Unemployment in the Czech Republic hit a new low in May, dropping to 3
percent from 3.2 in April, the main Labour Office reported on Friday.
The year-on-year decline is even steeper, down from 4.1 percent. At the end of the month labour offices reported 230,000 unemployed, the lowest number since June 1997.
The unemployment rate has been dropping steadily since February and labour market experts say the trend is likely to continue.
The street art festival Praha Žije Hudbou, which starts on Friday will
offer over 500 performances and 200 artists at more than 50 locations in
Prague over the next two days.
The busking festival, which is in its third year includes music, dance, new circus, and theatre by artists and theatre ensembles such as Cirk La Putyka, Spitfire Company, VerTeDance & Beata Hlavenková, the British duo Heymoonshaker and Lewis Floyd Henry, among others.
The Slovak Supreme Court has rejected a petition from Czech Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš with regard to his ongoing dispute with the Slovak National
Memory Institute over his communist past.
Mr. Babiš argues that he was wrongly listed as an agent of Czechoslovakia’s Communist-era secret police in the institute’s records. A previous complaint by him was rejected by the Regional Court in Bratislava.
Prime Minister Babiš said on Wednesday that he would sue Slovakia in the European Court of Human Rights over the allegations.
Babiš, a Slovak entrepreneur who now has Czech citizenship, maintains that, as an employee of a foreign trade firm, he had met with the secret police, but never pledged to cooperate.
The Czech anti-drug policy is among the most effective in the EU in spite
of a lower funding, the head of the National Monitoring Centre for Drugs
and Addiction Viktor Mravčík told journalists on Thursday in reaction to
a report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
Mravčík said that despite relatively low funding in this area the Czech Republic is successful in preventing infections and has the lowest hepatitis C infection rate among addicts in Europe. This is due to the high availability of disposable needles.
However he said that the network of treatment facilities in the country is insufficient and help is not always available to those who want to overcome their addiction.
May was the hottest month in the Czech Republic since 1811, the Czech
Hydro-meteorological Institute reported on Thursday. The average monthly
temperature was 19.6 degrees Celsius.
And the average temperatures from May and June together are the highest since monitoring started in the Czech lands back in 1752.
Young Czechs remain at the top of the European ladder in the use of soft or
party drugs, according to a report by the European Centre for Drugs and
Thirty-seven percent of Czechs in the 15 to 16 age bracket said they smoked ‘pot,’ at least once, which is the highest figure in that age group across Europe.
In the 15 to 34 age group, 19.4 percent of Czechs said they had smoked marihuana at least once in the past 12 months, which ranked them third behind Italian and French respondents in the same age category.
Czechs also ranked high as regards the use of the party drug Ecstasy.
The police is investigating a case of vandalism at the memorial in Lety,
the site of a former concentration camp for Romanies during WWII.
Unknown perpetrators fixed plaques with hate messages on the memorial erected to the hundreds of Romanies who died there. One of the messages read that the memorial is in commemoration of “the last Romanies who ever worked on Czech territory”.
The web site Romea.cz which reported the vandalism claims it is the work of the nationalist grouping My proti vsem, which has been vocal in criticizing the amount of money that has been spent by the government to buy out a pig farm standing close to the site, so that the memorial would be in dignified surroundings.
Ministries and other state institutions are to receive a set on guidelines
on how to deal with sexual harassment at the work place, the ctk news
agency reported. The guidelines should be distributed to these institutions
within the next twelve months.
A survey at several ministries revealed that sexual harassment at the workplace is a problem in state administration and that in 90 percent of the cases the victims are women who generally complained of improper conduct by their superiors.
The European Commission has criticized a government proposed amendment to
the civil service law, Czech Radio reported on Thursday.
Its flagship news station Radiožurnal said the European Commission had sent the Interior Ministry a letter expressing grave concern over some of the amendments proposed.
These concern predominantly conditions which would make it easier to sack civil servants in managerial and regular posts on the grounds of an “adequate” performance assessment or two negative evaluations made within the space of 40 days.
The government previously claimed that the European Commission had no reservations to the proposed changes. The amendment is currently being debated in the lower house.
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