The Ministry of Culture has approved plans to auction off the dilapidated
historic Veleslavín Chateau in Prague on November 30, with the minimum
sale price set at CZK 382 million.
The Baroque chateau dates back to 1725 and was built for Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg, the Holy Roman Empress. It includes a historic park spread out over three hectares. The site was last renovated in 1986.
The main building of the chateau complex currently houses a private medical facility, but that contract expires in December. The Municipality of Prague had expressed interest in buying the chateau via a direct sale.
Some 400 Czech households are still without electricity following
windstorms that hit the county on Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
A spokesperson for the state-controlled utility ČEZ said the majority of affected households are located in the regions of North Moravia and East Bohemia. Up to 60,000 homes had been left at least temporarily without electricity.
The highest wind speed recorded was registered in the Sněžka Mountains, where it reached 178 kilometres per hour.
A wind warning is in effect on Thursday for the regions of Pardubice, Vysočina, Liberec, Jablonec and Znojmo.
The Association of Czech Taxi Drivers (SČT) plans to stage a protest in
Prague in a bid to have the Road Transport Act amended so as to level the
playing field with services such as Uber and Taxify, association chairman
Petr Polišenský told the Czech News Agency.
Uber signed a deal with Czech tax authorities committing its drivers to registering their earnings using electronic cash registers from later this year. However, the country’s taxi drivers want a firmer approach to such similar operators.
The protest will take place from November 13-16. Polišenský declined to say whether the union planned to block traffic or increase congestion by driving slowly en masse, both tactics employed in earlier protests against Uber and Taxify.
The Education Ministry has earmarked 310 million crowns to support
cooperation between Czech and American researchers.
The money will go to 46 selected research projects selected in a public tender announced in March under the Inter-Excellence programme, which promotes cooperation between research centres in the two countries.
Originally, the ministry had set aside 250 million crowns in support, but raised it due to the high number of deserving, quality projects, a deputy minister said.
Czech women’s tennis team captain Petr Pála has announced the line-up
for the upcoming Fed Cup final against defending champions the United
Leading the Czech team will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová and Karolína Plíšková, both ranked among the world’s Top Ten in singles.
For the doubles team, Pála selected Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Strýcová for the best-of-five series on indoor hardcourt at the O2 Arena in Prague from November 10-11.
Charles University is the third-best institution of higher education in
Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to a ranking
published by the British educational society Quacquarelli Symonds.
The Prague-based university, founded in 1348, is on par with the State University of St. Petersburg and ranked below two other Russian universities: Lomonosov Moscow State University and Novosibirsk State University.
Ranked ninth and eleventh, respectively, are the Technical University of Prague (ČVUT) and Masaryk University of Brno. In total, eight Czech universities or colleges are in the Top 100.
Former minister of defence Martin Stropnický is leaving for Israel, where
he will serve as Czech ambassador. His immediate main task will be to open
a new Czech House in Jerusalem and prepare for a visit by President Miloš
Mr. Stropnický told Czech Television that the Prague government could, and did, explain some of Israel’s positions to the rest of the European Union. The former cabinet member quit his seat in the lower house earlier this month.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, said preparations were being made for intergovernmental talks between the Czech Republic and Israel in Prague next year. The two countries have long had close ties.
The minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček, plans major investment in the
country’s police force, iHned.cz reported on Wednesday. The Social
Democrats leader has secured over CZK 5.5 million for his ministry for next
year alone and intends to put some of that money into new police stations,
hundreds of cars and helicopters, while more hires will also be made.
It will be the largest investment in the police for a decade and could even exceed the amount poured into the force by Ivan Langer, when he was interior minister under prime minister Mirek Topolánek, the news website said.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says the service life of the
Dukovany nuclear power plant could be extended by a decade. That would cost
CZK 20 billion, compared to building a new nuclear unit, which would cost
around 10 times that amount, he said.
Dukovany was previously expected to keep operating until 2035. Keeping it running for another 10 years would mean the Czech government would not have to decide now on how to fund the expansion of nuclear plants operated by state-controlled company CEZ.
CEZ is reluctant to launch a tender without state guarantees for the massive investments. However, Mr. Babiš argues that the power giant can handle the project on its own.
The minister of industry and trade, Marta Nováková, was quoted on Tuesday as saying that the government may postpone a decision on whether to force CEZ to construct new reactors at the country’s second nuclear power station, Temelín.
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