Prague airport’s second terminal was closed temporarily on Monday morning after unauthorised individuals were detected in a secure area. Police were called in to check passengers and some flights were reportedly delayed by several hours. The problem was cause by human error when some passengers from outside the European passport-free Schengen area were mixed up with passengers from the zone. Terminal two is only used for Schengen zone flights.
The Czech competition watchdog has imposed a fine on the country’s biggest importer and distributor of natural gas. RWE Transgas was fined 10 billion crowns for abusing its dominant market position. The office said that the company overcharged around 80,000 customers. The company admitted the fault and said it would not appeal. RWE Transgas is currently contesting a previous record fine of 240 million crowns imposed by the competition office in 2007 for abusing its dominant position.
Less than four out of 10 Czechs trust trade unions according to a poll carried out by the STEM agency. The survey showed 37 percent of Czechs trusted unions, the lowest level since 2003. The agency said the fall in trust was partly caused by the economic crisis and high unemployment and the overall distrust of political institutions. Faith in trades unions peaked in the second half of the 1990’s when around half of population said they had confidence in them. The latest poll was carried out in June with 1,282 people questioned.
A Czech film producer who has been detained by Indian authorities for allegedly organising human trafficking to Europe is the innocent victim of a fraud, the local Czech embassy has said. The Czech has been imprisoned in connection with a local investigation into an Indian company that used film making as a cover for illegal immigration. The Czech producer was sent to open negotiations about cooperation with the company. An Indian court is now waiting to decide if the Czech is an innocent victim or was involved in human trafficking.
The newly-installed chairman of the Czech and Moravian Football
Association, Ivan Hašek, said on Monday that he would immediately launch
talks with Slavia Prague about recruiting manager Karel Jarolím as manager
of the national team.
Hašek said he would like the manager of the league champions to take up
the post full-time but added that this would be difficult to achieve.
Jarolím has in the past expressed interest in juggling both club and
national jobs. Slavia Prague later said it was willing to talk about
Jarolím becoming part-time national manager.
The contract with current manager František Straka expires at the end of June. Straka was bought in by previous football association bosses after Petr Rada was sacked in April following a string of poor results which have endangered Czech qualification for the next World Cup.
Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of southern Bohemia on Sunday. The
region’s governor declared a state of danger, the second highest level of
alert. Swollen rivers flooded several municipalities; some 400 people have
been evacuated while hundreds of households have been cut off from
electricity supplies. South Bohemia is the second region of the Czech
Republic hit by flash floods in the past few days. On Thursday, parts of
northern and central Moravia were flooded; thirteen people died in the
floods while the costs of the damages have been estimated at more than two
Meteorologists warn that rains will continue into the next week, keeping the east and southwest of the country on flood warning until Wednesday.
In related news, Prague’s emergency council decided on Sunday to erect anti-flood barriers to protect the city’s historic centre from flooding. A low, level one flood warning will remain in place for the Vltava River until mid-week. The Czech capital was heavily hit by floods in 2002; a new anti-flood system was put in place to prevent any such disaster in the future.
The Czech government is ready to increase the deficit of the state budget in order to help people affected by the floods, Deputy Prime Minister Martin Barták told Czech TV on Sunday. Mr Barták said however that the cabinet would first look into other ways of providing assistance to the devastated areas. The government has so far granted 99 million crowns, or more than 5.3 million US dollars, of relief funds to those affected by floods in northern Moravia and southern Bohemia. Czech army has also sent 1,000 troops to help with the clean-up.
A conference on Holocaust era assets, which started in Prague on Friday,
has called for assistance to impoverished survivors of the Shoa. The leader
of the US delegation, Stuart Eizenstat, said on Sunday that “ten of
thousands” of Holocaust survivors living in the United States, Central
Europe and Israel, suffer from poor social conditions. Mr Eizenstat
suggested some of the assets from heirless property whose owners died in
the genocide should be used to provide assistance to the needy survivors.
The five-day conference is the last major event of the Czech EU presidency. It was launched on Friday by Nobel Peace Prize winner and concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel. A declaration is to be signed by the Czech EU Presidency and EU Commission concerning education about the WWII genocide of European Jews, care of survivors and preservation of monuments linked to the Holocaust.
The Czech foreign minister, Jan Kohout, has welcomed the NATO-Russia agreement on resuming military cooperation. Mr Kohout considers the agreement, reached at Saturday’s NATO-Russia Council session on the Greek island of Corfu, to be a breakthrough in mutual relations. NATO-Russia relations were suspended last year following the Russian invasion of Georgia. While both sides have different views on the issue, the Czech foreign minister said the agreement would enable further cooperation in combating terrorism and nuclear proliferation.