The vice president of the European Commission, Věra Jourová, has voiced
concerns regarding the rule of law in Poland and Hungary, describing them
as “fragile democracies”.
In an interview for the weekly Der Spiegel she said the so-called reform in Poland had affected all levels of the judiciary and had reached a very dangerous moment, because it could be irreversible. “The Polish reform is being carried out with the help of a crowbar.
In Hungary, this process is more subtle, but broader, because it also applies to the public media," Jourova noted.
Asked if the European Commission has a new strategy to deal with "countries that violate the rule of law," such as Poland or Hungary, the vice president of the EC replied that efforts were being made to solve these problems.
Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková won the 3,000 meters race at the
Calgary World Cup on Friday, strengthening her lead in the overall
standings. The three-time Olympic champion covered the track in 3: 54,936,
which is her personal best this season.
She beat Antoinette de Jong from the Netherlands by 1.24 seconds. Russia’s Natalja Voronin placed third.
The very first Czech Comic-Con, a convention for fans of comic book culture
is drawing thousands of fans to Prague’s O2 Universuum centre.
The convention which focuses on sci-fi, fantasy and horror gives fans the chance to meet the stars of their favourite movies and TV shows,among them Ron Perlman, the American actor, who has been in Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim, Brandon Routh, who played Superman in Superman Returns, Danny John-Jules, who plays Cat in Red Dwarf and Ian McElhinney from Game of Thrones.
The convention opened on Friday and will last through the weekend.
Thousands of people from around the Czech Republic responded to a call for
humanitarian aid to China made by the Moravian town of Třebíč, donating
facemasks, disinfectants, digital thermometers, latex gloves and protective
shoe covers, among others.
Třebíč, which was asked for help by its partner city of Yichang, where hundreds are infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, earmarked 100,000 crowns for the purchase of aid and called on the public to help.
The humanitarian aid will be sent to China on several planes in the coming days.
Prague City Hall wants to name the Prague square Pod kaštany where the
Russian Embassy is located after the murdered opposition leader Boris
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib told the news site Aktualne.cz that the major parties represented in the Prague City Council have voiced support for the move and a vote could take place in the coming weeks.
Pod kaštany square could be officially renamed on February 27, on the fifth anniversary of Nemtsov's killing. The mayor said he hoped that Nemtsov’s daughter would attend the official ceremony.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček was on a one-day working visit
to Manchester on Friday. Mr. Petříček met with Czechs living in Great
Britain to discuss their concerns in connection with Britain’s departure
from the EU.
The Czech Foreign Ministry recently opened a consulate in Manchester in order to give expats and companies additional support in resolving concerns linked to Brexit.
The Czech foreign minister also honoured the memory of Czech and Slovak soldiers killed in WWII who are buried at the Cheadle and Gatley Cemetery south of Manchester.
Meteorologists have issued a gale-force wind warning for Sunday to Tuesday.
The warning is in effect for all regions in Bohemia and parts of Moravia and Silesia where high winds may damage roofs, topple trees and bring down power lines.
People have been advised to secure lighter objects in their yards and gardens. The warning is valid from 6pm on Sunday to Tuesday evening.
The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry is planning to put forward an
amendment to the law which would cut housing allowances to people on the
dole who are not actively looking for work and to parents who do not send
their children to school.
Labour Minister Jana Maláčová said the move is to help the local authorities deal with “problem” citizens. However many local administrations and NGOs working with socially disadvantaged groups have criticized the idea, saying it will make the plight of people living in poverty even worse.
The committee for social affairs in the lower house of Parliament has not
recommended extending employees annual leave from four to five weeks.
The proposal that the law should guarantee a five week leave for all employees came from the Communist Party and only won support from the Social Democrats in the respective committee.
At present all public sector employees have a five week leave and some private companies offer an extra week as a bonus.
According to available statistics about four fifth of all workers enjoy a five week annual leave. Trade unions have been pushing for a five week leave for all, but employers are vehemently against it.
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