The population of the Czech Republic grew to just under 10,625,500 in the
first half of the year, according to official data released on Tuesday.
That figure was around 15,400 higher than at the end of 2017.
More people died than were born in the Czech Republic in the January to July period and the rise has been attributed to immigration, mainly from Ukraine and Slovakia.
Karel Jarolím has been sacked as manager of the Czech international soccer
team. The 62-year-old was reportedly removed hours after a 5-1 loss in a
friendly against Russia on Monday night that followed defeat in the
Czechs’ first game in the new Nations League competition.
Jarolím had earlier blamed himself completely for the debacle against Russia, saying he deserved a public execution. Speculation has now turned to who will replace him, with Jaroslav Šilhavý – who led Slavia Prague to the domestic league title in 2017 – named as favourite.
The European Parliament’s budget control committee has started debated a
complaint regarding suspected conflict of interest on the part of Czech
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš that Transparency International recently
addressed to the European Commission.
The complaint was made on the grounds of information which suggests that although Babiš put his billion-crown conglomerate Agrofert into a trust fund to comply with a strict new conflict of interest law, he is still the person controlling the company.
Transparency says the findings may have serious implications both as regards the conflict of interest law and EU funding policies.
The Greens in the European Parliament have said Babiš should not take part in the decision making on the new EU budget, if a part of it were to end up in his pocket.
The Czech prime minister has dismissed the accusations as nonsensical.
A raging fire caused extensive damage to the storage facilities of Czech
fuel distributor Čepro in Loukov on Monday night.
According to preliminary reports the fire started with the explosion of two tank trucks on the grounds and spread to the company’s storage facilities. A driver was injured and thousands of litres of fuel burnt in the blaze.
The damage has been estimated at around 70 million crowns. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
A 26-year-old woman has been found guilty of hate speech on social networks
in connection with hateful comments which appeared under a class photo of
first-graders in a school in Teplice, published in a regional daily just
over a year ago.
Reacting to the mix of Czech, Romany, Vietnamese and Arab children in the group photo, the woman wrote they should all be shot.
Details of the verdict have not yet been released, since all parties involved first need to be informed about it in writing.
The management of the Temelin nuclear power plant on Monday reported a
human error in servicing when lightly radioactive water was released into
the wrong reservoir. The water remained in a closed circuit and the
incident did not endanger safety or affect power production, Temelin said
in a statement.
A report was sent to the State Institute for Nuclear Safety and, in line with a bilateral agreement, to the Austrian authorities in Melk.
Noise pollution in the vicinity of Prague’s Václav Havel Airport has
worsened and the airport management has started fining companies that use
louder planes than agreed on or shift their flights into the night hours.
According to the airport’s spokesman Roman Pacvon, the airport started issuing noise pollution fines in June of this year and has so far issued fines of over three million crowns.
The set noise pollution limits have not been violated to date, but aircraft noise has been getting worse in the night hours which could soon present a problem, Pacvon said.
In the first six months of 2018 the airport registered over 70,000 arrivals and departures, which is a 5.4 percent increase year-on-year.
The government is planning a series of measures to fight the poverty
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová said her own ministry was cooperating with the ministries of the interior, health and local development on 15 measures which would prevent money-making activities that attract a large portion of their business from the poor.
These include rental price maps, hygiene norms in properties for rent and a limit on the number of persons per square meter. The measures are currently being consulted with town mayors.
According to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš the government will not try to push through a law on social housing, but will provide housing subsidies for selected localities.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’ wife Monika has resigned from the board of
Imoba, the company that owns the Stork’s Nest farm and conference centre,
over which her husband faces charges of EU subsidy fraud, the daily E15
reported on Monday.Monika Babišova left the board at her own request
without giving any reasons.
Prime Minister Babiš is suspected of having manipulated the status of the Stork’s Nest farm in order to gain a 50 million crown EU subsidy for the company which would otherwise have been out of reach.
Although Babiš has denies any wrongdoing, Imoba recently returned the subsidy in full.
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