The government is planning to ban trucks from Czech roads on Sundays from
midnight until 10 pm. Such restrictions are in place in other European
countries. Trucks that are already on the road at midnight will be
permitted to complete journeys within the Czech Republic.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced the change on Tuesday after talks with the minister of interior, Jan Hamáček, the minister of transport, Vladimír Kremlík, and the head of the police, Jan Švejdar.
At present trucks are allowed to use the road system until 1 pm on Sundays. Road transport has been the focus of attention due to major problems with the main D1 motorway.
The government has named Milan Hnilička (ANO), a former star ice hockey
goalie elected to parliament in 2017, head of the newly created National
Hnilička, who proposed creating the agency, has been serving as the government’s commissioner for sport. The body will gradually take over responsibility for distributing state subsidies now handled by the Ministry of Education.
The Czech Union of Sports, which backed the idea, argued a more transparent and less complex system for allocating subsidies was needed.
Most opposition parties voted against it, with the TOP 09 deputies’ club leader calling it an attempt to legalise corruption in sport. Hnilička argued the change was necessary due to what he called the critical state of sports infrastructure in the country.
Mistakes related to drawing EU funds since Czech accession in May 2004
total 38.4 billion crowns and almost 300 legal complaints have been filed
over the errors, Finance Minister Alena Schillerová (for ANO) told
reporters on Monday.
Financial corrections worth 36.4 billion crowns were made in cohesion policy, which aims to reduce differences in the development of various regions, and worth 2 billion crowns in the common agriculture policy, she said.
The government has entrusted Justice Minister Marie Benešová (for ANO) with checking how the legal complaints were handled.
Opposition MPs have demanded to see the Finance Ministry data with regard to the European Commission draft audit report on the Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s (ANO) suspected conflict of interest regarding the drawing of EU subsidies.
The Czech government on Monday approved the nomination of Věra Jourová to
serve a second term as a European Commissioner.
Jourová has served as European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality as a part of the Juncker Commission since October 2014.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is hoping that she can secure an economic portfolio. Jourová said she is interested in digitization, the internal market, trade and transport.
She is due to meet the incoming EU Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday.
Archaeologists have discovered a 7,000-year-old trading station uncovered
in the course of extending the D11 motorway north of Hradec Králové,
Research is now focusing on an area just outside the town of Jaroměř, where pottery and stone tools from around 5,000 BC were earlier discovered, the news agency ČTK reports.
The D11 construction from Hradec Králové to Jaroměř will stretch for 25 kilometres and is 60 metres wide.
Other notable findings made along the route include Bronze Age houses and burial grounds and the remains of 18th century field fortifications.
Overall confidence in the Czech economy rose slightly to 95.6 in August
from 95.1 in July, according to the Czech Statistical Office.
Among Entrepreneurs, confidence increased by 0.8 points to 93.6 points, the lowest level in five years for the month of July.
Consumer confidence fell to 105.1 points in August from 106.4 the previous month, thus returning to levels recorded in May and June.
In annual terms, both consumer and business confidence is lower than in August 2018
A Regional Court in Prague has found entrepreneur Jaroslav Fröhlich, his
wife, and a business partner guilty of large-scale fraud for having
knowingly sold forgeries of works by famous Czech artists to collectors and
galleries. They are expected to appeal.
Jaroslav Fröhlich was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay 15 million crowns in damages. His wife Eva Fröhlichová was given sentenced to six years, their colleague Martin Trokan to seven years, and both ordered to pay 5 million crowns in damages.
The Fröhlich couple, along with a business partner, sold paintings imitating the style of artists such as Josef Čapek, Josef Lada, František Kupka, Emil Filla and Jan Zrzavý for some 30 million crowns in total.
Most of the works appeared on the market between 2013 and 2016. The police seized unsold forgeries that, if genuine, would be worth an estimated 50 million crowns.
Cloudy skies and scattered rain are likely Tuesday in central Bohemia and the northern regions of Hradec Králové and Pardubuce. There is a chance of heavy thunderstorms throughout the country until late Tuesday evening. Average daytime highs throughout the country should hover around 29 degrees Celsius.
Markéta Pechová has become the first Czech woman with a disability to
swim the English Channel.
Pechová, now 40, had her right leg amputated in childhood due to cancer. She swam from Dover, England, to the French shore on Sunday in just 12 hours and 31 minutes.
Despite her handicap, the athlete from Liberec regularly competes in long-distance swimming competitions.
She is the 25th Czech to have swum the English Channel. Among them is Yvetta Hlaváčová, who crossed it in less than 7 hours, 25 minutes and 15 seconds in 2006, a world record for women.
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