The Ministry for Regional Development wants to push ahead with plans for
social housing, which previous governments failed to secure, according to
Czech Television. The ministry is preparing an amended bill on social
housing according to which it would be financed both by state and EU funds.
While many NGOs have long criticized the absence of social housing for socially-challenged citizens, others fear that newly built apartments for lower-income families would create new excluded localities.
An outdoor photo exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia
on the premises of the Senate has reopened to the public after its winter
The exhibition in the Valdštejnska gardens shows over 163 large photos documenting various milestones in the country’s development, from Tomas G. Masaryk’s arrival from exile in 1918, through the Nazi occupation, the communist years and the 1989 Velvet Revolution right up to Ester Ledecka’s triumph at the Winter Olympics in 2018.
The exhibition will remain on show in the Senate gardens until May 18 after which it will travel around the country.
The Czech lawyer of alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, whom the Czech
Republic recently extradited to the United States wants to challenge the
decision at the Czech Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human
Lawyer Martin Sadílek said he considers the justice minister’s decision to extradite Nikulin to the US legally shaky since the minister had not given Nikulin a chance to appeal the verdict of the Constitutional Court which rejected his complaint against extradition as „groundless“. The lawyer says that this could open the door to compensation for Nikulin.
Livia Klausová has asked to be released from her post as Czech ambassador
to Slovakia. The news was confirmed by Foreign Ministry spokeswoman
Michaela Lagronová who said Ms Klausova would serve in her post until the
end of April.
The wife of the former Czech president Vaclav Klaus, said she was leaving due to her age and for family reasons. The embassy will be headed by her current deputy Pavel Sladký, until a new ambassador has been appointed.
Police President Tomáš Tuhý has rejected speculation regarding political
pressure on the force from the ANO government led by Andrej Babiš, who is
charged with EU subsidy fraud.
In recent weeks the outgoing government, which failed to win a vote of confidence in the lower house, has effected numerous personal changes at ministerial posts and in state-owned agencies, for which it has been severely criticized by the opposition.
The police president said he had not registered any attempt to pressurize the force and said he firmly believed this would not change.
The three Russian diplomats expelled from the Czech Republic over the
poisoning of a Russian double agent in Britain have until midnight to leave
Moscow took reciprocal action late last week pronouncing three Czech diplomats in Russia personae non gratae. They have been given until April 5 to leave the country.
The Czech Republic has extradited the alleged Russian hacker Yevgeniy
Nikulin to the United States, the Czech Justice Ministry said on Friday.
The ministry said Nikulin had already been flown out.
Justice Minister Robert Pelikan made the decision after the country's top court said it rejected a last-minute appeal from the Russian.
Russia, which had also filed for extradition, on the grounds of petty online theft ,expressed disappointment at the decision saying the Czech Republic had decided in favour of its ally rather than on legal grounds.
On the other hand, during a visit to the Czech Republic last week, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said that the case for extraditing Nikulin to America versus Russia was legally very clear since the country had filed for extredition first and the damage Nikulin allegedly caused in the US was far greater than that in Russia.
The Bohuslav Martinů Centre in the composer’s home town of Polička has
received a collection of close to 100 letters which Martinů sent to his
close friend and compatriot Frank Rybka in the United States.
The collection was donated to the center by Rybka’s descendants and handed over to the Czech ambassador in the United States Hynek Kmoníček.
The center has a unique collection of Bohuslav Martinů scores and over 3,600 artefacts relating to the famous composer’s life. Many others remain scattered around the world since Bohuslav Martinů spent more than half of his life abroad.
The Czech government has earmarked 36 billion crowns in support of science
and technology in 2019, which is 2.1 billion more than this year, the
deputy head of the government council for research, development an
innovation Karel Havlíček told the CTK news agency on Thursday.
The minister stressed the need for better planning in research for the funds to be drawn and used since 6.9 billion crowns from previous funding remain untapped.
Supporting research, development and innovation is a government priority and the cabinet has approved a resolution which should keep funding stable in the future.
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