Czech lawmakers on Wednesday defeated a proposal to widen an advertising
ban on funeral services to the surroundings of hospitals and social and
The ban was proposed by Christian Democrats who wanted the advertising ban to apply to a half kilometre zone surrounding facilities. Bans on funeral parlours advertising their services already apply to Czech hospitals themselves. The Christian Democrats argue such advertising is unethical and insensitive.
Opponents of the proposal said the move was impractical and would be difficult to police. They added that some hospitals were in any case sited right next door to cemeteries where such ads are allowed.
In football, manager of Sparta Prague Zdeněk Ščasný has said he is not
counting of former national defender Michael Kadlec nor French midfielder
Rio Mavuba in the upcoming season.
The manager though confirmed that Sparta is keen to sign Bohemian 1905’s Ghana striker Benjamin Tetteh.
After their disappointing fifth place in the league last season, Ščasný said he is looking to bring in three or four new players to boost the squad.
Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš has said the communist party has no
problem with strengthened Czech army missions in Mali, Iraq, and
Afghanistan. The ANO leader is seeking support from the communist party for
a possible ANO-Social Democrat coalition government.
Communist party leaders warned they could withdraw their support for such a government if Czech army missions abroad were boosted. The list of problem missions also included participation in a rapid reaction force in the Baltic States. The lower house of parliament is due to discuss the army missions on Friday.
Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš confirmed Wednesday he intends to submit
the composition of his new government to head of state, Miloš Zeman, by
the end of June. That target had previously been set with the aim of
getting a full government in place eight months after elections to
parliament last October.
President Zeman has said he will give the ANO leader a second chance at winning backing for a government regardless of the outcome of an internal party referendum with the Social Democrat party about whether they will join ANO in a coalition. The outcome of that referendum is expected by June 15.
The acting Czech government has approved legislation aimed at reining in
exchange offices that rip off customers. Under the bill it will be possible
to abrogate a transaction and receive one’s money back for a period of up
to two hours. The change was proposed by the Czech National Bank.
The minister of finance in resignation, Alena Schillerová, said it was no secret that the practices of some exchange offices were giving the Czech Republic a bad name.
The minister said tourists might receive only CZK 15 to the euro from some currency exchanges on Prague’s Old Town Square. The standard rate at present is almost CZK 26 to the euro.
Representatives of a number of parties in the lower house say they have not
been surprised by President Miloš Zeman’s announcement that he will
appoint Andrej Babiš of ANO prime minister for the second time soon. He
aims to do so prior to the conclusion of an internal ballot of Social
Democrats on whether they should enter coalition with ANO.
Mr. Babiš himself says that the head of state is merely keeping an earlier promise. Representatives of the Pirate Party and the Christian Democrats say Mr. Zeman’s announcement on Monday is intended to pressure the Social Democrats into backing such a minority government, which the president favours. However, the head of the Social Democrats deputies group, Jan Chvojka, said he did not have the impression this was Mr. Zeman’s design.
If formed, an ANO-Social Democrats coalition would likely be supported by the Communist Party on key lower house votes. This would be the first time the Communists had played a role in government since 1990.
The Pirate Party’s deputy chairman of the lower house, Vojtěch Pikal,
has apologised for his party’s involvement in the approval of Communist
poet Karel Sýs for a state honour. MPs from the Communists, ANO, Freedom
and Direct Democracy, the Social Democrats and the Pirates backed a
proposed list of 28 honours candidates, including Mr. Sýs. Mr. Pikal said
he had failed to look closely at the nominees.
The MP had also come in for criticism for suggesting on social media that WWII RAF airmen had “merely been following orders”. As well as apologising, Mr. Pikal made a donation of CZK 50,000 to an organisation recording the testimonies of victims of the Communists and the Nazis.
Coca-Cola has opened two production lines at Kyje in Prague that will make
plant-based drinks. The dairy-free smoothies will be sold under the brand
AdeZ in 11 European states. Coca-Cola has invested over CZK 300 million in
Speaking at Tuesday’s launch the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, said he was glad that Coca-Cola was investing and paying taxes in the Czech Republic. He also told executives that he looked forward to the company’s adverts every Christmas.
There will be two Czech films in the main competition at this year’s
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organisers announced on Tuesday.
Among the 12 films in contention for the Crystal Globe will be Winter Flies
by the Prague-based Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu and Domestique, the
debut feature from 28-year-old Adam Sedlák.
The country’s biggest film event runs this year from June 29 to July 7. It will be the 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF, which was first held in 1946.
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