The Czech Republic will reinforce its police presence in Serbia by another
five men, Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamáček said after meeting his
Serbian counterpart Nebojsa Stefanovic in Belgrade on Thursday.
Czech police have been assisting Serbia in guarding its border with Bulgaria since 2016 as part of an ongoing operation to fight illegal migration. As of this June, there will be 20 Czech policemen helping to secure Serbia’s border.
Czech foreign police detained a truck in the Vysočina region carrying 13
migrants, including several small children, spokesman for the Police
Presidium told the Czech News Agency on Thursday. The nationality of the
migrants has not been revealed.
The truck with a British car license plate was driven by a Lithuanian national. According to the police he has been arrested and faces charges of smuggling. The operation was carried out through a combined international effort.
Czech car maker Škoda Auto sold 307,600 cars in the first quarter of 2019,
which is 2.9 percent less than in the same period last year. The drop in
sales is mainly caused by a decline in demand on the Chinese market.
At the same time, the company increased its global market share by 3.3 percent over the same period, recording particularly strong growth in Western Europe and Russia. Škoda expects to increase sales again with its latest model Scala ready to hit the market later this month.
The number of visitors to Czech ski resorts increased by three percent this
year compared to the last winter season, according to data released by the
Association of Czech Ski Resorts and Czech Tourism on Thursday. The
revenues of Czech ski centres rose by around five percent.
This year’s winter season was four days shorter than the last one, lasting on average 109 days. According to the head of the Association of Czech Ski Resorts, Libor Knot, the last three winter seasons were among of the most successful in recent history. Ahead of the next winter season, operators plan to invest up to 800 million crowns.
The country’s special anti-corruption police unit, known as Kobra,
prevented tax evasion worth 2.5 billion crowns last year, a spokeswoman of
the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
The team, operating under the anti-corruption police, consists of experts from the police and the financial and customs authorities. It was established in June 2014 and has since prevented tax evasion amounting to over 11.5 billion crowns.
Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston of the Court of Justice of the European
Union has recommended dismissing a lawsuit filed by the Czech Republic
against the EU directive restricting possession of firearms, the court’s
press department said on Thursday.
The Czech Republic filed the complaint in 2017, arguing that the set of restrictions damages responsible arms holders and puts more guns on the black market.
Mrs Sharpston said the new EU directive didn’t infringe on the right to property, adding that EU legislation did not guarantee any fundamental right to gun ownership. The recommendation of the advocate general is not legally binding, but it is usually taken into account.
Czech billionaire Radovan Vítek is being sued for allegedly defrauding a
New York hedge fund and a Czech investment firm of more than $1 billion,
Bloomberg news reports.
Kingstown Capital Management LP and Investhold Ltd. filed a lawsuit against the Czech real estate mogul in a Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, accusing him of engaging in a racketeering scheme spanning a decade.
They claim Vítek used a web of shell companies and “straw owners” to gain control of a Luxembourg-based real estate development company in which Kingstown Capital held a substantial interest.
He then sold the most valuable assets at “distressed prices” to entities he secretly controlled, the lawsuit alleges.
Vitek is worth about $2.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. His company CPI Property Group SA is also named in the suit, filed under the RICO racketeering act, as are J&T Banka, Milada Malá (Vítek’s mother), former Orco CEO Jean-Francois Ott.
Kingstown is owned by two Czech entrepreneurs: Marek Čmejla and Swiss citizen Jiří Diviš.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has signed into law new privacy protection
rules following up the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
and a series of some 40 related amendments.
The lower house of Parliament passed the rules again in mid-March, accepting the Senate's objections to sanctions that regions and municipalities would face for violations. These were deleted from the final version.
MPs originally wanted to lower the maximum fine for small municipalities to 15,000 crowns. In general, the Office for the Personal Data Protection (ÚOOÚ) can impose a fine of up to 10 million crowns for violating privacy protection rules.
The opposition Pirate Party has called on the European Commission to
release an audit of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's alleged conflict of
interest regarding EU subsidies to the holding Agrofert.
European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger is due to unveil preliminary results of the audit to the European budget control committee in a closed meeting.
Party chairman Ivan Bartoš said the Pirates have called on the EC to publish findings arising from an audit conducted at Czech ministries regarding EU subsidies for Agrofert amounting to some 2 billion crowns.
If Brussels does not do so, the opposition party will seek a debate in the lower house of Parliament next week on the affair and send an official request to the EC.
Babiš has placed Agrofert into a trust but Transparency International says he remains the beneficial owner.
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