The prime minister’s ANO party is still way ahead of political rivals in
public support ratings, despite the scandals surrounding its leader, Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš.
A November survey indicates that the party would win general elections collecting 30.5 percent of the vote.
The centre-right Pirate Party and the Civic Democrats would come second, both with 12.5 percent of the vote, while the Social Democrats, the Communist Party and the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party would each get 7.5 percent.
TOP 09, the Christian Democrats and the Mayors and Independents would only just cross the 5 percent threshold needed to win seats in the lower house.
Prague City Hall, which received a copy of the EC audit into Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš’ alleged conflict of interest has said it will not make the
The audit is marked confidential, but Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said earlier the City Council would talk to lawyers about the possibility of making it public. There has been growing pressure for this to be done across the political scene.
According to the weekly Respekt, which citied two independent sources close to the Commission, the Czech prime minister has a conflict of interest and the Czech Republic will have to return millions of crowns in EU funds as a result.
The lower house of Parliament on Wednesday approved the 2020 state budget,
with a projected CZK 40 billion crown deficit.
The budget was passed by 108 votes in the 200-member lower house, winning approval from the governing coalition of ANO and the Social Democrats, as well as the Communist Party. The opposition MPs voted against the bill.
The budget forecasts state expenditures of CZK 1.618 billion and revenues of CZK 1.578 billion. After winning approval of the lower house, it will have to be signed into law by the president.
The anti-government protest movement Million Moments for Democracy plans to
hold another series of protests before year’s end, following a decision
by Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman to renew the prosecution of Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš over his alleged abuse of EU funds.
The Million Moments initiative has held protests against the prime minister since the end of April, when the police proposed that he be charged with EU subsidy fraud, demanding the resignation of both the Prime Minister and Justice Minister Marie Benešová.
The last demonstration organised by Million Moments took place at Prague’s Letná plain on November 16, attracting some 300,000 people.
Following the decision of the Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman to renew
investigation into whether the Prime Minister Andrej Babiš illegally
acquired two million euros in EU subsidies for his Stork’s Nest complex a
decade ago, opposition party leaders are urging Mr Babiš to step down from
Head of the Civic Democratic Party, Petr Fiala said Mr Babiš should leave the post of prime minister until the matter is resolved.
According to Marek Výborný, head of the Christian Democrats, in any civilised country, the prime minister would resign from his post.
Pirate Party leader Ivan Bartoš and STAN chairman Vít Rakušan have also called on the ANO leader to step down.
A historical T3 tram covered with revolutionary posters from 1989 will be
running through Prague over the course of next month, commemorating the
30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the first free elections in
The historical tram from the early 1960s will be running along the city’s nostalgia line through Charles Square and past Prague Castle.
A similar tram covered with revolutionary posters and signs was used by the late president Václav Havel during his first presidential campaign following the Velvet Revolution.
Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman has rejected a decision by the Prague
state attorney, a subordinate, to halt the criminal investigation into
whether Prime Minister Andrej Babiš illegally acquired two million euros
in EU subsidies for his Stork’s Nest complex a decade ago.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Zeman said the case of Prime Minister Babiš and his close business associate Jana Mayerová would be returned to the Prague State Attorney’s office, while the investigation of Mr Babiš family members would be definitively halted.
Mr. Babiš is suspected of having manipulated the status of the farm and hotel compound in order to acquire an EU grant intended to support small and medium-sized businesses.
The Prague State Attorney’s Office in September halted the four-year-long investigation of Mr Babiš and members of his family, justifying the decision by saying that at the time of receiving the subsidy, the Stork’s Nest centre fulfilled the respective conditions to meet the grant.
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.
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