New Justice Minister Marie Benešová is considering slimming down the
current justice system, according to an interview published on Thursday in
the daily Lidové Noviny. She says she is considering replacing the current
four-tier system of courts and state prosecution offices, with a three-tier
system that would exclude the general prosecution offices in Prague and
Before any such decision is made, Mrs. Benešová said she will call for an expert analysis of the plan and will respect the majority opinion on the issue.
It is not the first time such a move has been proposed. In 2008, the Civic Democrat Minister of Justice Jiri Pospíšil came out with a similar proposal, but had to drop it due to a lack of funds.
Mobile operators will be given time until 2024 to launch their 5G networks
after a frequency auction takes place, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on
Thursday at an international conference in Prague, which is dedicated to
exploring the security, technical and economic aspects of switching to 5G.
Mr. Babiš said he expects the switch to the advanced wireless system to be even more revolutionary than the onset of mobile phones, stimulating economic growth, innovation and overall prosperity. However, he also stressed the extraordinary importance of ensuring the new network system’s security.
In a video message sent to the conference, European Commissioner for Security Julian King urged the importance of EU member states approaching 5G network security in a co-operative way, establishing a set of security standards.
The Scandinavian airline SAS has announced it is cancelling another 280
flights on Thursday due to a drawn out pilot strike which has already
affected 300,000 passengers.
The cancellations include scheduled flights from Prague to Stockholm. A decision on an afternoon flight from Copenhagen to Prague has not yet been announced. Passengers have been advised to keep themselves informed about developments on flysas.com.
Six people were detained and two police officers injured in clashes between
ultra-right supporters and their opponents in Brno on Wednesday evening.
Around one hundred people joined the ultra-right march through the city centre while hundreds of opponents en route attempted to disrupt the rally. Hundreds of officers were out in force to keep them apart.
When they met head on the police ordered the far-right gathering to disperse. Their opponents then marched to the city centre to celebrate their victory.
Demonstrations, political rallies and student gatherings took place around
the country on May Day. Political parties drummed up support ahead of the
European elections, various movements and groupings highlighted their
causes in the big cities and students held their traditional open air
May 1st is also celebrated as the Czech version of St. Valentines Day, with couples observing the tradition of kissing under a cherry tree in bloom to keep their love alive in the coming year.
European Union funds helped build or modernize 975 kilometres or railroads
and 495 kilometres of roads in the past 15 years, according to data
released by the Czech Transport Ministry on Wednesday.
Subsidies from European structural funds channelled into road and rail development reached 12.2 billion euros or 325 billion crowns. The majority of these projects were part of the trans-European network (TEN-T).
Police are gearing up for demonstrations of ultra-right groups and anarchists in the Moravian metropolis of Brno. Hundreds of officers and anti-conflict police are out in the streets to prevent skirmishes and maintain law and order. Citizens have been advised to keep out of the city centre in the evening hours.
Czech politicians have been highlighting the importance of Czech membership
in the EU, as Czechs mark 15 years in the alliance.
Deputy Prime Minister and Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček said the EU had given the country economic and political stability as well as security. “There is no alternative to EU membership and those who say so are lying,” Hamáček said.
“Fifteen years ago today the dream of many generations came true,” Foreign Minister Tomas Petříček wrote on Twitter. “The Czech Republic became a fully-fledged member of the European family of free and democratic nations. Like every family the EU has good days and bad days, but the fate of this family, and our own, is in our hands, that is something we should value highly,” Petricek wrote.
Petr Fiala, leader of the centre-right Civic Democrats said he was proud it was his party which brought the Czech Republic to NATO and the EU. “After 40 long years of totalitarian rule the Czechs returned to the European fold of democratic nations where they belong,” Fiala said.
“The European Union needs to reform. We need a strong Europe, an alliance
of strong member states, where the driving force is the Council of Europe,
the member states‘ presidents and prime ministers, rather than a
politicized European Commission” Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said
during celebrations in Warsaw marking 15 years of EU membership.
The meeting at the Royal Palace in Krakow was attended by the prime ministers of countries which joined the alliance in the “big bang” expansion in 2004 as well as others admitted in the past fifteen years. The debate focussed on the achievements and problems of the past years, challenges faced by the EU today and the need for reform.
On May 1, 2004 the EU admitted ten new members: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007 and Croatia in 2013.
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