The European Union needs unity in its foreign and trade policy, Czech Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš told the German daily Bild.
The Czech prime minister said the trade dispute with US President Donald Trump showed how badly Europe needed to stand together and act in unity. He said Brexit was bad in every way for Europe and Brussels must prevent further departures from the bloc.
As regards the Czech Republic, Babiš said the country’s departure from the EU would be a disaster.
On the domestic front, the Czech prime minister rejected the idea that the Communists, who supported the minority government of ANO and the Social Democrats, had acquired significant influence on national decision-making.
The Czech unemployment rate stood at 3.1 percent in August, the Czech Labour office reported on Monday. The number of job seekers reached 230,490, which is the lowest figure for the month since the year 1997. The number of vacancies increased slightly to 313.000. Last August the unemployment rate was at four percent.
The Czech minister of agriculture, Moiroslav Toman, is set to meet with
European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan in
Brussels on Monday. One of the topics on their agenda will bet EU’s plan
to cut direct subsidies to farmers.
Under the planned EU’s budget for 2021-2027, farmers would receive around 232 billion euros in direct support, which represents a drop of more than 30 billion euros from the current seven-year budget.
According to the Czech Agrarian Chamber, Czech farmers would receive around 4.1 percent less than in the previous seven-year period.
The Czech Minister of Health, Adam Vojtěch, is against a blanket pay rise
for employees in the health sector. He made the statement in a debate on
Czech Television on Sunday.
The country’s health and social care unions have been pushing for a 10-percent pay rise, but according to Dagmar Žitníková, the head of the umbrella organization of health and social services employees, there is still space for negotiation. The union committee is set to meet on Monday to further debate the issue.
Meanwhile, the head of the Czech Doctors’ Union, Martin Engel, said they will continue to insists on the 10-percent salary hike for doctors.
Latin pop star Ricky Martin is set to perform in Prague’s O2 Arena on
Sunday. According to organizers, he is going to sing both in Spanish and
English, and will perform all his greatest hits.
The Puerto-Rican singer shot to international fame in 1999 after releasing his single ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’ which has sold over eight million copies and is one of the best-selling singles of all time. The Prague concert will be Martin’s first appearance in the Czech Republic.
Some 15 percent of Czech employees changed jobs in the past six months,
according to a survey carried out by the recruitment agency Randstadt.
A quarter of Czechs are considering finding a new employment or are actively searching for it, which is five percent more than in the previous six months. People employed agriculture, forestry, hospitality and catering changed jobs were most willing to change jobs.
The study also suggest that 62 percent of Czech employees are happy with their current employer, while ten percent are dissatisfied.
Roman Catholic Bishop Václav Malý on Sunday served a special mass at Prague St Vitus Cathedral for the Czech and Polish nations. The mass also commemorated Ryszard Siwiec, the Polish man who set himself alight on September 12, 1968 in protest at his country’s participation in the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The name of Ryszard Siwiec was unknown for decades after his self-immolation, as Poland’s communist government tried to erase his act from the public consciousness. A monument to the Polish protester was unveiled in 2010 in front of Prague’s Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.
President Miloš Zeman and other politicians paid tribute to
Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk at his grave in
Lány on Saturday on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of his death.
The Czech head of state also lit the annual ceremonial fire, along with the honorary head of TOP 09 party Karel Schwarzenberg, mayor of Lány Karel Sklenička and a group of voluntary firefighters. Dozens of people attended the traditional event, which was established in 1935.
Masaryk had great merit in bringing about the establishment of an independent state of Czechs and Slovaks after WWI. Dubbed the Father of the Nation, Masaryk was a much loved and respected politician and is revered to this day.
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