Police have evacuated Terminal 2 at Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague after receiving a bomb threat in the early evening on Thursday, the news site idnes.cz reported. All outgoing flights have been cancelled until further notice;incoming flights are being directed to Terminal 1. The grounds are being searched by explosives experts.
CzechInvest, the state agency for encouraging foreign investment, last year brokered investments totalling 64 billion crowns in the Czech Republic. That’s around 20 billion crowns more than in 2015. The number of new investment projects totalled 16 with the remaining 84 focused on expansion of existing companies. The biggest investors came from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and the US. Around 12,100 new jobs are estimated to depend on the new investment. Around a quarter of the new projects covered the high-tech sector.
A regional court in Brno has confirmed a 40 million crown fine on energy company RWE for abuse of its dominant position. The case goes back 10 years when a fine was imposed on the German-based company by the Czech competition office for giving preferential terms to its gas distribution companies. The fine was later cut by the office from the original 240 million crowns. RWE can still launch a last ditch appeal at the Supreme Administrative Court.
Czech police detained 5261 illegal foreigners last year. That’s a drop of just over 3300 compared with the situation in 2015 during the height of the refugee crisis. Just under a third of those detained came from Ukraine. They were followed by citizens from Russia, Kuwait, and Vietnam. Syrians occupied fifth place but their numbers in 2016 were around half of those in 2015.
The Czech Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, expects around a quarter of its production to be electric vehicles or hybrids by 2025 with the manufacturing likely centred on its Mladá Boleslav plant. That prediction was given by Škoda Auto’s board chairman Bernhard Maier at a meeting between top car company management and members of the Czech government. Škoda expects to produce its first electric car, probably the top of the range Superb, in 2019 but four or five electric models should be in showrooms within another six years.. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka later said that 1200 charging points for cars should be available by 2020.
Wages in the Czech Republic rose by around 10-15 percent last year with the most significant increases for recent graduates, according to the results of a survey by the personnel agency Hays released on Thursday. Wages of top managers rose only marginally, it said. Some of the strongest rises were in the IT sector with staff shortages apparent nut just in Prague but also regional cities such as Plzeň, Ostrava, and Brno. Staff at service centres who were fluent in at least two foreign languages also saw wages rise by an average of 10-15 percent, the survey said.
Prices of imports rose in December, compared with the same period a year earlier, by 1.5 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the Czech Statistical Office. That’s the first rise in import prices for the last 18 months. It was mainly due to higher oil and food prices. Export prices were down by 0.5 percent. For the whole of 2016, export prices fell 3.1 percent and import prices by 4.0 percent compared with 2015.
The governing council of public broadcaster Czech Television has brought forward the procedure to select a new director so that it will not clash with lower house elections due in October, Applications are invited by March 27 with the successful candidate chosen in a two round procedure over the following weeks. The winner will take up the post at the start of October. Current director Petr Dvořák’s existing mandate expires on September 30. The public broadcaster recently came under fire for its coverage of the US elections for allegedly favouring Hillary Clinton. An analysis of election night coverage sought to refute most of the criticism.