The Ministry of Industry and Trade improperly used some 1.2 million crowns
of EU funds to pay for employee social events characterised as
“educational seminars”, according to a Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ)
The EU funds came from the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness (OP EIC).
NKÚ inspectors assessed the Ministry’s funding of social events using EU funds as a breach of budgetary discipline and reported their suspicion to Czech tax authorities.
A Ministry spokesperson said the audit report was out of date, and the programme had been suspended and personnel changes made accordingly.
Czech utility ČEZ’s Temelín nuclear power plant has disconnected a unit
from the grid due to turbine vibrations, very likely caused by a drop in
The unit (no.1) was running at 30 percent power on Monday morning. ČEZ said checks would take place today and again after the turbine has cooled and the reactor stopped.
Home Credit, the consumer lender backed by Czech billionaire Petr
Kellner’s PPF group, is likely to delaying its $1.5 billion Hong Kong
initial public offering to next year, Bloomberg reports.
Home Credit was targeting a market capitalization of as much as $11 billion, but some investors it approached thought the company should be valued at even half that, the news agency said, citing unnamed sources.
Kellner, the richest man in the Czech Republic, in February scrapped a plan to sell Home Credit’s Czech and Slovak businesses to rival Moneta Money Bank.
The Czech Army is commemorating Veterans’ Day on Monday with ceremonies
throughout the country honouring those who have served in uniform, with
some making the ultimate sacrifice.
The main event, which includes a wreath-laying ceremony, is to be held at the National Memorial on Vítkov Hill in Prague. On Náměstí míru square, the Czech Army is also exhibiting helicopters and other military equipment.
Deputy Minister of Defence Kateřina Blážková is to bestow honours on eight personalities, including soldiers in active service, veterans, and those who fought for national liberation, several in memoriam.
The Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS) has confirmed a fine
of 8.34 million crowns against Booking.com over its contracts with hotels
and other accommodation providers.
The ÚOHS said that by obliging hotels to offer more favourable rates to people using Booking.com than they could through competing portals, the company had engaged in anti-competitive practices.
The Pilsen regional court has begun proceedings in a large-scale insurance
fraud case involving two doctors and seven insurance agents from northern
According to the case file, the doctors submitted false medical reports and in collaboration with the insurance agents collected tens of millions of crowns for treating fictional injuries or illnesses.
Monday is the 30th anniversary of the start of protests in Teplice, North
Bohemia that took place just days before the Prague demonstration that
sparked the Velvet Revolution. People chanted “We want to live!” in
response to appalling pollution that frequently left the industrial city
covered by a blanket of noxious air.
The environmental protests, which were initially called by a teenage apprentice, led to clashes with the police, who used a water cannon in a bid to disperse the crowd. They ran from November 11 to 13.
The Czech national football squad gathered in Prague on Monday ahead of
their final two qualifying games to reach the 2020 European Championship.
Trainer Jaroslav Šilhavý’s charges will face Kosovo at home on Thursday
before taking on Bulgaria away three days later.
The Czechs, who are without injured striker Patrik Schick, are at present three points behind leaders England and one point ahead of Kosovo in their qualifying group.
The Czech Republic’s European Commissioner, Věra Jourová, has come out
against a statement by French President Emanuel Macron that NATO is
“brain dead”. Speaking on Czech Television on Sunday, Ms. Jourová said
everything that caused the Kremlin to celebrate should be eschewed, adding
that she the European Union must make itself heard more within NATO.
Speaking on the same programme, the Czech former chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Petr Pavel, said Mr. Macron’s words had disrupted unity within the alliance.
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