Former prime ministers Bohuslav Sobotka and Jiří Rusnok, as well as
former industry minister Miroslav Grégr have been questioned by a
parliamentary committee investigating the privatization of the OKD coal
Bohuslav Sobotka was finance minister at the time of its privatization and he in particular has been a target of criticism for the controversial sell-off of state shares in the company. The company was acquired by the firm Karbon Invest in 2004 and later sold to billionaire businessman Zdeněk Bakala. It later went bankrupt.
Sobotka said the sale to Karbon Invest had been perfectly in order, adding that he was later taken aback by the re-sale of the company to Bakala.
A lone wolf was captured on camera in the National Park of the Krkonoše
mountains, environmentalists report. They say this is further proof of the
fact that wolves may be returning to the area after 150 years.
The head of the park Jiří Flousek says that so far there appears to be evidence of migrating individuals, who are crossing the border from Poland. Wolves disappeared from Czech territory in the mid-19th century.
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.
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