The Ministry for Regional Development will amend its proposal for a new
Building Act, Minister Klára Dostálova told Czech Television on Monday
after a meeting with the head of the Association of Towns and Districts.
The decision comes after heavy criticism from the association, which
primarily represents regional officials, as well as remarks from courts
which studied the proposed legislation.
The ministry says it now intends to cut down on the level of centralisation it originally envisaged. Local building authorities at the district level will be preserved, while public works and large construction programmes will be decided on the state level.
Close to one in five companies was exposed to a cyberattack in 2018, a year
on year increase of around 20 percent, according to new data released by
the Czech Statistics Agency. The most common form of attack was
denial-of-service, wherein the perpetrator floods the targeted resource
with superfluous requests in an attempt to overload systems and prevent
legitimate requests from being fulfilled.
The most endangered entities are the state administration, banks, energy companies and, increasingly, universities. Experts say that the threats that companies face are not only external but sometimes from the businesses’ own employees too.
Councillors at Prague City Hall have voted in favour of raising taxi riding
prices from CZK 28 to CZK 36 per kilometre, the Czech News Agency reported
on Monday. Waiting costs and the starting rate will also be increased. A
new electro-taxi price list will also be set up, with a top rate of a
maximum of CZK 39 per kilometre.
Taxi drivers have been protesting for an increase in rates for some time already. The current maximum rates were established in 2006.
Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the Social Democrats Jan Hamáček
says he is ready to recommend fellow party member Kateřina Valachová for
the position of ombudswoman to President Miloš Zeman, although he says
that the nomination is ultimately up to the president, the Czech News
Agency reported on Monday. The President Zeman first suggested Mrs
Valachová for the position on Sunday, but he said he would only nominate
her if Mr. Hamáček agreed.
The news comes after the president’s previous candidate, Helena Válková of the ANO party, announced she will no longer be running for the position after it emerged that she had co-authored an article on “protective surveillance” during the Communist era with an infamous show trial prosecutor from the 1950s.
Consumer prices rose on average by 2.8 percent last year, the highest annual increase since 2012, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Agency on Monday. The most influential factor on the rise of inflation was the growth in housing prices, the head of the agency’s Consumer Prices Statistics Unit Pavla Šedivá told news site iHNed.cz. Another factor was the rise in food prices, and rents. Meanwhile, clothing and shoe prices had a downward trend.
The Czech Army is likely to spend more on military technology purchases
this year than at any time in its history. Some CZK 73 billion, double the
money spent last year, is set to be spent on modern armaments and
equipment, Czech Television reports. By far the largest of the strategic
contracts, worth CZK 50 billion, concerns the purchase of new armoured
Currently the Ministry of Defence is considering three options when it comes to the new armoured vehicles: Swedish made VC-90, the Austro-Spanish ASCOD tracked vehicle and the Lynx manufactured by Germany’s Rheinmetall. The Ministry of Defence will call for final offers in its tender in February.
Thousands of people descended on Czech ski resorts at the weekend, despite
the mild weather and lack of natural snow. Technical snow has enabled
resorts to operate their main slopes, especially in higher altitudes, and
in some places trails were also available to cross-country skiers.
The Ski resort Černá hora - Pec hosted about 15,000 skiers at the weekend, Špindleruv Mlýn welcomed 11,000 people.
Meteorologists expect mild weather throughout the week and even long-term forecasts predict above zero temperatures during daytime hours until mid-February.
Slovak truckers blocked three border crossings with the Czech Republic on
Sunday night within wider protests around the country in support of road
The crossings Brodské-Břeclav, Holíč-Hodonín a Skalica-Sudomeřice are closed to trucks although passenger cars are being allowed through.
The blockade is expected to extend to a number of other crossings with the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary in the course of the day.
The Union of Slovak Truckers wants the government to lower the road tax truckers have to pay to do business by 50% and to suspend the highway toll system until the dispute is resolved.
The government has said it is willing to cut the road toll by 12.5%.
Czech traffic police have advised drivers to avoid the blocked crossings if at all possible.
The conservative British philosopher, writer and political scientist Sir
Roger Scruton has died at the age of 75.
During the communist era, Scruton lectured at underground home seminars for dissidents and intellectuals who were banned from studying at universities by the communist regime.
He authored some 50 books on morals, politics, architecture and aesthetics.
In November 2019 Scruton received a Silver Medal from the Speaker of the Czech Senate Jaroslav Kubera in recognition of his work for the Czech dissent.
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