The Czech Outdoor advertising agency has promised to remove all its
roadside billboards by the end of September, according to Transport
Ministry spokesman Jakub Stadler.
This is in line with a 2017 law which bans advertisement billboards within 250 meters from main roads and highways for safety reasons.
The legislation met with strong opposition from outdoor advertising operators some of whom attempted to bypass it by replacing advertisements with gigantic Czech flags and other non-commercial posters.
According to the ministry close to a thousand billboards still have to be dismantled.
Czechs spent 51.5 billion crowns in e-shops in the first half of the year,
11 per cent more in annual terms. Growth slowed during hot weather, which
came to the Czech Republic in April.
Overall spending is expected to rise, as since last year the Czech Republic has the largest number of e-shops in Europe per capita, while brick and mortar stores increasingly offer goods online. In 2017 e-shop sales grew 18 per cent to 115 billion.
The Czech Credit Bureau reports that the number of bankruptcies among small
Czech entrepreneurs is the lowest in five years.
According to statistics there were 60 company bankruptcies in the month of July and 377 bankruptcies of small entrepreneurs which is 108 less than in the preceding month.
The drop in bankruptcies among small entrepreneurs is ascribed to the healthy economy, higher wages and growing demand for their products and services both from companies and individuals.
Dozens of Czech families who made payments on new apartments in the 1990s found themselves high and dry when the building firm involved collapsed. Now they have been ordered to evacuate their homes forthwith after losing a long-running legal battle, a verdict that has come in for broad condemnation.
The Czech external trade balance in goods ended in a surplus of 6.9 billion
crowns in May, down 8.2 billion crowns in annual terms, according to
preliminary data published by the Czech Statistical Office on Monday.
Year−on−year, the total balance was unfavourably influenced mainly by a decrease of surplus in 'motor vehicles' and a larger deficit in 'coke and refined petroleum products', 'other transport equipment' and 'chemicals and chemical products'. A lower deficit in 'computer, electronic and optical products' had the main positive effect on the total trade balance.
From January to May, the trade balance surplus reached 80.9 billion crowns, a decrease of 13.2 billion crowns in annual terms. From the start of 2018, exports decreased by 2.6% year-on-year and imports increased by 0.6%.
A co-author of the Czech Insolvency Act of 2006 has warned that a proposed amendment to the law would “unintentionally” give debt relief to hundreds of thousands of people. Tomáš Richter, a renowned expert on both Czech and European insolvency law, said in an interview that lax rules set out in the current amendment could potentially mean adding another 600,000-700,000 to the list of people qualifying for debt relief.
Finnish Transtech Oy, a subsidiary of the Czech company Škoda
Transportation, will deliver ten Artic trams to the city of Helsinki. The
price of the contract amounts to 750 million crowns.
There are currently 48 trams of the same type operating in the Finnish capital. As of 2021, they will also operate on a newly built track in the city of Tampere. The Plzeň-based transport company Škoda Transportation acquired a controlling stake in Finland’s sole manufacturer of rail vehicles abd trams in August 2015.