State prosecutor Aleš Kopal is seeking unconditional sentences of between
three and six years in prison for 10 people standing trial in the case of a
collapsed bridge in Studénka in the district of Nový Jíčín in 2008,
which was struck by a passenger train.
Eight people died in the accident, dozens of others were injured and damage amounted to around 180 million crowns. Those charged in the case include civil engineers from the firm contracted with the renovation of the bridge.
The Czech Republic and Slovakia have agreed to initiate a summit in
Bratislava in October to discuss double standards by international food
producers selling foodstuffs of varying quality under the same brand name
across different EU countries. They took the decision at a joint government
meeting in Lednice on Monday.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said that both countries had agreed to take a tough stance on the issue, calling it a serious political problem. Inferior quality of some products in the Czech Republic and other former eastern bloc countries is true not only of some international food brands but also in building materials and some pharmaceutical products.
It will be do or die for the Czech national football team on Monday
evening: the squad will have to beat competitors Northern Ireland to keep
alive the slimmest of hopes of reaching the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
Following a loss against Germany on Friday, the Czechs are currently seven
points behind Northern Ireland, who are in second spot.
In order to keep alive their chances, the Czechs need not only to win on Monday night but also to later defeat San Marino and Azerbaijan. At the same time, Northern Ireland would have to lose not only on Monday but also against Germany and Norway for the Czechs to go ahead.
Czech climber Adam Ondra raised the bar in sport climbing in Norway on
Sunday, completing a climb which could be rated 9c, which would make it the
most difficult in the world. The 24-year-old Ondra had prepared for the
climb, which took place at Flatanger cave, for a month. He had been back to
Norway seven times.
The climber bolted the route of the climb in 2013, the Czech News Agency reported; he labelled the initiative “Project Hard”. He told ukclimbing.com that the route was much harder than anything else he had done, giving him hope it could be rated 9c.
All political parties with a realistic chance according to polls of clinching mandates in the lower house in the upcoming election in October have promised pay raises for teachers, according to a new study conducted by the IDEA think-tank of the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Suggested increases range from 18 to as much as 52 percent, the author of the study, economist Daniel Münich, confirmed. The commitment to improving pay for Czech teachers is broader than in the past, he said, but none of the parties, he made clear, discussed where the additional funds would come from. The study addressed not only wage increases but also six other questions pertaining to the teaching profession.
Schoolchildren across the country returned to the classroom at nursery schools, elementary and high schools on Monday drawing an end to two months’ summer holidays. This year, an estimated 108,000 children entered the first grade, a drop for the first time in years by around 9,200. By contrast, for the first time in 10 years the number of first-year high schoolers is up, at 102,400 – a difference of 1,500 from September 2016.
Slovakia’s prime minister, Robert Fico, has backed an idea put forward
last week by his Czech counterpart Bohuslav Sobotka that non-eurozone
members could gain observer status at meetings of EU finance ministers.
Prime Minister Fico backed the idea at a joint-meeting of the Czech and
Slovak governments at Lednice Chateau in the Czech Republic on Monday. Mr
Fico said Slovakia was happy to have adopted the common European currency
and called the process “inclusive”. The Czech Republic does not yet
have the euro nor has a date been set for joining the eurozone.
Other issues on the agenda on Monday included cooperation in the area of energy infrastructure, migration, the situation in Ukraine, and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Velvet Divorce – which saw the Czech Republic and Slovakia split on January 1, 1993.
A series of events have taken place in Prague to commemorate Bishop Gorazd
on Monday, who was executed by the Nazis 75 years ago for helping the
assassins of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich, providing them a refuge in
the Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in central Prague.
For his actions, Bishop Gorazd was later glorified as a martyr by the Eastern Orthodox Church. The commemorative events took place at the Church of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, at the Kobylisy shooting range, where the bishop was shot by the Nazis and at Pankrác prison.