Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka met with EU Commission's chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, in Prague on Wednesday. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Sobotka said he and Mr Barnier agreed on the priorities in Brexit negotiations with the European Union. He said Great Britain must guarantee all four freedoms, including freedom of movement, if it wants access to the single market. The ‘four freedoms’ of the European Union are the freedom of movement of goods, people, services and capital over borders.
Israeli company has won a tender for the supply of mobile radars for the Czech military, Defence Minister Martin Stropnický informed on Wednesday. The eight radars, which should replace the outdated Soviet technology, are expected to cost 2.9 billion crowns. The Czech Army should receive them by the end of 2021. Another three companies from France, Britain and Sweden have also taken part in the tender. The 3D radio-locators will be partly produced in the Czech Republic, the minister has said.
A receipt lottery will become part of the electronic cash register system, the government’s spokesman Martin Ayrer confirmed on his Twitter account on Wednesday. The Finance Ministry plans to launch the receipt lottery in order to encourage consumers’ assistance in fighting tax evasion. The lottery will be launched in mid-2017 and is expected to distribute up to 65 million crowns a year in winnings.
Czech and Romanian police officers have busted a gang of Romanian women traffickers who operated in Prague, Czech Radio reported on Wednesday. The gang allegedly made more than 87,000 euros, several thousand US dollars and around one and a half million crowns since 2015 by forcing Romanian women into prostitution. The seven men are suspected of being involved in large-scale human trafficking across the whole of Europe.
Irish musicologist and organ player Patrick Devine will receive the award of the Czech Music Council in Prague on Wednesday. Mr Devine, is being recognised for his lifelong research work, education and promotion of Czech music abroad and will be handed the prize at concert at Prague Conservatory as part of the Bohuslav Martinů Days.
Miloš Zeman has granted his sixth presidential pardon since being appointed in 2013, his spokesman Jiří Ovčáček told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday. The recipient of the pardon is a man charged with property crime and is a repeat offender who suffers from a serious form of cancer. Prior to his election President Zeman said he would only grant pardons in very exceptional cases and transferred the power to conduct clemency reviews to the minister of justice, saying he regarded it as an unnecessarily monarchical element of the constitution.
Two percent of Czechs, mostly senior citizens, do not celebrate Christmas at all and three percent only from time to time, according to a survey carried out by GfK market research institute. Among the most common Christmas custom held by Czechs is visiting relatives, decorating the Christmas tree or singing Christmas carols. This year, some 31 percent of people plan to go to the Midnight Mass, the survey suggests. Some eight percent of people plan to spend more than 10,000 crowns on Christmas gifts this year.
President Miloš Zeman, who is on a two-day official visit to Portugal, has
met with his Portuguese counterpart Marcel de Sousa. The two heads of state
discuss migration crisis and agreed on the necessity to reform the EU.
According to Mr.Zeman, the reform could be initiated by smaller EU member
states, such as the Czech Republic and Portugal. He also said Europe needs
to better protect its outer borders and help immigrants in their home
On Thursday the Czech president is scheduled to attend the Czech-Portuguese business forum and open an exhibition on Charles IV at St George’s Castle in Lisbon.
A group of Czechs who wished to visit the French Riviera accidentally ended up in Serbia, Novinky.cz reported, citing Slovak news site topky.sk. The four had believed they had bought tickets to Nice and didn’t discover that they hadn’t until their plane from Bratislava landed in the Serbian city of Niš, according to the website. It said the four, two couples, had been surprised that it was so cold and damp when their Ryanair flight landed.