The prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš, will next week inform
President Miloš Zeman about his ongoing efforts to form a new government,
the latter’s spokesperson, Jiří Ovčáček, said on Tuesday. Mr.
Ovčáček said that Mr. Zeman would not issue the ANO leader with a
deadline to create a cabinet soon, adding that he had plenty of time until
Mr. Babiš, whose first attempt to form a government ended after a failed confidence vote, said last week that he would try to accelerate the process. He is due to meet representatives of the Communists, Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Social Democrats on Thursday.
The leader of the Civic Democrats said he regarded an invitation to speak to ANO as nothing but an instrument to exert pressure on other potential coalition parties.
The Constitutional Court has postponed the enforceability of a decision on
the extradition of alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin to the United
States or Russia, until the court reaches a decision on his appeal, the ctk
news agency reported on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Constitutional Court
said it was not clear how long the ruling could take.
Yevgeny Nikulin lodged a constitutional appeal against a ruling by the Supreme Court allowing his extradition to the United States and against his continued remand in custody in the Czech Republic. Both the US and Russia are seeking his extradition.
In the US he is supected of hacking computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox, while the Russian authorities have charged him with Internet theft.
It recently emerged that President Zeman had repeatedly lobbied for Nikulin’s extradition to Russia. A final decision is to be made by the Czech justice minister.
The Czech Pen Club has slammed President Zeman for attacking the media in
his inauguration speech last week and is demanding an apology from the
Czech head of state.
In a statement sent to the CTK news agency the Pen Club says the president’s claim that certain media, including Czech public television, attempted to manipulate public opinion amounted to an attack on press freedom.
Mr. Zeman had no proof for his claim, he was merely inciting hatred towards journalists and he should apologize for his words, the statement says.
The UK-based retailer Marks & Spencer is staying in the Czech Republic
despite a slide in profit last year. According to the company’s annual
report its profit in the Czech Republic was down by a half, to 21 million
crowns. Sales remained at 1.7 billion.
Last year the chain introduced e-sales, which are extremely popular in this country. The chain store has already withdrawn from Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia over low profit.
In the Czech Republic Marks & Spencer has 13 stores and employs some 460 people.
Police have charged two employees of Prague Waterworks with endangering
public health through negligence in connection with contaminated tap water
supplied to the Dejvice and Bubeneč districts of Prague in 2015.
Over 4,000 people suffered health problems as a result, 33 of them had to be hospitalized. Hygiene officers ordered a blanket vaccination of children under 15 against Hepatitis A.
The men reportedly caused the contamination by failing to adhere to regulations when reconnecting water pipes to the system following maintenance. The delay in filing charges is attributed to the need for various expert assessments.
The head of China’s Energy giant CEFC and special advisor to Czech
President Miloš Zeman, Ye Jianming, was arrested in mid-February and is
being investigated for economic crimes, according to the news site
The news site says that the CEO’s arrest was confirmed to a group of Czech state officials who travelled to China to ascertain the situation.
The South China Morning Post recently reported that the management of CEFC China Energy had been taken over by the state agency Shanghai Guosheng Group. CEFC is active in the Czech Republic where it has assets worth 1.5 billion euros.
A spokesman for the president said Mr. Zeman had received the Chinese ambassador to Prague to discuss the situation.
Leading Czech scientists and physicians have appealed to lawmakers not to
allow any exemptions from the strict pan-European norms on pollution that
should come into force in 2021.
Individual countries will have the right to ask for a number of exemptions and Czech environmentalists say they have “signals” that coal power plants and other big polluters will try to get them.
In an appeal to the lower house of Parliament the group of scientists and physicians points out that 60 percent of Czechs live in regions where pollution norms are frequently exceeded and 11,000 people a year die of related health problems.
They have appealed for exemptions to the strict EU environment norms to be prohibited by law.
The government aims to review the financing policy of state and semi-state
owned companies with regard to the salaries and bonuses paid to their
Finance Minister Alena Schillerová told Právo that the Finance Ministry would look into the matter as soon as possible focussing in particular on the policy of excessive golden handshakes that CEOs receive without any regard to their performance.
A state company should be given a clear road map and the CEO should receive bonuses according to the results achieved, Schillerová said.
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