The newly-appointed justice minister Jan Kněžínek has been appointed the
head of the government’s Legislative Council, the government’s press
department said on Wednesday.
Charles University professor Kněžínek, who served as a deputy head of the Legislative Council, replaced Taťána Malá in the post of justice minister last week, following allegations that she plagiarised parts of her university thesis.
The Legislative Council serves as an advisory body for the government’s legislative work.
Czech hockey player Tomáš Nosek has agreed to a new one-year deal with
NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights worth 962,500 US dollars.
In signing the deal, the 25-year-old forward avoids an arbitration hearing that was set for July 30. Last season, Nosek scored seven goals and eight assist in 67 games with the Golden Knights.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has sent an open letter to his Czech
counterpart Andrej Babiš, who refused to take any of the 450 migrants
rescued by Italy at the weekend, calling the Italian approach to
immigration a “road to hell”.
According to Reuters, Conte said Rome had the “high road of legality and shared responsibility”, adding “those who set foot in a European country, set foot in Europe”. The Italian Prime Minister has also invited his Czech counterpart to Rome to discuss the migration crisis.
The Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody signed deals to sell 22 of
its new L-39NG and L-39CW planes at an air industry trade fair in the UK on
Tuesday, a spokesperson said.
The company is set to sell 10 planes to Portugal’s SkyTech and 12 to RSW Aviation, which is one of the biggest suppliers of military training services in the US and around the world.
One of the Czech Republic’s biggest music festivals, Colours of Ostrava,
gets underway on Wednesday. The event will run until Saturday. Artists
appearing at the festival, which takes place at a former steel works in the
eastern city, include NERD, Grace Jones, George Ezra and Jessie J.
Organisers said earlier this week that it was almost sold out.
Running alongside Colours of Ostrava is Melting Pot, a discussion forum that will feature over 100 speakers, including well-known writers, scientists and economists.
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.
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