The Czech Republic has the lowest jobless rate in the European Union with vacancies now outstripping the registered unemployed. But moves to attract workers from Ukraine are being hampered by red tape. That sparked a lightning visit last week by the Czech labour minister and a raft of reforms are now promised.
Work on the most complicated section of a rail connection between central Prague and the city’s Václav Havel Airport can go ahead after the withdrawal of a petition against it lodged with the Office for the Protection of Competition, iDnes.cz reported on Thursday. However, it will still be several years before such a link is in place.
The ANO party which is trying to form a coalition government with the Social Democrats, with tacit support from the Communist Party, is preparing changes to the law on electronic cash registers introduced at the start of 2017 as a means of fighting tax-evasion. The third and fourth phase of the project, due to have come into force this year, had to be postponed after the Constitutional Court voiced reservations to some of the measures involved.
The Central Bohemian Office in charge of EU subsidies has called on the present owner of the Stork’s Nest Farm and Hotel Compound, Agrofert’s Imoba company, to return the disputed EU subsidy over which Czech Andrej Babiš faces charges of EU subsidy fraud. The company says it is consulting the request with lawyers.