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18-07-2005

Czechs among worst in accepting EU legislation

The Czech Republic is lagging behind in adopting EU legislation, according to data released on Monday. The Czech Republic has the worst results of the ten new member states that joined the European Union in May last year. The statistics relating to June 1 show that the Czech Republic has failed to introduce in time 3.6 percent of EU regulations, which means 57 laws. Slovakia is performing much better, with 1.4 percent of legislation remaining to be adopted. The first three places with 0.7 percent were occupied by Hungary, Slovenia and Lithuania. Behind the Czech Republic are Greece, Luxembourg and Italy.

Further Czech troops leave for KFOR mission in Kosovo

Some 80 Czech soldiers have left for Kosovo to replace their colleagues in the NATO KFOR mission in the province, the Defence Ministry said on Monday. The unit rotation started last Monday and should be completed on July 22. As of August 1, the Czech Republic will take over from Finland the command of the Centre Multinational Brigade in Kosovo for one year. The brigade is overseeing one of the four zones in Kosovo supervised by the NATO KFOR mission. The Czech military will command about 1,600 soldiers from five European countries. The Czech Republic has participated in the Kosovo mission since 1999.

PM disagrees with President Klaus over multiculturalism

Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek has rejected President Klaus's view that multiculturalism is the fundamental cause of terrorism. Mr Klaus said in an interview for Saturday's edition of the paper Mlada Fronta Dnes that multiculturalism is a tragic mistake of Western civilization for which all pay dear. He said it was the fundamental if not direct cause of terrorism. The prime minister told journalists that he did not share the president's view of the world.

Czech sentenced for heroin smuggling in Sweden may be extradited

The Prague City Court has approved a 10-year prison sentence that a Swedish court handed down in 2002 to a 30-year old Czech for drug trafficking. The ruling means the man, Ladislav Zerovnicky, could be extradited and serve his sentence in the Czech Republic. However, Mr Zerovnicky says he would like to stay in the Swedish prison. His defence counsel argues that Mr Zerovnicky is studying English and information technology in the Swedish prison and would like to complete his studies. Swedish police detained Mr Zerovnicky in July 2001 after customs officers found almost 17 kilos of heroin in his car.

Temelin's 2nd reactor connected to grid, not running at full capacity

The second reactor of the Temelin nuclear power plant in South Bohemia has been connected to the grid, ending a three-month planned shutdown, a spokesman for the plant said. During the reactor's closure a quarter of fuel was replaced and equipment checked. But according to the spokesman, the reactor will not be running at full capacity because of a defect found on the turbine's rotor. Temelin switched to full operation on October 11, 2004. Since then, the second reactor has had to be closed twice due to technical faults. The Temelin nuclear power plant has been a cause of controversy in recent years because it combines Soviet and American technologies, and critics have claimed that it is unsafe.

Weather

A cold front passing over the Czech Republic is expected to bring heavy rains, with possible local floods. Daytime temperatures should drop to maximums of 24 degrees Celsius in the coming days.

18-07-2005