The car maker Skoda produced 910,000 vehicles in its three Czech plants in
2019, which represents a year-on-year increase of 2.25 percent, according
to an annual report sent to the ctk news agency.
Overall production was down by 0.9 percent due to a drop in demand on Chinese and Indian markets.
The company’s three Czech plants are in Mladá Boleslav, which manufactured 590,000 cars last year, half of which were the popular Octavias, as well as the Fabia, Scala, Kamiq a Karoq; in Kvasinky which specializes in SUVs and in Vrchlabí which produces car components.
Czechia has substantial deposits of uranium. Radioactive ore was mined here in the second half of the 20th century. Most of it was sent to the former Soviet Union within a dubious deal from which Czechs had little profit. Since the mining operations caused heavy environmental damage and brought little profit to the country, they were gradually phased-out. But there are still uranium deposits that might be exploited in the future.
Trade and Industry Minister Karel Havlíček took over the transport
ministry portfolio on Friday morning, following the dismissal of Vladimir
Kremlík from the post earlier this week.
Minister Havlíček will remain in charge of the Transport Ministry for the remainder of the government’s term in office at the prime minister’s request.
He said on Friday he would be making personnel changes at the ministry and open competitions would be held for all managerial posts. Previous considerations regarding a possible merger of the ministries will not be brought about.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš dismissed Transport Minister Vladimír Kremlík over an overpriced tender to operate a new online system of motorway vignette sales. The 400-million crown deal has been scrapped.
Škoda Auto unions fear partial production of the Fabia model could shift
to Seat, a Spanish subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, with the departure
of that company’s CEO, Luca de Meo.
Production of the Superb model in the Czech Republic is also still in jeopardy, Škoda trade union head Jaroslav Povšík is quoted as in the union weekly, saying it may move to Turkey.
Škoda Auto is the biggest Czech car producer and country’s top exporter. It raised its domestic production by 2.5 percent to 670,156 cars in the first nine months of 2019.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Visegrad Four counterparts met in
Prague on Thursday to discuss energy and climate change with Austrian
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
The V4 summit attended by the Austrian chancellor focussed on energy and EU climate change policy, areas where the positions of Austria and the V4 (which includes Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) differ significantly.
Unlike Austria, the V4 countries say achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is not possible without building more nuclear power plants.Austria does not like the idea that EU money paid to help phase-out coal mining and boost alternate energy sources should be used for nuclear power.
PM Babiš argues that in the interests of “energy security” and ecomomic growth, the Czech Republic must build new nuclear units even if it contravenes European Union law.
The talks also covered EU funding and migration where the heads of government found more common ground.They agreed on the need to fight illegal migration,rejected the idea of obligatory migrant quotas and stressed the importance of defending the EU's outer borders.
Since the talks were held on the anniversary of the death of student martyr Jan Palach, the prime ministers laid flowers at the Palach memorial at the top end of Wenceslas Square where Palach set himself on fire in protest against growing public apathy to the Soviet-led invasion.
The Ministry for Regional Development will amend its proposal for a new
Building Act, Minister Klára Dostálova told Czech Television on Monday
after a meeting with the head of the Association of Towns and Districts.
The decision comes after heavy criticism from the association, which
primarily represents regional officials, as well as remarks from courts
which studied the proposed legislation.
The ministry says it now intends to cut down on the level of centralisation it originally envisaged. Local building authorities at the district level will be preserved, while public works and large construction programmes will be decided on the state level.
The Czech Republic’s year-on-year industrial production figures dropped
by 3.2 percent in November, the Czech Statistics Office reported on Friday.
Unadjusted for working days, the decrease was 5.7 percent.
The development was affected mainly by lower production of motor vehicles,
other transport equipment and machinery.
The country’s external balance in good ended in a surplus of CZK 10.2 billion, which was by 6.9 billion lower than in the previous year.
Exports decreased year-on-year by 6.2% to CZK 325.5 billion, while imports fell by 4.4% to CZK 315.4 billion.
Sales of hybrid cars in the Czech Republic increased by 73 percent last
year to over 8,300 vehicles, while the country’s automobile market
dropped by four percent. Sales of electric cars increased by three percent
to 636 vehicles.
The share of hybrid vehicles combining a petrol or diesel engine with a battery and electric motor on overall car sales currently amounts to over 3.3 percent, according to data released by the Car Importers Association on Thursday.
The highest number of hybrids, over 4,000, was sold by Toyota, followed by Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Czech car-maker Škoda sold 85 of its Superb iV plug-in hybrids last year.
Associations representing the interests of towns and municipalities have
called on Minister for Regional Development Klára Dostálová (ANO) to
withdraw the current draft bill for a new Building Act. A completely new
proposal needs to be created as the legislation is so bad, the Chairman of
the Union of Towns and Municipalities František Lukl said in a press
release issued on Monday together with the Association for Rural Renewal.
Mrs Dostálová has not yet commented on the statement.
The draft Building Act has elicited criticism in the media as well. In October, it was described as a de-facto privatization of the legislative process which plays into the hand of developers, in the weekly magazine Respekt.
The situation at the Czech Republic’s internationally known Zetor tractor company has been stabilised following major layoffs announced last year. The downsizing and clearing of inventory proved effective and the company will even make a small number of fresh hires in the coming year, Czech Television reported.
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