The head of the Czech Chamber of Commerce has hit out at current prime
minister Andrej Babiš for his stance that state dominated utility ČEZ
should be able to build new nuclear reactors on its own without any help.
Chamber president Vladimír Dlouhý, speaking at an energy conference in Prague, said such a position was pure fiction.
He added that the chamber supports construction of new reactors and that the Czech Republic has advantages, such as developed nuclear know how and companies with relevant experience, which many other countries lacked.
A Czech government energy framework calls for at least one new reactor to be built at the current Dukovany site by at least 2035 when the four current units there are likely to be phased out.
Czech betting company Fortuna saw its profits rise by around 86 percent in
2017 according to preliminary figures released on Thursday.
Profit climbed to around 15.4 billion euros, around 392 million crowns. One of the factors was increased activity on online betting sites. Fortuna also boosted its turnover through the takeover of betting businesses in Romania.
The volume of overall bets rose by 93.1 percent to 2.0 billion euros, around 51 billion crowns.
Turnover in the Czech retail sector was 8.2 percent higher in January
compared with a year earlier, according to the Czech Statistical Office on
Activity was 0.8 percent higher in January compared with December.
Most of the increased turnover was in the food sector, with turnover up 2.3 percent, compared with the non-food sector where the rise was 1.5 percent.
Activity in the Czech construction sector rose by more than a third in
January compared with the same period a year earlier.
The increase came to 33.6 percent compared with January 2017. New planning permits granted increased year-on-year by 1.4 percent with the value of the new permits rising by 20.8 percent. New construction starts were up 23.1 percent compared with a year earlier.
The Czech building sector last year appeared to come out of a long running slump but some sectors, such as civil engineering and infrastructure still appear to be depressed due to the lack of new government and public sector orders.
Czech industrial production rose by 5.5 percent in January, according to
figures released by the Czech Statistical Office. The increase was 0.6
percent compared with Dec ember.
New orders were 3.4 percent higher compared with a year earlier.
The biggest contribution to the production increase was manufacturing of cars, machinery and equipment, and electrical goods.
Swedish film ‘The Deminer’ won the best film award at the One World
festival of human rights documentaries in Prague on Wednesday. The best
direction award went to Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki, for his film ‘Of
Fathers and Sons’.
Wednesday’s award ceremony closed the Prague leg of the 20th edition of the festival, which attracted over 28,000 visitors. The event will now move on to 36 other Czech towns and cities.
About 4,000 people gathered on Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Wednesday
night to demonstrate in support of Czech Television. The event, entitled We
Won’t Give Zeman CT!, was organised in response to a verbal attack by
President Miloš Zeman on the broadcaster and other journalists during his
inauguration speech last Thursday.
The rally started with the participants paying respect to Ján Kuciak, a Slovak investigative journalist, who was most likely murdered for exposing corruption in high office in late February.
Meanwhile, the recently reinstalled head of state is under fire for hosting a concert for his supporters at Prague Castle.
Czech teachers’ gross monthly wage increased to 31,632 crowns last year,
which is an increase by 7.3 percent on the previous year, according to data
released by the Czech Education Ministry on Wednesday.
Over the past five years, teachers’ salaries have increased by 19 percent, which is the most rapid wage growth increase in recent years.
The average gross monthly wage in the Czech Republic increased last year by seven percent to 29,504 crowns.
Outgoing prime minister Andrej Babiš and foreign minister Martin
Stropnický held talks with the UK’s Brexit minister David Davis in
Prague on Wednesday.
Among the topics on their agenda was settling relations with the EU after Britain’s departure from the EU. The ministers also discussed what the future relationship of the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic will look like after Britain has left the EU.
EU leaders are set to hold Brexit negotiations at the EU summit in Brussels next week.
The outgoing government approved a proposed amendment to the civil service
law at its session on Wednesday. Under the proposal, the civil service
should open up to experts from the outside.
The amendment to the civil service law also introduces a new assessment system that would make it easier to remove top officials from their posts.
The government will now ask the European Commission to take an official stand on the proposed changes, acting prime minister Andrej Babiš said after the meeting.
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