Following the decision of the Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman to renew
investigation into whether the Prime Minister Andrej Babiš illegally
acquired two million euros in EU subsidies for his Stork’s Nest complex a
decade ago, opposition party leaders are urging Mr Babiš to step down from
Head of the Civic Democratic Party, Petr Fiala said Mr Babiš should leave the post of prime minister until the matter is resolved.
According to Marek Výborný, head of the Christian Democrats, in any civilised country, the prime minister would resign from his post.
Pirate Party leader Ivan Bartoš and STAN chairman Vít Rakušan have also called on the ANO leader to step down.
A historical T3 tram covered with revolutionary posters from 1989 will be
running through Prague over the course of next month, commemorating the
30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the first free elections in
The historical tram from the early 1960s will be running along the city’s nostalgia line through Charles Square and past Prague Castle.
A similar tram covered with revolutionary posters and signs was used by the late president Václav Havel during his first presidential campaign following the Velvet Revolution.
Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman has rejected a decision by the Prague
state attorney, a subordinate, to halt the criminal investigation into
whether Prime Minister Andrej Babiš illegally acquired two million euros
in EU subsidies for his Stork’s Nest complex a decade ago.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Zeman said the case of Prime Minister Babiš and his close business associate Jana Mayerová would be returned to the Prague State Attorney’s office, while the investigation of Mr Babiš family members would be definitively halted.
Mr. Babiš is suspected of having manipulated the status of the farm and hotel compound in order to acquire an EU grant intended to support small and medium-sized businesses.
The Prague State Attorney’s Office in September halted the four-year-long investigation of Mr Babiš and members of his family, justifying the decision by saying that at the time of receiving the subsidy, the Stork’s Nest centre fulfilled the respective conditions to meet the grant.
A walking trail along the river Lužnice in South Bohemia has received a
Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe certificate, handed by the European
Ramblers’ Association. It is the Czech Republic’s first walking route
to secure this label.
The Leading Quality Trails are selected according to a number of criteria, including marking, signposting and network with other walking trails, as well as services for walkers along the trail or access points for transport.
The 55-kilometre trail runs through a popular tourist region in the vicinity of the historical town of Tábor. There are currently 19 walking trails in Europe bearing the Leading Quality Trails certificate.
Václav Marhoul’s film The Painted Bird has been nominated for a
Satellite Award, presented by the International Press Academy. The winners
should be announced in February 2020.
The film, which premiered in Venice this year, was selected in the International Motion Picture category alongside the Korean Parasite of the Spanish Pain and Glory.
The Painted Bird was also selected as the Czech Republic’s official Oscar entry in the international feature film category.
The average gross monthly salary in the Czech Republic increased by 6.9
percent in the third quarter of this year to CZK 33,697, according to data
released by the Czech Statistics Office on Wednesday.
In real terms, taking into account inflation, wages increased by 4 percent.
However, two thirds of employees earn less than the average wage.
The median wage, a midway between the highest and the lowest levels, was CZK 29,549, up by 6.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Some percent of employees earned wages between CZK 15 680 and CZK 52 531.
Three quarters of Czechs are planning to gift at least one of their friends or relatives a book for Christmas, according to a survey conducted by polling agency STEM/MARK for Czech Television. Most usually they are gifted by women and people who have achieved high school education. Meanwhile households with an income lower than CZK 20,000 do not tend to buy books for Christmas. Especially popular are so-called interactive books, which require participation and interaction by the reader, and scrapbooks, Czech Television reports.
The European Commission audit, which finds Czech Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš to be in a conflict of interest over EU subsidies paid to the
Agrofert holding he founded and placed in a trust fund two years ago, asks
the Czech Republic to pay back close to CZK 284 million (around EUR 11
million) of funding provided by the EU to Agrofert, Czech Radio’s news
site iRozhlas reported on Tuesday, basing the information on a passage of
the confidential document that iRozhlas has managed to secure.
Some media outlets say they have already managed to secure the audit. According to Deník N and the investigative site Neovlivní, Czechia will have to pay back 100 percent of the funding which Adrofert received after February 9, 2017 – the day that new legislation on conflict of interest, sometimes known as “Lex Babiš”, was put into use. The grand total, the two papers say, encompases mistakes committed in the payouts of specific subsidies and is therefore around CZK 451 million. Some politicians have said that the Czech state should try to claim this money from Agrofert.
The Czech Republic should consider prohibiting physical punishment in children, ombudswoman Anna Šabatová said at a conference marking the 30 anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Tuesday. Asked to comment by the Czech News Agency, the Government Commissioner for Human Rights Helena Válková said she would be in favour of the prohibition, depending on its legal formulation. Currently the use of physical punishment on children is completely prohibited in 23 EU states.
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