Prague’s Evropská street remains closed to traffic, with the exception of local trams, after a sinkhole five metres deep collapsed a section of the road on Sunday. Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda told Czech Radio on Monday the incident was in all likelihood not related to construction of a new metro tunnel 12 metres below the surface. Construction there is being conducted by Metrostav which in the past was linked to a number of similar incidents in the city. Prague's Evropská street connects the centre of Prague with Ruzyně international airport and is one of the city’s most heavily-used routes. Buses and cars should be allowed back by the end of the week.
Prague's Evropská street connecting the centre of the city with Ruzyně international airport has been closed for traffic on Sunday after a large sinkhole appeared there on Sunday. The crater of around four metres across and five metres deep, and the police closed the street in both directions, warning that traffic jams could form in neighbouring streets. It's not clear what caused the road's surface to collapse.
Prague authorities are planning to re-examine all taxi drivers in their knowledge of the capital next year, the ČTK news agency reported on Saturday quoting draft legislation. Cab drivers with valid licenses will also have to pass the tests as the validity of their certification will be cut short by the bill. The planed move has been criticized by the city’s taxi drivers association which says the new legislation will do nothing to limit the numbers of illegal drivers.
The City of Prague has decided to considerably limit its partnership activities in cultural events, providing support instead through grants. According to the decision of the city council, as of next year, 90% of cultural funding will be distributed through grants based on selections procedures assessed by specialists. The system of partnership has often been criticised because it requires no such assessment. A total of 100 million crowns will be transferred from partnership to grant funds.
The Habsburg Emperor Rudolf II left a deep mark in Czech history. Various legends and myths surround the 16th century ruler who made Prague his imperial seat and whose diverse interests made the city a centre of Renaissance arts and sciences. One monument from his time is hidden beneath the surface of the earth – a water tunnel carved deep into the rock of one of Prague’s hills.
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.
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