The clock’s ticking down on the current coalition government, so there was something of a celebratory air when one of its milestone pieces of promised legislation got through the lower house of parliament relatively unscathed. The construction law amendment was promised as a fundamental shake-up of a complicated, lengthy, and ultimately costly current process for getting permission to build anything from a new family home to a new motorway or block of flats or offices.
Exercises simulating terrorist truck and airplane attacks on the Temelín nuclear power station in South Bohemia reached a climax on Tuesday. Over 200 soldiers, police officers and specialists from operators CEZ have been taking part in the four-day Safeguard Temelín 2017. The scenario of one of the simulated attacks has involved a truck trying to smash through barriers at the nuclear station and was based on an incident in Berlin in December when a man drove a truck into a crowd. The exercises will conclude on Wednesday.
Radar, anti-missile systems, communications, and other military equipment has been stationed in the surroundings of the Temelín nuclear power plant, part of military exercises which will take place until mid-week. The news was confirmed by the spokesman for the Regional Military Command in České Budějovice, Josef Štěpánek. Around two hundred army personnel, police officers are taking part. Representatives of the energy giant ČEZ will also be involved.
The government late Wednesday agreed that the state owned company Prisko could make a bid of 80 million crowns for the hard coal mining company OKD, currently subject to insolvency proceedings and a rescue plan. The decision ends a spat in the government over which ministry, finance or industry and trade would take the lead with a possible state rescue. The ministry of industry firm, Diamo, will also take part alongside Prisko, subject to the ministry of finance, in a possible bid. Prime Minister Bohulsav Sobotka underlined that the state had only decided to make a bid and it was up to the insolvency manager of OKD whether it was accepted. Earlier, it was reported that US firm Alcentra has written to the Czech prime minister offering to pay at least 500 million crowns for the hard coal mining company OKD. The news was reported by the business server, Euro. Alcentra, part of the BNY Mellon group also though threatened to start arbitration proceedings if its offer was ignored.
The US firm Alcentra has written to the Czech prime minister offering to pay at least 500 million crowns for the hard coal mining company OKD. The news was reported by the business server, Euro. Alcentra, part of the BNY Mellon group also though threatened to start arbitration proceedings if its offer was ignored. It is reported to be angered that a state company might get OKD’s assets for just 80 million crowns. The OKD mining company has been in insolvency since last year with managers seeking a strategic investor. Previously EP Industries, owned by Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinský, and a multinational hedge fund were reported to be interested. The government is hoping for a gradual wind down of mining in the far east of the country with a buyer taking responsibility for the process.
President Miloš Zeman has appointed Jiří Havlíček minister of industry and trade. He replaces Jan Mládek, who was sacked by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka at the end of February. Mr. Havlíček says he will focus on pushing through legislation aimed at reducing data charges for mobile device users. Inaction in that regard was cited as a reason for the dismissal of his predecessor. Mr. Havlíček was previously a deputy industry minister.
Ahead of the presentation of a prototype at next month’s Shanghai Motor Show in China, Czech carmaker Škoda Auto has just revealed details about, and images of, its first ever fully electric car. The Vision E will combine SUV and coupe elements, travel up to 550 kilometres on one charge-up and be capable of a significant level of autonomous driving.
Employees of the second-biggest carmaker in the Czech Republic, Huyndai, will get a pay rise of around 12 percent, the company’s spokesman Petr Vaněk told the Czech News Agency on Tuesday. The deal is part of a collective agreement signed by the unions and representatives of the company’s management. Last year, blue collar workers in Hyundai made on average 34,500 crowns. The average wage in the Moravian-Silesian region, where the plant is located, was around 25,200 crowns last year.
Pending minister for industry and trade, Jiří Havlíček, has followed in the footsteps of his predecessor with a brewing dispute with finance minister and ANO leader, Andrej Babiš. Havlíček said after his meeting with the head of state that he would oppose a proposal for the Ministry of Finance’s company Prisko to make a bid to take over insolvent hard coal mining company OKD. Havlíček said that one of the industry ministry’s companies, Diamo, was much more suitable for the job. Diamo has been used to mastermind the rundown of the country’s uranium mining activities and follow up clean up operations. The Cabinet earlier this year opposed a proposal that Diamo purchase OKD for a token one crown.
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