Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg is set to meet with his Kosovar counterpart Skender Hyseni next Friday. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the announcement to journalists, but would not disclose any details of the visit. Mr Skender Hyseni is also scheduled to meet other members of the cabinet as well as representatives of the lower house and the senate. It is the first official visit by a politician of the independent Republic of Kosovo to the Czech Republic. The Kosovar foreign minister was invited to Prague by Mr Schwarzenberg. The Czech Republic recognized Kosovo’s independence in May and one month ago opened an embassy in the capital Pristina.
Hundreds of Vietnamese workers are expected to come to the Czech Republic
to fill a labour shortage in the building industry. The workers will be
recruited by job agencies, which have signed a contract with the Czech
Republic’s Association of Building Entrepreneurs. The workers heading to
the Czech Republic will receive a special training, including Czech
Vietnam is becoming an important labour source for the Czech Republic. While at the end of last year about 5,400 Vietnamese were employed in the Czech Republic legally, in the first six months of this year nearly 11,000 arrived to work in the country.
Czech Railways has completely restored the service along the tracks near the town of Studénka, North Moravia, on which a train accident took place last Friday, leaving seven people killed and dozens more injured. The police on Friday filed charges against two civil engineers who were in charge of the reconstruction of a bridge that collapsed onto the rail tracks. The police say the two engineers knew the static of the bridge was impaired and did not take sufficient measures to prevent it from collapsing on the tracks.
New Czech anti-cancer treatment will be tested on 60 people around the US and the Czech Republic, the daily Právo reported. The new anti-cancer medicine, developed by Czech scientist Antonín Holý, could be used in the treatment of patients suffering from lymphatic tissue cancer. It has proved very successful in the treatment of tumours when administered to dogs. If the clinical trials on humans prove to be successful, the new medicine might appear on the market within six to eight years. It will be produced by the US Gilead Sciences company.
The Chateau of Sychrov, north of Prague, hosted the 8th annual Scottish Highland Games on Saturday. The event was organized in cooperation with the British national tourism agency VisitBritain. Visitors could see numerous attractions, such as the fourth Silver Reed International Scottish piping Competition - the only competition of its kind in central Europe, heavyweight athletes or Scottish country dancing and have a taste of Scottish whisky and haggis.
The Czech rider Lukas Pesek came fourteenth in the 250ccm category at the Czech motorcycling Grand Prix in Brno on Sunday. Alex Debon of Spain, riding for Aprilia, came first, followed by his team-mate Alvaro Bautista. Italy’s Marco Simoncelli, who started on pole position, came third. The race was attended by about 200,000 spectators.