Speaking at the annual Globsec Forum on security, foreign policy and
business in Bratislava, Prime Minister Andrej Babis praised the Czech
Republic as a successful, innovative and safe country which offers numerous
opportunities for foreign investors.
He recalled the country’s reputation in the years of the First Republic when it had been an industrial leader and said that today Czechs were proving their skills once again and had a great deal to offer in many fields.
The Czech prime minister dismissed the street protests against him, saying they were fuelled by those who were dissatisfied with the outcome of the last elections.
The annual Festival of Museum Nights, which opened in the West Bohemian spa
town of Karlovy Vary in mid- May, will culminate in Prague on Saturday June
8th. The city’s 52 museums and galleries will be open to the public
between 7pm and 1 am, offering visitors special programs including
lectures, film-screenings, art competitions and concerts.
Prague city transport has extended tram and bus operations into the early hours in order to accommodate visitors. In the course of the last three weeks over 500 museums and cultural institutions in 158 towns and cities opened their doors to the public on a selected night.
The Catholic Church in the Czech Republic has no immediate plans to change
the wording of the Lord’s Prayer as it was approved by the Roman Catholic
Church in Italy at the instigation of Pope Francis.
The Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Dominik Duka, said that while there was a logic to the Pope’s arguments, it would be extremely difficult to change such a deeply ingrained text in believers’ minds, hymns and liturgies.
In line with the change, which has been made in Italian and French, the prayer will no longer say “lead us not into temptation”, but “do not let us fall into temptation”.
The management of the Czech Republic’s oldest and biggest national park
Šumava has approved a new division of the park into four conservation
zones, an arrangement which will remain valid for the next 15 years.
The new division sets down strict rules governing logging and human activities depending on the degree of protection afforded.
The four proposed zones are no-go zones which would be left to develop as primeval forests, a zone where human intervention would be limited to emergency access, a zone with special protection where farming and commercial forestry activities would be allowed and a zone enabling the development of local communities.
Twenty-seven percent of the nature reserve will now fall under the no-go zone which will be left to develop as a primeval forest.
The Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Social Affairs have reached
agreement on the source of two billion crowns needed for the social sphere.
The ministries will each provide half a billion from their own reserves and the rest should be covered by EU funds where the Czech Republic can draw 1.5 billion over the next three years.
The resolution of the drawn-out dispute over where the money should come from and whether it would be made available was greeted with relief by the social services which feared they might have to let go as many as 10,000 social workers if the money was not provided.
The overall budget for social services this year is close to 16 billion crowns. The annual expenditures are expected to grow as the population ages.
The Czech national football team takes on Bulgaria on Friday, in their
second qualifying match for the EURO 2020. The Czechs suffered a
humiliating defeat in their first match in March, losing 5:0 to England.
Among the newcomers to appear in Prague’s Generali Arena on Friday will
be Michal Sadílek, a 20-year-old midfielder playing for PSV Eindhoven, and
the forward Libor Kozák of Slovan Liberec.
The Czech team will next face Montenegro on June 10.
The North Moravian city of Ostrava is one of the eight sites for
supercomputing centres that have been selected across the EU to host the
first European supercomputers, the Europan Commission reported on Friday.
The centers will support Europe's researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change.
The other sites for the supercomputers, which are expected to start operating in 2020, include Sofia, Kajaani, Bologna, Bissen, Minho and Maribor.
A painting by Mikuláš Medek, one of the leading Czech modernist painters, sold for 46 million crowns at an auction in Prague on Thursday. The oil on canvas, called Action I (Egg), has become the artist’s most expensive work of art ever sold at an auction. Bidding for painting started at eight million crowns.
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