Summer may be long gone but it will be a while since this year’s – with a heatwave that lasted forever – is forgotten, not least by potato farmers. Taters wilted under the heat and pickles curled up like a dead witch’s feet. Now Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka had some good news for potato producers: if they post losses of more than 30 percent for 2015, they will be reimbursed.
Between now and 2021 the state will make a total of CZK 27 billion available to Czechs wishing to make their homes more energy efficient. Presenting the New Green Savings scheme on Wednesday, the minister of the environment, Richard Brabec, said homeowners would be able to apply for subsidies at any time over the next six years.
Swiss bank UBS Wealth Management has released the latest figures in its working-time based index revealing how long it takes Czechs, on average, enough to by a Big Mac hamburger from the fast-food franchise McDonalds. According to the figures released, Prague employees have to work three times as long as their counterparts in Berlin.
The world’s two biggest beer producers – AB InBev and SABMiller – have reached a preliminary agreement on a merger worth an estimated 93 billion euros. SABMiller gave the nod to the deal after four previous attempts by the other company; SABMiller is the owner of dozens of breweries worldwide including one of the most famous in the Czech Republic, Pilsner Urquell.