The Temelín nuclear power plant is southern Bohemia will be scaling down
production on both its blocks in the coming days due to scheduled
maintenance, the power utility ČEZ reported.
Operation on one will be reduced by ten percent, and the other will operate at half its capacity in order to enable safe maintenance. Both will remain connected to the grip and should return to full capacity by December 24th.
A commemorative ceremony took place in Stonava in the north-east of the
Czech Republic on Friday to honour the thirteen miners who died after a
methane explosion at the ČSM hard coal mine exactly a year ago. Twelve of
the dead were Polish nationals.
Among those attending the event were Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Polish ambassador to the Czech Republic Barbara Ćwioro, representatives of the OKD company, which operates the mine, and relatives of the victims.
The blast, which occurred about 880 metres below the ground, devastated some of the underground areas with poor visibility, obstructing the efforts of the rescue units.
Hundreds of people outside Prague attended protests against Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš on Thursday evening, organised by the group Million Moments
for Democracy. The demonstrations took place in Brno, Ostrava, Plzeň and
other regional centres and towns.
The organisers of the event say Mr Babiš is in conflict of interest and should step down. They are also demanding the removal of his minister of justice, Marie Benešová. At the latest demonstration in Prague on Tuesday, they announced their plan to continue with the protests next year.
The Czech Defence ministry on Thursday signed a memorandum with American
aerospace manufacturer Bell Textron about including Czech industry in the
recently signed deal for purchasing 12 military helicopters for the
country’s armed forces. According to the document, five Czech companies
will be cooperating with the American manufacturer and overall Czech
industry involvement will be 30 percent, the Czech News Agency reports.
The Czech helicopter purchase was signed off last week in the Pentagon by Defence Minister Vladimír Metnar. The eight multi-purpose UH-1Y Venom’s and four AH-1Z Viper battle helicopters will cost some CZK 14.7 billion excluding VAT.
The price of used cars on the Czech market has gone up by over 20 percent
over the past four years, with vehicles now selling at CZK 139,000 on
average, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday, citing data of the car
dealer AAA Auto.
The average age of used cars has dropped from 9.9 years in 2018 to 9.7 years. Meanwhile, the mileage of used cars has dropped to 150,000 kilometres. There are currently around 90,000 used vehicles available on the Czech market.
Czech church representatives have spoken out against a plan to legalise
euthanasia in the Czech Republic. The joint declaration was signed by 18
public figures including the Roman Catholic priest and philosopher Tomáš
Halík, the chief rabbi of the Czech Republic, Karol Sidon, and Bishop
The bill on legalising euthanasia by doctors under certain circumstances
and under strict conditions was put forward by the ruling ANO Party and the
opposition Pirate Party. It should be debated in the lower house by March
The signatories of the petition argue that legalising euthanasia would put the Czech Republic on a slippery slope, because it is hard to regulate and those concerned may find themselves under psychological pressure to end their lives.
The proposal has already been criticised by the Czech Bishops Conference, the Ecumenical Council of Churches, the Federation of Jewish Communities and the Association of Muslim Communities in the Czech Republic.
Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová is the most popular foreign politician
among Czechs, with over 50 percent of respondents giving her a favourable
rating, according to a poll carried out by the CVVM agency.
The Slovak head of state is followed by Czech president Miloš Zeman, who enjoys the support of 46 percent of Czechs. French President Emmanuel Macron has a 34percent support rating.
Among the least trusted politicians are Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and North-Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
President Miloš Zeman has asked the Senate to approve his nomination of
Pavel Šámal, chairman of the Supreme Court, to the post of a
Constitutional Court judge.
Mr Šámal has served as Chairman of the Supreme Court since 2015. His term in the office expires in 2023, when he turns 70.
The 15-member Constitutional Court has been incomplete since the beginning of the year, when one of judges, Jan Musil, resigned from his post.
President Miloš Zeman has signed an amendment to the law on state social
support which increases the parental leave benefit. Under the amendment,
the basic parental leave will increase by CZK 80,000 in January to CZK
The Christian Democrats said earlier this week they would seek to counter the new legislation with an appeal to the Constitutional Court, arguing that it is discriminatory because it doesn’t concern all families with children up to the age of four.
The parental leave benefit is paid monthly for a period of up to four years. Parents can opt to draw money over a shorter period, with the monthly allowance currently capped at CZK 32,640.
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