Czech construction companies believe they have emerged from the worst and are looking for confirmation in 2015 that this is the case. Although some companies in the slimmed down sector say they are operating at near capacity, they argue that more could be done to speed up the throughput of public tenders.
Municipalities around the country are debating the future of water and wastewater management as long-term contracts with foreign firms are due to expire. Within the next five years contracts on water management servicing two million people around the country will expire and city halls need to make a decision on whether to call new tenders or take over the management of this lucrative business themselves.
On the same day the results of a new poll commissioned by the Environment Ministry suggested that only 4 in 10 occasionally buys organic food, there was news that billionaire and real estate magnate Radovan Vítek had bought the company Spojené farmy. According to the Czech daily Mladá fronta Dnes, through the deal the businessman gained control of more than 20 bio farms and 20 thousand hectares of arable or agricultural land in northern Bohemia. The move will make him one of the biggest players on the market.
The all-new Škoda Fabia supermini made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday. The latest Fabia model offers a younger, sportier look, a spacier interior, new steering and suspension technology, engines shared with the current Volkswagen Polo and a number of safety and communication elements that have so far been available only in higher-class cars.
The lower house of Parliament has approved the abolition of direct payments in health care, introduced by the former centre-right government. Under the new bill, patients will no longer be required to pay 30 crowns (almost 2 US dollars) for every visit to the doctor or a 30 crown fee for medical prescriptions in pharmacies. The only fee that remains in effect is a 90 crown fee for emergency visits.