A walking trail along the river Lužnice in South Bohemia has received a
Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe certificate, handed by the European
Ramblers’ Association. It is the Czech Republic’s first walking route
to secure this label.
The Leading Quality Trails are selected according to a number of criteria, including marking, signposting and network with other walking trails, as well as services for walkers along the trail or access points for transport.
The 55-kilometre trail runs through a popular tourist region in the vicinity of the historical town of Tábor. There are currently 19 walking trails in Europe bearing the Leading Quality Trails certificate.
The average gross monthly salary in the Czech Republic increased by 6.9
percent in the third quarter of this year to CZK 33,697, according to data
released by the Czech Statistics Office on Wednesday.
In real terms, taking into account inflation, wages increased by 4 percent.
However, two thirds of employees earn less than the average wage.
The median wage, a midway between the highest and the lowest levels, was CZK 29,549, up by 6.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Some percent of employees earned wages between CZK 15 680 and CZK 52 531.
Václav Marhoul’s film The Painted Bird has been nominated for a
Satellite Award, presented by the International Press Academy. The winners
should be announced in February 2020.
The film, which premiered in Venice this year, was selected in the International Motion Picture category alongside the Korean Parasite of the Spanish Pain and Glory.
The Painted Bird was also selected as the Czech Republic’s official Oscar entry in the international feature film category.
The European Commission audit, which finds Czech Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš to be in a conflict of interest over EU subsidies paid to the
Agrofert holding he founded and placed in a trust fund two years ago, asks
the Czech Republic to pay back close to CZK 284 million (around EUR 11
million) of funding provided by the EU to Agrofert, Czech Radio’s news
site iRozhlas reported on Tuesday, basing the information on a passage of
the confidential document that iRozhlas has managed to secure.
Some media outlets say they have already managed to secure the audit. According to Deník N and the investigative site Neovlivní, Czechia will have to pay back 100 percent of the funding which Adrofert received after February 9, 2017 – the day that new legislation on conflict of interest, sometimes known as “Lex Babiš”, was put into use. The grand total, the two papers say, encompases mistakes committed in the payouts of specific subsidies and is therefore around CZK 451 million. Some politicians have said that the Czech state should try to claim this money from Agrofert.
Three quarters of Czechs are planning to gift at least one of their friends or relatives a book for Christmas, according to a survey conducted by polling agency STEM/MARK for Czech Television. Most usually they are gifted by women and people who have achieved high school education. Meanwhile households with an income lower than CZK 20,000 do not tend to buy books for Christmas. Especially popular are so-called interactive books, which require participation and interaction by the reader, and scrapbooks, Czech Television reports.
The Czech Republic should consider prohibiting physical punishment in children, ombudswoman Anna Šabatová said at a conference marking the 30 anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Tuesday. Asked to comment by the Czech News Agency, the Government Commissioner for Human Rights Helena Válková said she would be in favour of the prohibition, depending on its legal formulation. Currently the use of physical punishment on children is completely prohibited in 23 EU states.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's ANO Party, which is currently the
largest group in the lower-house of Czech Parliament, has agreed to discuss
the European Commission audit, which allegedly finds Mr. Babiš in a
conflict of interest, in the Chamber of Deputies on Thursday morning, the
news site of Czech daily Deník N reports. The news follows the meeting of
five opposition parties earlier in the day which agreed to push for the
audit to be discussed at a plenary session of the Chamber.
It is as of yet unclear whether this will be a private or public discussion, since the audit is confidential.
The Pirate Party has asked the European Commission to reconsider the classified status of the audit which has allegedly found Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to be in a conflict of interest over EU subsidies paid to the Agrofert holding he founded and placed in a trust fund two years ago, Deník N’s news site reported on Tuesday. The chairman of the Pirates Ivan Bartoš also said that Prague City Hall, which is currently led by a mayor from the Pirate Party, has commissioned a legal opinion on the consequences of publicising the European Commission audit.
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