The price of petrol and diesel is rising and is now at its most expensive
since 2015, the ctk news agency reports.
The price of petrol has now reached 32.23 crowns per litre on average and analysts predict it could reach 34 crowns per litre in the course of the summer.
The price of crude oil has been rising due to a growing global demand and the crown is weaker against the dollar than expected.
The Czech Republic will seek to bring around 2,000 Ukrainian care-givers to
the Czech Republic under a special project, the Minister of Labour and
Social Affairs Jaroslava Němcová told journalists on Monday.
Social services in the Czech Republic have been struggling to deal with a lack of caregivers in old-age homes and institutions for disabled people. Němcová said other areas of the economy would also benefit from facilitating the process of issuing work permits for Ukrainians willing to fill the growing number of vacancies on the job market.
There are currently over 374,000 foreigners working in the country, of those 70,000 are Ukrainian nationals.
It is in the vital interest of EU member states to stick together and
improve the workings of the European Union, EU Commissioner for Justice,
Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová has stressed.
Addressing a conference titled Challenges for Europe organized by the Prague-based Institute for Politics and Society, Jourova said the European Commission should have a decisive word in fewer areas and secure better cooperation in areas where a joint policy was essential.
She also noted that European politicians should do a better job in explaining EC decisions to the public.
Regarding the Czech Republic’s role in the EU Jourova said Prague should be more active in defending its position and putting forward new proposals and should not try to stick at all costs with Hungary and Poland who have been criticized by the European Commission for failing to respect the principles of liberal democracy.
An internal referendum of the Social Democrats on whether to take part in a
coalition government with ANO gets underway on Monday. The referendum,
which will run until June 14, will be valid if at least a quarter of the
party membership takes part. The results will be published on June 15.
The Social Democrats last week announced the names of the party’s nominees for the five portfolios the Social Democrats should get in the cabinet. The names included party leader Jan Hamáček, who should head the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The party also insists on Miroslav Poche’s candidature for the post of foreign minister, despite president Zeman’s disapproval.
The Social Democrats have been deeply divided about forming a government with ANO leader Andrej Babiš, who is facing criminal charges for alleged EU subsidy fraud, and the result of the referendum is expected to be tight.
Michal Berg from the Czech Republic’s Green Party has become a member of
the European Green Party leadership. He was elected to the post at the
party ’s council meeting in Belgium’s Antwerp on Sunday.
The 37-year-old IT businessman has joined the Green Party in 2010 and later became its vice-chairman. After his election e said he wanted to promote green policies across Europe and help bring European Greens together.
The Czech Republic’s Martin Fuksa has won another gold at the Canoe Sprint World Championships event in Hungary’s Szeged. A day after picking up gold in the 1,000 metres, Fuksa topped the podium in the 500 metres on Sunday. The 25-year old Czech finished more than half a second ahead of Oleg Tarnovschi of Moldova.
Number of Czech internet stores accepting Bitcoins for payments has
increased tenfold over the past four years to around 1,000, the Czech News
agency reported on Sunday.
Among the shops that started accepting the digital currency is Czech largest online retailer Alza, which has also installed a Bitcoin ATM in two of its showrooms. Last year, the Comfort Finance Group CFG established the first Czech cryptocurrency fund.
Hundreds of politicians and members of the public attended the annual
commemorative ceremony in Terezín, the site of a former Nazi concentration
camp and the Gestapo prison during WWII.
Speaking at the gathering, marking the camp's liberation, chairman of the lower house Radek Vondráček said we cannot allow history to repeat itself and we cannot permit its misinterpretation.
Between 1940 and 1945, more than 150,000 people, mostly Jews, passed through the Terezín ghetto on their way to Nazi extermination camps; 117,000 of them did not live to see the end of the war.
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