The Czech Republic received 10.4 billion crowns more from the EU budget
than it paid in dues in the first half of 2018, according to a Czech
Finance Ministry report released on Friday.
It received the equivalent of 32.9 billion crown from the EU budget while contributing 22.5 million.
The country is one of many EU member states that has been receiving more from the EU budget than it contributes.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, is set to meet his counterparts
from the UK, Austria and Estonia in the Austrian city of Salzburg on Friday
afternoon. Mr. Babiš, host Sebastian Kurz and Juri Ratas are expected to
discuss migration and issues surrounding Britain’s departure from the
European Union with Theresa May, who has taken personal charge of Brexit
Friday’s meeting takes place during a music festival in Salzburg and the leaders are due to attend a performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in the evening.
Sparta Prague have a hill to climb if they are to continue in the Europa
League after defeat in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie
against Spartak Subotica. The Czech side lost 2:0 to the Serbian club in
Novi Sad on Thursday. The second leg takes place in a week’s time.
If Sparta do get through, they will take part in the third and final qualifying round for Europe’s second-tier club competition.
The Prague Municipal Court has overturned a measure imposed by the Prague 1
local authority to curb cyclists in city centre pedestrian zones, Czech
Television reported on Thursday. The court upheld a complaint by
pro-cycling association AutoMat and two other plaintiffs. Limits had been
placed on bikes between 10 am and 5 pm on the lower part of Wenceslas
Square, Old Town Square and the square náměstí Republiky.
Some politicians and residents had criticised the move, saying the authorities should support rather than restrict cycling. The Prague 1 town hall said pedestrians had been injured by bikes.
The Ministry of Agriculture has announced plans to tighten the rules on
breeding big cats in the Czech Republic. The move comes in response to
cases of tigers being killed to produce traditional Asian medicines and the
escapes of certain animals.
The minister of agriculture, Miroslav Toman, said on Thursday that recommendations for the size of runs for breeding big cats would now become compulsory, while breeders would be forced to undergo a special course.
Police have charged several people with the wrongful handling of animals over the recently discovered tiger killings.
Hundreds of dead fish have been found in the river Rokytná in Moravský
Krumlov in the Znojmo area in Moravia, a local official told the Czech News
Agency. According to a preliminary analysis the fish died due to a lack of
oxygen in a one-kilometre stretch of the river beneath the local chateau.
The recent hot and dry weather in the Czech Republic is posing a serious danger to aquatic species. Water levels in rivers around the country have fallen and the situation is particularly acute in minor rivers and streams.
Czech Radio denies any wrongdoing after a listener complained about hearing
“pornography” on its Vltava station. The listener called on Facebook
for control bodies to investigate how she and her children had come to hear
references to the male member in a Saturday morning broadcast.
A member of the Czech Radio Council said the head of Vltava would be called to explain the broadcast, Czech Television reported.
For their part, Vltava said the text was not lewd but had come from The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst, a book which had received the prestigious Man Booker Prize.
Lawyer Hana Marvanová says some of the money from a collapsed 1990s
building firm now in the news went to the Social Democrats, who were then
led by the current president, Miloš Zeman. In an interview for DVTV, the
lawyer said the head of H-System, Petr Smetka, had delivered suitcases of
cash to the headquarters of the Social Democrats.
Ms. Marvanová represented clients of the H-System who lost money when the company collapsed. This week a group of victims of Mr. Smetka’s asset-stripping of the company were told they would have to leave their homes after a court ruled the administrator could sell the properties.
A spokesperson for the Social Democrats told iDnes.cz that there was no basis for Ms. Marvanová’s groundless accusations.
President Zeman is among one of many Czech politicians to have criticised the court ruling against the former H-System clients.
The Czech soccer goalkeeper Petr Čech says he intends to stay at his
English club Arsenal. There has been speculation that the 36-year-old could
leave the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal signed the young German goalkeeper
However, the Plzeň-born player says he plans to show new manager Unai Emery that he ought to be in the starting line-up when the season gets underway next month.
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