Czech state-controlled utility ČEZ has announced a September 25 deadline
for potential buyers of its Romanian assets to register their interest. The
move is in line with the company’s strategy to exit foreign markets,
including Bulgaria, Turkey and Poland.
In total, ČEZ is considering seven companies in Romania, keeping only companies engaged in modern energy services (ESCo) and trading activity. ČEZ will later issue a call for non-binding tenders from registered potential buyers.
The utility expects to earn tens of billions of crowns from the sales, which it will invest largely into renewable energies.
Unemployment held steady at 2.7 percent in August, according to Labour
Office data published on Monday. In Prague, the unemployment rate remained
at 2 percent.
Fewer than 205,000 people in the country were seeking work last month, the lowest number for the month of August since 1996.
The overall number of jobseekers is expected to rise slightly in September, mainly due the entry into the labour market of a large number of school-leavers.
Dvořák‘s Prague festival, dedicated to one of the country’s greatest
composers, opened at the Rudofinum concert hall on Sunday.
The opening concert, which this year falls on the day of Antonín Dvořák’s birth, featured Dvorak‘s Cello Concerto in B minor with Kian Soltani, one of the world’s most promising cellists of the younger generation, and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony conducted by the world-famous conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
The festival, which closes on September 23,will showcase renowned soloists, such as violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Ivo Pogorelich, and some of the world’s leading orchestras.
The daughter of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev has said she wants to bring her
father’s statue, which has been at the centre of a dispute between Prague
and Moscow, home to Russia. Natalya Koneva told the Russian media, she
would request its transfer immediately.
The fate of the statue has caused a rift between Prague and Moscow after it was repeatedly vandalized with red paint and the mayor of Prague 6, Ondřej Kolář, said it would be better to remove it altogether, ideally to the grounds of the Russian embassy.
Kolář has welcomed Koneva’s decision, saying this solution might help calm the situation. The local administration is to debate the issue on Thursday.
Marshal Konev is perceived as a controversial figure in the Czech Republic. Although he helped liberate the country from Nazi oppression, he was also involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
The dispute over whether the controversial statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan
Konev should remain in its place should be settled by the inhabitants of
Prague 6 where it is located, Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček said in
a TV debate on Sunday. Mr. Hamáček said the dispute could be resolved in
a local referendum.
The fate of the statue has caused a rift between Prague and Moscow after it was repeatedly vandalized with red paint and the mayor of Prague 6, Ondřej Kolar, said it would be better to remove it altogether, ideally to the grounds of the Russian embassy.
Speaking to Russian journalists, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky compared Mr. Kolar to a leader of the regional branch of the Nazi party NSDAP.
The words provoked an angry response from Prague with Civic Democrat leader Petr Fiala saying the Czech foreign minister should summon the Russian ambassador to demand an explanation.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said he regretted the fact that the discussion surrounding the Konev statue has crossed the bounds of a rational debate. “I do not consider the statement of the Russian culture minister appropriate. I think an apology would help calm the situation, "Petříček said in a text message to the ctk news agency.
An opinion survey suggests that for the first time since the fall of
communism in 1989, the Communist Party could fall below the five percent
threshold needed to win seats in the Chamber of Deputies.
According to the August survey, conducted by the KANTAR agency, the Communist Party would gain just 4.5 percent of the vote. Party leader Vojtěch Filip dismissed the poll as unreliable, saying that on many past occasions the Communist Party had been “written off” in surveys, but the end result was always different.
The poll suggests that the ruling ANO party would win the elections with 30 percent support, followed by the Pirate Party with 17 percent and the Civic Democrats with 14.5 percent.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch is preparing a draft bill which would
restrict advertising of tobacco and alcohol in the electronic media.
In a debate on TV Prima the minister said this was part of a broader effort to change harmful behavioural patterns.
Alcohol and tobacco are among the top causes of preventable deaths in the country. Minister Vojtěch noted that some children have their first experience with alcohol at the age of 12.
The government has also pushed through the lower house a bill to raise the tax on alcohol and tobacco which should come into effect next year.
Gustav Machatý’s Ecstasy, a 1934 erotic romantic drama starring Hedy
Lamar, won an award for best-digitally restored film at the international
film festival in Venice.
The film was shown at the Venice film festival in 1934 where it caused a stir as the first motion picture to include nude scenes.
This year it was selected as the festival’s pre-opening event.
The film was digitally restored by the National Film Archive in cooperation with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival at L'Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna.
"The Painted Bird" by Czech director Václav Marhoul received the Cinema for UNICEF award from a student jury. The award is traditionally given to the film that best addresses children's rights issues.
The Czech soccer team lost Saturday’s qualifier against Kosovo 2:1,
complicating its chances of advancing to the 2020 Euro Championship.
The Czechs were the first to score with Patrik Schik hitting the net in the 15th minute, but Kosovo quickly turned the game around as Vedat Muriqi levelled and Mergim Vojvoda scored the winning goal in the second half.
Kosovo is now top of Group A with 8 points, while the Czech Republic is second with six points. It next faces Montenegro on Tuesday.
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