeman on Monday include slated industry and trade minister Marta Nováková, labour minister candidate Petr Krčál, culture minister nominee Antonín Staněk and Taťána Malá, the ANO party’s nominee for justice minister.
ANO leader and prime minister designate Andrej Babiš has presented
President Miloš Zeman with an official list of nominees for his second
cabinet, formed together with the Social Democratic Party.
The list includes the Social Democrats’ nominee for the foreign affairs portfolio, Miroslav Poche, to whom the president has serious reservations. The Communists are also against his appointment.
Mr. Zeman is due to name the new government on Wednesday morning. According to Mr. Babiš it could undergo a vote of confidence in the lower house on July 11.
Confidence in the Czech economy rose in June with the main index increasing
by 0.8 points to 100 points compared with May’s score, according to data
released by the Czech Statistics Office on Monday.
Confidence among entrepreneurs was up by 1.2 points to 97.4 points, while consumer confidence dropped by 0.8 percent month-on-month to 113 points.
Compared to figures from this time last year, the overall indicator is up by nearly three points.
Czech men’s number one singles player Tomáš Berdych has dropped out of
the top 20 rankings for the first time since 2010, following a series of
defeats and prolonged health problems. The 32-year-old Czech is currently
ranked 23rd in the ATP rankings.
Berdych might also drop out of the top 50, due to persistent back pain which forced him to pull out of Wimbledon. The Czech number one reached his only Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2010, losing to Rafael Nadal, and has been a semi-finalist for the last two years.
A six-year legal case involving former health minister and regional
governor David Rath should reach a conclusion on Wednesday when a
first-instance verdict is delivered by the Regional Court in Prague, Czech
Television reported. Last week Mr. Rath’s final attempt to have the case
moved to another court was rejected by Supreme Court judges.
Three years ago the Prague Regional Court sentenced Mr. Rath to eight and a half years in jail for allegedly taking kick-backs to rig public contracts. However, he was freed by an appeals court, which ruled that wiretaps used to prosecute him were inadmissible. The Supreme Court subsequently ruled such that recordings could be used as evidence.
Petra Kvitová has won her fifth tennis title of the season. The Czech
player came from behind to defeat Magdaléna Rybáriková of Slovakia 4-6
6-1 6-2 on Sunday to lift the title at the Birmingham Classic in the UK.
Kvitová did not drop a set on her route to the final in Birmingham, where
she also took last year’s trophy.
The two-time Wimbledon winner suffered a terrible hand injury when she was stabbed in late 2016 but has made an impressive recovery and is now ranked eighth in the world.