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.
President Miloš Zeman is to hold talks with Foreign Minister Martin
Stropnický at Prague Castle on Thursday.
The meeting is likely to be dominated by the Czech Republic’s response to the poisoning of a Russian double agent and his daughter in Great Britain, over which the country is expelling three Russian diplomats.
The Czech Republic was directly drawn into the dispute after Russia denied responsibility for the attack and suggested the nerve agent could have been produced in the Czech Republic or a number of other states.
President Zeman stirred controversy on the home front by commissioning the country’s intelligence services to check out the claim, after Prime Minister Andrej Babiš had publicly rejected it as a lie.
The new head of the government agency CzechInvest Silvana Jiriotková has
said the country must in future prioritize foreign investment that will
bring added value and 4.0 technology to the Czech Republic, rather than
just job opportunities.
Jirotková said she was working on a new strategy in which CzechInvest would focus on three groups of clients –foreign investors, Czech small and medium-sized companies and start-ups, which it would try to link-up and create new synergies.
She said she was also planning organizational changes in the agency.
One of the Czech Republic’s flagship engineering companies, Vítkovice
Engineering, has let go more than 550 employees, general director Bohuslav
Fajmon told the Czech News Agency on Thursday.
Many of the employees have reacted by handing in their notice on the
grounds of not receiving their wages since January this year.
The company, which employs around 600 people in and around Ostrava, filed for insolvency proceedings earlier this month.
Vítkovice Engineering appeared to be lined up for a lifeline from the arms company of Czech businessman Jaroslav Strnad. However, he later decided to invest in another part of the Vítkovice Group, Vítkovice Heavy Engineering.
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