The government on Monday approved the draft budget for 2020 with a
projected 40 million crown deficit.
The government session, attended by President Miloš Zeman, was preceded by a meeting of the tripartite at which trade unions and employers expressed support for the draft proposal, which counts on higher pensions, higher salaries for teachers, more money for social services and families with children and increased spending in the fields of research and investments.
President Zeman made it clear that he would sign the budget, once it is approved by the lower house of Parliament.
The passengers of an intercity bus narrowly escaped a disastrous crash as
the bus driver collapsed and fell out of his seat on a busy highway on
One of the passengers promptly jumped behind the wheel and drove the bus safely to the nearest petrol station.
Witnesses say the driver fainted and was thrown from his seat as the bus swerved and hit the guardrail on the roadside.
Police have commended the passenger for his fast response and courage. There were about 50 people travelling on the bus at the time of the incident.No one was hurt.
The bus driver is in hospital undergoing tests.
Prague State Attorney Pavel Šaroch, who halted the investigation into
suspected EU subsidy fraud involving Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and
members of his family, has said he did not come under any political
pressure in making the decision, although at first the media pressure
surrounding the high-profile case was considerable.
In an interview for Czech Radio, State Attorney Šaroch said work on the case had been intensive but standard in every way. He said the reason why he had halted the case was that there was simply not enough evidence to indicate criminal activity on the part of those charged.
His superior, Chief Prague State Attorney Martin Erazim, upheld Šaroch’s decision a few days later. That decision may still be invalidated by the Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman.
The regional court in Hradec Králové has found three people guilty of
fraud in connection with manipulated public tenders for the reconstruction
of the National Stud Farm in Kladruby.
They were served hefty fines and in one case a suspended sentence. Twenty-two people were charged altogether in the case that involved five construction firms. The verdicts are not legally binding.
The National Stud Farm in Kladruby nad Labem is one of the oldest establishments of its kind in the world, and is home to the oldest indigenous Czech horse breed - the Kladruber.
Vaclav Marhoul’s film The Painted Bird has been selected as the Czech
Republic 's official Oscar entry in the international feature film
category. The Czech Film and TV Academy announced its decision on Monday,
saying the film had been selected from a shortlist of ten entries. The
Oscar nominees will be announced on January 13, 2020.
The American magazine The Hollywood Reporter included the The Painted Bird, in its selection of the top twenty films from this year's film festivals. The film, which the magazine described as "a grim and violent reflection on the cruelty of human nature," was selected alongside movies such as the psychological thriller Joker with Joaquin Phoenix, the historical drama The King, starring promising young actor Timothée Chalamet, the comedy drama Marriage Story with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver or The Two Popes with Anthony Hopkins.
The Painted Bird was screened at festivals in Venice and Toronto and premiered in Prague on September 11.
Tennis player Karolína Plíšková won the Zhengzhou Open in China on Sunday beating Croatia’s Petra Martic 6: 3 and 6: 2, in a rain-interrupted final. The Czech player, top seed at the event, only dropped one set all week on her way to the title. The victory in the Zhengzhou Open is her fourth title this year and fifteenth overall in her career.
The number of aviation accidents in the Czech Republic is growing, with 91
accidents reported last year, which is an increase of 19 accidents
year-on-year, according to data published by the Institute for the
Investigation of Aviation Accidents.
Most of the accidents involved small aircraft used for sport or recreational purposes. Eleven people lost their lives in the crashes. None of the accidents involved large commercial aircraft.
The institute says that despite the increase, the Czech Republic maintains a high safety aviation standard.
The state budget is even less prepared to deal with a period of recession
than it was ten years ago, according to a report by the Supreme Audit
The report is critical of growing mandatory expenditures and a strong dependence on tax revenues, noting that even a slight recession would bring an increase in the state deficit.
The office says that last year mandatory expenditures rose to 1069 billion crowns, amounting to 75 percent of the state budget. The budget proposal for 2020 counts on a 40 billion crown deficit.
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