The European turtle dove has been named Bird of the Year by the Czech
The choice was aimed at reminding the public that population numbers of the once widespread migratory species have dropped dramatically over the past decades as a result of intensive farming, habitat loss and hunting.
Ornithologist estimate there are currently between 40 to 80 thousand couples of the European turtle dove living in the Czech Republic.
The amount of property investment in the Czech Republic went down by EUR
2.62 billion in 2018, a cut back of 30 percent compared to the previous
year, a study by consultancy company Colliers International says.
Transactions also decreased by 27 percent. According to the authors of the
study this is a consequence of the low amount of quality property
investments currently on offer.
Colliers International says it expects this year’s investment rate to remain largely the same as in 2018.
The Senate has voted against the Communist party proposal to tax
restitutions paid out by the state to various religious organisations
including the Catholic Church and the Czech Jewish Community. Aside from
the opposition, the senators who voted against the bill also included the
Social Democrats, a junior partner in Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s
government. The proposal will now return to the Chamber of Deputies, which
can by-pass the Senate if it votes in favour of the bill again. However,
the opposition says it will bring the issue to the Constitutional Court if
Aside from returning property, the current restitution law passed enacted in 2013 counts on paying church organisations CZK 59 billion crowns divided into annual payments over a period of 30 years. The proposed restitution bill would tax these pay-outs reducing the total payment to CZK 48 billion.
Petrochemical giant Unipetrol has prolonged its contract with Croatian
company Jadranski Naftovod until 2021. The later controls the Adria oil
pipeline running through the Balkans.
Unipetrol’s general director Krzysztof Zdziarski said that the Adria is an alternative for the Czech Republic – and Central Europe as a whole – in case of a cut in oil supplies from the Druzhba pipeline which runs from Russia into Central Europe.
Unipetrol is the Czech Republic’s only petroleum processor and also owns the country’s largest petrol station chain, Benzina. The company hopes the Adria pipeline will supply its refineries in Kralupy and Litvínov.
The Czech priest and theologian Tomáš Halík met with Pope Francis at the
Vatican on Wednesday and presented him with a letter praising the Pope for
his efforts to reform the Catholic Church and urging the establishment of a
clear future vision.
The letter has been supported by nearly 75,000 signatories including 2,500 theology professors and public figures from across the world. Mr. Halík told the news server aktualne.cz that opinions on the current role of the Catholic Church were gathered from all signatories and are now being published in multiple languages, including Czech. He also said that an intercontinental network of theologians ready to devise and implement reform impulses has been established.
The 71-year-old Templeton Prize winner has been actively involved in theological doctrine within the Catholic Church since the 1990s.
Industrial regions, which feature large communities of foreign workers will
be regularly policed by joint patrols made up of policemen from the Czech
Republic, Slovakia and Poland, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček told
journalists at a press conference on Wednesday after signing a memorandum
of cooperation with the Region of Central-Bohemia that seeks to combat
problems associated with foreign workers in industrial zones.
According to Mr. Hamáček tens of Slovak and Polish policemen will undertake work visits in cities such as Mladá Boleslav and Plzen. Such cooperation has shown itself useful in the past, the interior minister said and he is now discussing details of implementing such project again with his Polish and Slovak counterparts.
The growth of the Czech economy provides the opportunity to deepen
structural reforms, the European Commission advised Prague in its annual
analysis of economic and social affairs in the Czech Republic. According to
the commissions study data, the relatively low rate of social inequality
and growing quality of life is masking a growing regional divide in the
Based on its findings, the commission advises focus should be put on investments in education and local innovations, while growth potential in the more backward regions of the country should be boosted by digital and transport infrastructure.
NÚKIB, the Czech Republic’s National Cyber and Information Security
Agency has been building a web of specialised ‘cyber attaches’ together
with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in three strategic foreign missions,
daily Lidové Noviny reports. These specialists have so far been posted in
Brussels, Washington and Tel-Aviv.
Their activities include consultation and information sharing with members of foreign intelligence services.
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