Twenty-five wines from the Czech Republic have made this year’s list of the world’s best wines, the Vins du Monde publication, which is released annually by the Union of French Winemakers, the Czech Wine Fund informed on Tuesday. The samples were tested by 130 members of the international jury at the end of February and beginning of March.
The mayor of Prague 1 wants to ban the sale of alcohol in the night hours in the historic city centre as a way of curbing excessive drinking in the streets at night. Mayor Lomecky says there has been a significant increase in the number of young foreign tourists who get drunk in the streets and cause a disturbance. The ban would not cover restaurants and bars. There is already a ban on drinking in public in the historic city center, but the mayor says the police do not enforce it sufficiently. A police spokeswoman has rejected the claim.
The Ministry of Agriculture wants Czech farmers to put something by for a dry day instead of just relying on the state to compensate them whenever there is a drought. Though the government would initially be the biggest contributor to the drought fund, farmers have had a mixed reaction to the scheme, Hospodářské noviny reported on Thursday.
Enjoyment of the Czech speciality Olomoucké tvarůźky (also known as syrečky) – the pungent soft yellow cheese made in Olomouc is probably best described as an acquired taste. Children would describe the odour as akin to old socks forgotten in the laundry basket, although many adults enjoy a number of specialities made from the product. Even so, who would have bet that an ice cream made from the cheese would be a hit?
Czech dairy farmers look set to get aid to the tune of 10.4 million euros within increased subsidies for farmers across the block approved by the European Commission, Czech Television reported on Monday. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka has welcomed the move, saying the sum allotted to Czech farmers was the 10th highest in the 28-member block. National governments can top up this aid with subsidies from state coffers. Czech dairy farmers are facing severe problems due to a milk glut and low prices across Europe.
The Agriculture Ministry is proposing an amendment to the law on electronic tax registers which would exempt farmer’s markets and small entrepreneurs making less than 5,400 crowns a month from the duty to register all sales electronically. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka who will present the proposed amendment to the cabinet said the requirement to use electronic cash registers would bring small entrepreneurs such as those selling their goods on farmers markets to bankruptcy. The proposal should be put to the lower house in September. Finance Minister Andrej Babis –who pushed through the law as an instrument in fighting tax evasion – is strictly against exemptions on the grounds that it would reduce its effectiveness. The law is expected to go into effect in December 2016 and the duty to use electronic tax registers will be implemented in several stages for different categories of entrepreneurs.
Inflation in the Czech Republic remains close to zero, reaching 0.1 percent year-on-year for the second month in a row in June, according to figures released by the Czech Statistics Office on Tuesday. An analyst with Komerční banka told the Czech News Agency that inflation was unlikely to rise significantly in the coming months. Fuel prices increased by four percent compared to May, but overall inflation was pulled down by reductions in the prices of foodstuffs.
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