A number of people were trapped when part of a building collapsed in
central Prague on Tuesday morning. Three people were freed from the
building on Mikulandská St., which is just off Národní, and were given
medical care. One was placed in an artificial coma. Two workers were said
to have medium severity injuries.
It was reported on Tuesday afternoon that more people may still be under the rubble in the building, which has been undergoing renovation work.
The Czech minister of labour and social affairs, Petr Krčál, has
announced his resignation, only weeks after being appointed. The news came
a day after reports that the Social Democrat politician had plagiarised a
major part of his university thesis.
The leader of the Social Democrats, Jan Hamáček, said Mr. Krčál would be replaced by Jana Maláčová, a senior official at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
Earlier this month ANO appointee Taťána Malá stood down as minister of justice after also facing accusations of plagiarism during her student career.
Sparta Prague football club have completed the signing of the Ghanaian
player Benjamin Tetteh from Bohemians 1905. The striker, who is 20, has
been training with Sparta since the middle of last month. He has signed a
four-year deal with the country’s richest club.
Tetteh began his career in Europe with Belgium’s Standard Liege and also had a loan spell at the Czech club Slovácko.
Under new European rules the billionaire Czech prime minister, Andrej
Babiš of ANO, will have to prove that he does not control the trust fund
in which he last year placed the company Agrofert, the news website
Earlier this month the European Parliament rubberstamped new conflict of interest regulations that bars senior politicians from receiving subsidies.
If Mr. Babiš failed to show distance between him and the trust fund either he would have to stand down or Agrofert would miss out on grants, Neovlivni.cz said.
A spokesman said the new rules should not affect Agrofert as the prime minister is neither the owner of the trust fund nor the person who controls it.
Government leaders ANO have a new head of the party’s ticket for local
elections this autumn. Businessman Petr Stuchlík will lead ANO’s
campaign in the city. He replaces the original nominee Patrik Nacher, who
will now be second on the party’s candidate list.
The current ANO mayor of Prague, Adriana Krnáčová, is not standing again. Mr. Stuchlík’s candidature must now be approved by the party’s executive committee.
Wages on the World Cup football championship recorded by Czech betting
agencies reached a record-breaking CZK2.5bn (€97mn), surpassing the
amount bet on EURO 2016 matches by CZK600mn.
Czech bookmakers lost money on the final France-Croatia match but were otherwise well in the black. The agencies Tipsport and Fortuna accounted for a roughly equal share of 92% of all accepted bets.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría is in Prague on Monday for an official
visit, during which he presented the 2018 OECD Economic Survey and the
Environmental Performance Review of the Czech Republic.
According to the OECD, the Czech economy is thriving, marked by robust employment, expanding exports and falling government debt. Efforts should now focus on boosting workforce skills and innovation to improve labour supply and productivity, further reduce poverty and inequality, and to “green” the economy, it said.
Czech GDP should grow 3.8% this year, according to the OECD, mainly driven by strong demand stemming from rising salaries and export growth. Next year, GDP growth should slow to 3.2%. The OECD warned that Czech property prices – the highest in the EU last year compared to wages – represent a risk to the stability of the economy. It also recommended reducing the overall tax burden.