The Czech Republic lacks effective tax incentives and other measures that
would encourage households and businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions,
the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) says in a new report.
The Czech state has failed to motivate citizens to use greener vehicles, reduce energy consumption and switch to greener energy sources, the report says. The NKÚ notes that financial and tax measures fall under the remit of the ministries of Finance, Transport and Environment.
Unlike in most European Union member states, the report says, financial measures aimed at combatting global warming are not actively enforced in the Czech Republic. Here, the three ministries are merely tracking developments, according to the NKÚ.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic remained at 2.6 percent in November, the
same as the previous month, the Czech Labour Office announced on Monday.
The number of jobless increased by 771 to 197,289, which is the lowest figure for the month since 1996, while the number of vacancies increased to 339,000. Last November, unemployment stood at 2.8 percent.
The lowest rate of unemployment, 1.8 percent, is in the Pardubice region, which is followed by Prague with 1.9 percent.
The Czech Republic’s oldest citizen, Magdalena Kytnerová, has died at
the age of 108 in the Moravian town of Kroměříž.
She was born on March 17th of 1911 and her life spanned the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the birth of an independent Czechoslovakia, two world wars and the country’s return to democracy after forty years of communist rule.
There are currently over 430 centenarians living in the Czech Republic, the majority of them women, and their number keeps increasing.
The number of doctors from countries outside the European Union working in
the Czech Republic keeps increasing. According to the Institute for
Postgraduate Medical Education (IPVZ), there were nearly 1,650 doctors from
the third countries working in Czechia in 2018, compared to 200 a decade
Most of the doctors come from Ukraine, Russia or Belarus. In order to work in the Czech Republic, they have to pass an aptitude test. The number of those who pass the exam has dropped in recent years, with the success rate currently ranging between 20 and 30 percent.
The new conservative Tricolour party established by Václav Klaus Jr. this
year would cross the five-percent threshold needed to win seats in the
Chamber of Deputies, according to the latest poll carried out by Kantar
Support for the ruling ANO party dropped by three percentage points in
November to 28.5 percent.
The centre-right Civic Democrats came third with 14,5 percent, up by two percentage points. Meanwhile the opposition Pirate Party has dropped to the fourth place and is currently polling at 13.5 percent.
The salaries of senior officials will increase next year by about one
tenth, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday. According to the data
released by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the average gross
monthly salaries on MEPs and Senators will increase by 8,400 crowns to CZK
The president’s wage will increase next year to CZK 302,700, while the ministers will earn CZK 173,200 a month, just like the heads of both houses of parliament. The average gross monthly salary in the Czech Republic reached CZK 33, 697 in the third quarter of 2019.
Czech skier and snowboarder Ester Ledecká finished fourth in the second
women’s World Cup downhill at Lake Louise on Saturday.
The race was won by Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria. Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States was second, followed by Francesca Marsaglia of Italy.
It is the second-best result in the Alpine Ski World Cup for Ledecká, who was the surprise winner of Friday's season-opening downhill, clinching victory from the 26th starting position.
The City of Prague wants to sign a sister city pact with Vienna, Prague
mayor Zdeněk Hřib told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. The cooperation
with the Austrian capital will concern mainly the areas of transport,
housing and ecology. The city also plans to cooperate with the other V4
capitals, Bratislava, Warsaw and Budapest.
Following the cancellation of a sister city agreement with Beijing, Prague councillors on Monday approved to sign a sister agreement pact with Taiwan’s capital Taipei, concerning economic, business and cultural cooperation. The Prague-Taipei agreement still has to be approved by the Prague assembly members, who are to deal with it on December 12.
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