Notaries who want to work in the Czech Republic will no longer have to have
Czech citizenship, but can come from any EU member state, under an
amendment to the notary code signed into law by President Milos Zeman.
The Justice Ministry prepared the amendment in response to a ruling by the European Court of Justice, which said the Czech citizenship condition for notaries was at variance with the agreement on freedom of movement for workers.
However, notaries who would like to work in the Czech Republic will still have to graduate from a Czech faculty of law, pass a notary exam in Czech and have good command of the language.
Czech ski resorts are in operation despite the thaw, offering visitors good
conditions for both cross-country and downhill skiing, the CTK news agency
reported on Friday.
Thanks to both natural and artificial snow most ski tracks are covered by around 70 cms of snow and resorts are quickly filling up for the New Year celebrations.
The biggest Czech ski resort at Spindleruv Mlyn and the well-known Černá hora and Pec pod Sněžkou in the Krkonoše Mountains offer visitors tens of kilometres of maintained trails and numerous side activities for children.
The deputy head of the Council for Research, Development and Innovation,
Karel Havlíček, has criticized the authorities for presenting the country
abroad as a land of beer and crystal glass, arguing that the future lies in
In an interview for the CTK news agency Havlíček said the government should make better use of European funds in advancing technological development and promote the country’s successes in the field better.
Who knows that the Czech Republic has over 500 experts working in the field of artificial intelligence, Havlíček says arguing that video spots advertising the Czech Republic as a land of beer and ceramics are hopelessly outlived and the money spent on them is wasted.
Super welterweight Lukáš Konečný, widely considered to be the most
successful Czech boxer in modern history, won his comeback fight in Prague
on Thursday evening, beating his Slovak opponent Matúš Babiak by
Konečný, who turned 40 in July, once held the WBO interim, European and European Union light-middleweight titles. Four years ago, he also challenged for a middleweight world title in what would be his final fight until his comeback match this week.
The Czech boxer, whose record now stands at 51 wins, 5 losses, and 20 knockouts said that despite Thursday’s win, he does not intend to return to the ring again.
The Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS) has cancelled a 250
million crown tender to provide 4x4 drive passenger cars to the police.
The anti-monopoly office ruled that the tender requirements set by the Ministry of the Interior unfairly favoured Škoda Auto against other bidders. The office had acted on a complaint filed by an importer of Hyundai brand vehicles from South Korea.
Ministry spokesman Ondřej Krátošek told the daily E15 that the central contracting authority would not oppose the decision. But he said launching a new tender would negatively impact operations of the police, as their fleet of vehicles is aging.
According to E15, the initial tender set requirements that specified interior dimensions of the cars that only Škoda Auto, a Czech subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, could meet.
Police in western Bohemia say an 88-year-old tourist from Germany who had
gone missing in the spa town of Mariánské Lázně has been found.
The woman had been reported as missing on Wednesday, after she did not return to the Hvězda Hotel from a walk on the historic colonnade.
Police said she was in good health but did not provide further details.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (Ano) stressed at a meeting with Chinese
Ambassador Zhang Jianmin ahead of the Christmas holidays that his
government did not in fact favour banning the use of mobile phones made by
Huawei and ZTE, the daily Denik N reports.
On December 17, the National Bureau for Cyber Security and Information (NÚKIB) argued using technology made by those Chinese companies could undermine state security.
Mr Babiš announced on December 19 that employees of the Government Office (Úřad vlády) would be banned from using the Chinese products. Several ministries later followed suit.
According to Denik N, however, Mr Babiš told the Chinese Ambassador to Prague that this was not the government’s official position, and a few days after announcing the partial ban, he rescinded it, saying such a move was hasty and had no technical basis.
In a press release dated December 24, the Chinese embassy said Mr Babiš had apologised for the initial decision to impose a partial ban and stressed the positive development of Czech-Sino economic cooperation.
Opposition politicians have said the position taken by the Czech prime minister was irresponsible, with one accusing him of being servile to China.
About two hundred admirers of Karel Čapek met at his grave in Prague this
Christmas Day, the 80th anniversary of the writer’s death.
Best known as a science fiction author, Karel Čapek was a writer of great scope, whom many classify alongside Aldous Huxley and George Orwell.
Academic Martin C. Putna, a principal spokesman of the Čapek Brothers Society, delivered a speech based on the writer’s work Apocryphal Tales, highlighting the writer's idea that every man is a "spark of good", and talking about the dangers of extremism.
While Karel is buried at the Vyšehrad cemetery, his brother Josef Čapek, a celebrated cubist painter as well as a writer, died in the Belsen concentration camp.
Karel Čapek's funeral on December 29, 1938 in Vyšehrad became a public demonstration. The Čapek Brothers Society was established in 1947.
A newborn boy placed in a babybox the Prague 6 City Hall early on Thursday
morning has been given the name Filip.
Ludvik Hess, founder of the Czech babybox network, said Filip is the 180th infant to have been placed in a babybox in the Czech Republic in the past 13 years. There are currently 76 babyboxes in the country.
Critics say babyboxes violate the child’s right to know its identity, nationality, and birth parents, as established under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Advocates of babyboxes maintain that the practice prevents infanticide and late-term abortion.
The Czechs have won their first match in the 2019 World Junior
Championship, beating the Swiss team by 2-1.
The decisive goal by David Kvasnička came just shy of a minute into overtime play.
The Czechs have a day off before taking on Russia on Friday.
The Swiss, meanwhile, on Thursday play Canada, hosts of the U-20 Ice Hockey World Cup in Vancouver.
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