The Czech police presidium has reported the sale of fictitious goods and services is the most common internet crime that they deal with. The number of incidents of online fraud has grown significantly in the last year, according to the head of the division for IT crime, primarily due to improvements in technology, such as mobile phones that allow web access, the growing number of services provided and the growing number of people connected. The police say that the economic situation also plays a role in the increase and that the number of attacks on sensitive data will continue to grow.
In the coming weeks, people in Prague will have a unique opportunity to sample traditional dishes and delicacies from South Korea – thanks to an event organized by the country’s embassy. At its launch in a Prague hotel, Radio Prague spoke to the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Czech Republic Gabriel OH and first asked him whether Czechs have many opportunities to try Korean food in restaurants or buy the necessary ingredients.
Rachel Kanarowski has the kind of job that must make her the absolute envy of her peers. At only 30, she is the editor-in-chief of the Czech version of InStyle, a major international women’s magazine. At the magazine’s offices, we discussed shopping in Prague and the Czech take on style. But first Kanarowski described the unlikely sounding way in which the opportunity to enter the business arose, and how she made the most of that chance.
In Business News: A Russian consortium is reportedly the most likely to win an upcoming tender on the expansion of the Temelín nuclear power plant; sources report an uptick in Russian FDI; Czech Railways announces the aim to sell off property worth 90 million crowns; the first Škoda Citigo – a new small vehicle intended for zipping in-and-out of city traffic –rolls off the assembly line; and, the transport minister proposes a new fee for vanity licence plates.
The lower house of Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill introducing criminal liability of firms, which would enable courts to fine them, seize their property or even abolish them for serious offences. Under the amendment the chamber of deputies extended the list of crimes for which business entities can be punished to around 80. The government proposed bill will still need to be approved by the Senate and signed into law by the president.
Police in Ústí nad labem, North Bohemia, are investigating the death of 45-year-old businessman Jiří Čaník, a witness in a case of suspected corruption who was found dead in his home in July, as suicide, Mf Dnes has reported. According to the police, Mr Čaník shot himself in the head; the firearm was his own and was legally-held. A paper trail for millions of crowns, which had been intended for the repair of military barracks, pointed to the late businessman after the company in the original tender declared bankruptcy and some 53 million in state funds went missing. Mr Čaník’s partner has told the local media that they had no money before his death, saying that she had had to borrow from others.
Former number two of the Czech energy giant ČEZ, Daniel Beneš, became on Thursday the firm’s new CEO. Mr Beneš, who until now served as the vice chair of ČEZ’s board of directors and the firm’s executive director was elected the new executive officer following the surprising resignation of former CEO Martin Roman. Mr Roman said he left the post at his own request; however, Czech media speculated that a number of reasons might have triggered the move, including Mr Roman’s indirect involvement in the multi-billion state clean-up tender and ČEZ’s opposition to the government’s plan to sell emissions permits. Martin Roman, who became the ČEZ chief executive in 2004, is now reportedly set to become the head of the firm’s board of supervisors.
The Czech Finance Ministry said on Thursday it would issue a pilot emission of bonds for individuals on November 11. The ministry will offer three types of bonds with maturity of one and five years. The yields of the pilot emission bonds will be 2 percent. People will be able to buy the bonds at branches of the ČSOB, Česká spořitelna and Komerční banka banks at one crown apiece; the minimum purchase is set at 1,000 crowns. If successful, the ministry plans to issue standard series of bonds for individuals in 2012.
Investors, politicians and the public were taken aback on Wednesday by the news that Martin Roman, the 42-year-old general manager of power company ČEZ, was stepping down, also leaving the company’s board of directors. Mr Roman leaves his post after seven years reportedly of his own initiative, and will be taking up a position on the company’s supervisory board. Shares in ČEZ teetered slightly on Thursday with the announcement, and word that the new ČEZ chief would be second in command Daniel Beneš. Meanwhile, analysts have gone into high gear assessing
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