The Czech Republic is the only new EU member state to receive more foreign
workers than it posts abroad, suggests an analysis on labour mobility
published on the government’s website on Tuesday. The report indicates
that in 2014, Czech companies sent 10,400 workers to other states, while
the Czech Republic received 17,200 foreign workers.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, along with his Slovak and Austrian counterparts, is set to discuss the EU directive on posting of workers with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting in Salzburg next week.
The demolition of a building on the corner of Wenceslas Square and Opletalova Street in the centre of Prague has been completed. The building, which dates from 1880, was knocked down despite opposition by preservationists, who said it was unacceptable from the perspective of monument preservation. A construction of a new office building in place of the old one is set to start next year.
The number of employers offering part time jobs is increasing, according to a survey carried out by BDO, one of the world’s largest accountancy networks. At the moment, nearly every second large firm in the Czech Republic offers the option of part-time work. The Czech Republic has for a long-time had one of the lowest levels of part-time work in the EU. According to the Czech Statistical Office, there are currently 5.5 percent of Czechs working part-time.
Management of the Šumava National park has issued a ban on public access
to parts of the park following heavy storms over the weekend, which felled
hundreds of trees. According to the park’s authorities, there is a danger
of more trees falling.
The area most affected by the storms is in the southern part of the park in the region of Prachatice, where there are many paths and cycling routes. The clean-up operation is expected to take weeks.
The Czech Republic and Jordan on Tuesday agreed to cooperate in a peaceful development of nuclear energy. The agreement was signed on Monday during a visit of Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki to Prague. According to Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, it will enable better cooperation in science and research and allow Czech firms to participate on construction of nuclear reactors in Jordan. During their meeting, the Czech and Jordanian prime ministers have also discussed humanitarian aid, trade and problems in the Middle East.
The Czech Republic’s Constitutional Court has ruled in its recent verdict
that prisoners have right to maintain contact with their children.
The Constitutional Judge overruled a previous verdict issued by a District Court in Brno, which severed ties between a father and his children when the father was imprisoned. It argued that visits to prison would be too traumatic for them. The Constitution Judge stressed in his ruling that prisoners don’t lose their rights to be a parent.
A Czech tourist has drowned in the sea near the Ayia Napa resort in Cyprus on Monday afternoon, the daily Cyprus Mail informed on Tuesday. The 59-year-old Czech was found unconscious by lifeguards in the sea off the Aya Thekla beach. Police have ruled out foul play as no external injuries were detected.
Czechs should learn on Wednesday the precise dates when they should take part in presidential elections. Head of the upper house, the Senate, Milan Štech, says he will announce the dates on Wednesday. The second series of direct presidential elections must take place at the latest by January 19 and 20. A second round follows as a head-off between the best placed candidates from the first round. Current incumbent Miloš Zeman, who triumphed in 2013, has said he will stand again in the elections.
The Czech Republic has the chance to increasingly position itself as Japan’s gateway to the European Union after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, the Ministry of Trade and Industry suggested following a visit by Japan’s Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko. Seko met with his Czech counterpart Jiří Havlíček. The car industry, IT, defence, glassmaking, and food products were identified as areas for possible increased cooperation between the countries. Around 250 Japanese companies have already established themselves in the Czech Republic. Britain was previously one of the major gateways for Japanese investment in Europe.