The Czech Republic and Poland see no reason why V4 countries should take a
coordinated stand towards the United Nations migration pact, Czech Foreign
Minister Tomáš Petříček and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz
said after a meeting in Warsaw on Thursday.
The Czech Republic and Poland want to join Hungary in withdrawing from the non-binding Global Compact on Migration, which was approved by 191 UN member states in July. Slovakia has not rejected the agreement so far.
Mr. Petříček has also said he wants to cooperate with like-minded countries in finding solutions for migration.
The European Commission has called on the Czech Republic to bring its
national air quality legislation in line with European norms.
According to the Commission, the Czech Republic has not effectively enacted
provisions relating to limit values of air pollution and some do not follow
the European Air Quality Directive definition.
The Czech Republic has two months to reply to the European Commission’s letter of formal notice.
The notice was published within a monthly package of infringement decisions, in which the Commission pursues legal action against member states for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.
Amazon subsidiary AbeBooks, the largest online marketplace for rare and
second-hand books, has cancelled its decision to withdraw from the Czech
Republic and several other countries, following protests by booksellers
from around the world.
AbeBooks announced last month it would no longer support book dealers in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Russia and South Korea, saying that their third-party payment service provider was closing at the end of the year.
In reaction to the announcement, more than 450 antiquarian booksellers from around 26 countries pulled their books off the website in solidarity with those affected.
With an average of 909,000 readers, the tabloid Blesk remains to be the most-read Czech daily, suggest a survey by the Czech Publishers’ Association released on Thursday. Blesk is followed by Mladá fronta Dnes with around 556,000 readers and the left-wing Právo with 240,000 readers. The survey also found that 89 percent of the people aged between 12 and 79 read at least one daily newspaper over a two-week period.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic dropped to 2.8 percent in October, which
is the lowest point since June 1997, the Czech Labour Office announced on
The number of people without work was around 215.622, while the number of vacancies grew to nearly 316,900. Last October, unemployment stood at 3.6 percent.
Meanwhile, the number of long-term unemployed dropped by 7.6 percent year-on-year, to 29.9 percent (of the total number of unemployed).
The European Commission has confirmed a slowdown in Czech economic growth.
The Commission’s newly released macro-economic forecast sees GDP growth
falling to 3 percent this year. In 2017 Czech economic growth stood at 4.3
The growth is expected to be driven mainly by growing domestic demand. According to the prognosis, Czech GDP should be at around 2.9 percent in 2019 and 2.6 percent in 2020.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) said following a meeting Wednesday with
UK-based steelmaker Liberty House’s owner that he wants the company to
submit in writing its plans for the ArcelorMittal Ostrava (AMO) steelworks.
Liberty House has said it plans to invest over €150mn in the next five years into ArcelorMittal Ostrava so as to improve the quality of the plant's hot rolled coil and produce higher-grade rod.
Owner Sanjeev Gupta on Wednesday confirmed intentions to boost production and along with it eventually hire more workers, the ČTK news agency reported.
But Czech unions claim the UK company’s plan for the Ostrava plant is unsustainable and inconsistent with EU requirements. Last week, Mr Babiš sent a letter to EU Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestager calling on Brussels to review the sale.
A new global record in Sudoku speed was set in Prague on Wednesday at the
ongoing World Sudoku Championship.
Chinese woman Shi-jao Wang was able to fill in an 81-field chart in just 54.44 seconds. She bested the time of the current world record holder, Jakub Ondroušek of the Czech Republic, set in 2010, of 1 minute 25 seconds.
The World Sudoku Championship, an annual international puzzle competition held by a member of the World Puzzle Federation, began on Monday and continues until Saturday.
The competition typically consists of 100 or more puzzles, including classic Sudoku, solved by all competitors over multiple timed rounds, followed by a playoff for the top qualifiers to determine a champion.
The Czech Republic plans to borrow 11.5 billion crowns from the European
Investment Bank (EIB) to modernise eight railway corridors.
The government will and allocate the same amount towards the project from the national budget. The exact amount of the EIB loan, which will be dispersed in tranches from 2019 through 2025, has not been set.
In total, the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure plans on allocating some 86 billion crowns towards improving the country’s infrastructure next year, with 20.8 billion crowns coming from EU programmes.
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