Czech senators have supported EU proposal to ban single-use plastic
products, such as straws and cotton swabs, which can be replaced by
financially affordable products made from other materials. After a long
debate, senators have also approved lowering consumption of single use
plastic cups and food containers.
The European Commission has recently proposed banning single-use plastic products and putting the burden of cleaning up waste on manufacturers in an attempt to reduce marine litter worldwide.
The proposal, which needs to be approved by all EU member states, also requires them to collect 90 percent of single-use plastic drink bottles by 2025 and manufacturers to help cover costs of waste management and clean-up.
Over 85 percent of Czech households sort waste regularly, separating
plastic, paper and glass, according to a survey carried out by the NGO
Ecobat, which provides services in battery collection and recycling.
Compared to 2016, Czechs have also improved in sorting milk cartons, batteries and other hazardous waste. However, they are still lagging behind when it comes to separating bio-waste and used oil.
The survey also suggests that people in Prague sort waste less frequently than people in other parts of the country.
A Czech truck driver who survived the disastrous collapse of a bridge in
Italy’s Genoa will remain in hospital for five to seven days.
The 46-year-old man, who works for the Prague-based haulage company SPED-IT, has a broken nose, several broken ribs and bruised lungs, but is otherwise in a good condition.
At least 42 people were killed after the elevated motorway collapsed, with some vehicles plunging up to 90 metres to the ground below.
Czech dependence on exports to EU keeps increasing despite the government’s efforts to diversify. According to the latest figures released by the Czech Statistics Office on Wednesday, some 84.2 percent of Czech exports go to other EU countries, a year-on-year increase by nearly one percentage point. Exports to North America and Asia, on the other hand, have dropped.
Around 1,300 people left on a special train from Prague to Romania on
Tuesday evening to take part in the annual music festival in Banát in the
south-west of the country, which gets underway on Wednesday evening.
The festival was established to raise money in support of the local Czech community. Over 30 Czech bands and musicians are set to perform in the seventh edition of the event, which takes place in the village of Eibenthal.
The Czech community settled in Banát in the 1920s. Today there are around 2,000 Czechs living in the rural area.
In tennis, Petra Kvitová has advanced to the third round of Cincinnati
Open after beating Serena Williams 6:3, 2:6 a 6:3. It is the second time
that the 28-year-old has beaten the U.S. player in her career. She is set
to face Kristina Mladenovic of France in the next round.
Another Czech, Karolína Plíšková has scored her first win over Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, knocking her out 6:3, 6:3 to advance to the second round.
MP Jan Birke of the Social Democrats has apologised to representatives of
the Chinese embassy in Prague after the cancellation of an unofficial visit
by Czech deputies to China. The group of politicians had been due to visit
the country at the invitation of Beijing at the end of August before a
number announced they were dropping out.
In the end only three were still willing to go, which Mr. Birke described as nonsensical and undignified. He said, however, that a similar visit would take place before the end of the year.
Slavia Prague have failed to reach the group stage of football’s
Champions League after losing to Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday evening. The Czech
side were beaten 2:0 on the night following a 1:1 draw in Prague last week
for a 3:1 aggregate defeat.
The result in Ukraine was Slavia’s first defeat of the season. The last time they reached the group stage of the Champions League, Europe’s top international club competition, was 2007.
A Czech truck driver survived a disaster in Italy’s Genoa on Tuesday when
a long section of the city’s Morandi motorway bridge collapsed, Czech
The man, who works for the Prague-based haulage company SPED-IT, was communicating with doctors, a representative of the firm said on Tuesday afternoon. More details regarding how the driver survived or his state of health have not been released.
At least 30 people were killed when the bridge collapsed, with some vehicles falling up to 90 metres to the ground below.