More than a third of Prague car owners prefer to use public transport in
the city and only use their car for travelling outside the capital,
according to a survey carried out by the STEM / MARK agency for the
car-sharing company Anytime. They are mostly put off by parking problems
and the high costs of owning a car.
Around six percent of Prague drivers have already tried a car-sharing service, the survey suggests, and another 24 percent are considering it. There are currently several car-sharing companies operating in Prague, including Car4Way, Autonapůl and Anytime, which is one of the world’s largest providers of car-sharing.
One of the two German citizens, who were accused of spray-painting graffiti
on Charles Bridge earlier this year pleaded guilty to the charges at a
hearing in a Prague court on Thursday.
Niclas Steiger, one of the two brothers caught by police in June spraying a logo on the stone bridge support said he wasn’t aware that the wall was part of the famous 14th century monument.
The two men, aged 23 and 30, were expelled from the Czech Republic and fined 100,000 crowns. They face jail sentences of up to three years on charges of damage to property.
More than 600 Charles University students, graduates and employees have
called on its rector Tomáš Zima to step down over a controversial
partnership agreement with consumer lender Home Credit.
Under the cooperation agreement, Home Credit, which is part of the PPF Group controlled by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner, was to give Charles University half a million crowns annually. Following a wave of criticism, the company withdrew from the deal.
“The incident clearly shows that the rector of Charles University failed in negotiating the deal with Home Credit and put the university’s good name at risk,” the academics wrote in an open letter addressed to the Academic Senate, which is to hold a meeting on Friday.
The Náchod district court has ruled that Pavel Wonka, believed to be the
last Czech political prisoner to have died in prison under Communism, had
been illegally incarcerated.
His brother had filed a lawsuit to have him ‘rehabilitated’ and can now claim damages from the state over the unjustified imprisonment.
Following the verdict on Wednesday, Jiří Wonka told reporters that it was a moral victory and that he had not filed the lawsuit to get compensation.
Pavel Wonka was imprisoned in April 1988 for several weeks and died under unclear circumstances. He had initially been released due to bad health, but a judge sent him back to prison for another five months.
Wonka was posthumously awarded the Medal of Merit in 2013.
In the interests of “energy security”, the Czech Republic must build
new nuclear units even if it contravenes European Union law, Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš (ANO) said on Wednesday.
Addressing MPs on the Committee on European Affairs, he said both the country’s nuclear power plants of Dukovany and Temelín should be expanded.
Mr Babiš did not specify which EU laws might be violated in the process. Previously, such efforts were scuppered due to provisions regarding state aid.
At Dukovany, in operation since 1985, there are four blocks with a total output of 2040 megawatts. Temelín, put into operation in 2000, has only two blocks, but a total output of 2164 megawatts.
Rules for breeding dogs and commercial “puppy farms” are likely to
An amendment to the Veterinary Act approved by MPs on Wednesday, among other measures, would require breeders of three or more dogs to report their activity, and require all puppies to have ID chips ahead of being sold.
In May, the Czech government amended the Act on the Protection of Animals against Cruelty as part of a crackdown on puppy farms and other commercial pet breeders operating under “unfavourable conditions” or on such a large scale as “to cause suffering or deny dogs and cats their needs”.
MP Monika Červíčková (ANO) had pushed for the chips requirement. Her proposal to explicitly prohibit the operation of shelters that did not cooperate with municipalities in caring for stray and abandoned animals was rejected.
The Museum of Romani Culture has announced an international competition to
design a memorial to Roma victims of the Holocaust at the site of the Lety
concentration camp, where more than 300 Roma men, women and children died
After years of negotiations, the Czech government agreed in 2017 to remove a pig farm built at the site in the 1970s and turn the site into a memorial, which should open by 2023.
Museum director Dr. Jana Horváthová said the winner of the competition should be announced in May 2020. The process of demolishing the now-defunct pig farm will depend on the winning design.
During the first phase of construction, the plan is to develop the area surrounding the current smaller memorial at Lety and create a visitors centre with a small exhibit.
According to Dr. Horváthová, the main exhibits will be located in Prague at a new Centre for Roma and Sinti peoples, which will be part of the Museum.
The Ministry of Defence has received three preliminary bids for its planned
purchase of 210 infantry fighting vehicles, the largest single order in
modern Czech military history, in which price will be the decisive factor.
The ministry said it will review the bids before holding talks with the three European manufacturers – BAE Systems, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) and Rheinmetall Landsysteme.
The companies will then be invited to submit final offers, expected to exceed 50 billion crowns.
When announcing the terms for the tender in May, the ministry had invited four bidders. Germany’s PSM Projekt & System Management decided to submit a bid for its PUMA vehicle.
Apart from price, the amount of production and servicing that will take place in conjunction with VOP CZ, a state enterprise run by the ministry, is also key.
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