The Prague Municipal Court has ruled that the office of the Czech president must disclose information about its employees´ pay and bonuses. The information had been sought by the daily Lidové noviny for nearly a year, particularly regarding the pay of President Vaclav Klaus´s controversial secretaries Ladislav Jakl and Petr Hajek, however the office insisted it was not authorised to provide the information. The Municipal Court ruled that the employees in question were important officials in leading posts, and people had the unchallengeable right to information about their wages. The office has 15 day to provide the information to Lidové noviny and cover court expenses of 3000 crowns.
The Supreme Audit Office has discovered irregularities in the use of EU funds in Prague that may lead to certain projects going unpaid. According to the office’s report, released Monday, some of the recipients made mistakes in selection procedures while others were found to have violated budgetary discipline. He auditors focused on the “Prague Adaptability” operational programme in which roughly 3.25 billion crowns were earmarked for investment in professional education, social integration and modernising education in 2013. The office has criticised Prague City Hall for both running and auditing the programme. Some of the findings were transferred to the financial authorities, which may impose fines.
In this edition of our Sunday Music Show, we’ll hear songs inspired by the Czech capital, its beauty, its people and some of the events that took place there. Throughout the centuries, many writers, painters and other artists have been captured by the city’s charm but in our show today, we will listen to songs by foreign artists including Nick Cave, British Sea Power, Slayer, Joaquin Sabina, Vladimir Troshin, and others.
Traffic and public transport at Prague’s Letná will see restrictions that began on Saturday as major road, tram line, and sidewalk repairs get underway. Letná tunnel will closed to motorists for a number of weeks. The extensive renovation project will last throughout – and should be completed by the end of - the summer holidays.
Three Czech students reached the final round in an international competition (Social Impact Award) recognizing socially-beneficial projects, idnes reports. The three – all students at Charles University – came up with a project called Pragulic (a play on the word Prague and the Czech word for street), by which homeless people could give foreign tourists somewhat atypical tours of Prague: namely of areas they know well. The students behind the project say they want to begin looking for reliable candidates soon. Similar projects already exist in London and Munich, the daily notes.
Traffic and public transport at Prague’s Letná will see restrictions beginning on Saturday as major road, tram line, and sidewalk repairs get underway. Letná tunnel will closed to motorists for a number of weeks. The extensive renovation project - as a whole – will continue through the summer holidays.
A number of commemorative events are being held in the Czech capital on
the occasion of the 70-year anniversary of the assassination of Gestapo
chief and governor of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard
Heydrich. An exhibition that opened in Prague’s Libeň neighborhood on
Saturday gives insight into the training of the resistance fighters who
killed the Nazi leader, as well as everyday life during that era.
Sunday marks the 70-year-anniversary of Operation Anthropoid, the targeted killing of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich. The operation was carried out in Prague on May 27, 1942. British-trained Czech commandos parachuted into the Nazi-held protectorate and severely injured Heydrich by tossing a bomb into his car. He died as a result from the injuries suffered in the attack. The Gestapo chief's assassination became a symbol of Czech independence and was later hailed as an important moment in the resistance movement. His death led to a wave of revenge acts, including the Lidice massacre.
Prague City Hall officials on Thursday evicted all persons on the premises of a strip club near Prague’s Wenceslas Square and closed the venue down. In recent weeks, the club had become the focus of media attention because it introduced display windows with semi-nude dancers. Town hall officials have said that it is not clear whether the owner has permission to use the building as a strip club. The owner had been asked to present such documentation in mid-May.
Banned 1954 documentary on Tibet returns to cinemas
Prague to finish reconstructing Kafka’s house in May
Underwater remains of Prague’s first bridge explored by researchers
EU space programme set for major expansion in Prague
David Černý’s CyberDog: an (educational) ‘nuts and bolt’ tour of Europe’s first robotic wine bar