The Czech Republic should transport the EUs free movement of workers
directive into its legislation within a matter of weeks, the minister for
legislation and human rights Jan Chvojka said in response to the ECs
announcement it would take the Czech Republic to court over its failure to
do so. Chvojka said the legislation still needed to win approval in the
Senate and would be signed into law by the president, a process expected to
take just a few weeks.
The Czech Republic could face sanctions over its failure to transport the directive into its national legislation. The regulation was to enter into force at the latest by May 2016. The commission has proposed that the Czech Republic pay 33,510 euros per day until it adopts the directive into law.
Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka says retailers are responsible for the
steep rise in the price of butter. According to the minister half of the
price makes up retail stores profit margins. He said rising prices on world
markets had also contributed to the increase.
The Union of Tourism and Trade has dismissed the claim that retailers are to blame saying the development of dairy prices on world markets is responsible. The price of butter on the Czech market has doubled in the past year.
Slovakia can serve as an example to the Czech Republic as regards adoption
of the euro and the growth of the minimal wage, the speaker of the Czech
lower house Jan Hamáček said on an official visit to Slovakia on
Mr. Hamáček also praised the excellent relations between the two neighbor states, saying they were the best in history. It seems we needed to break-up in order to meet again in the European Union, Hamáček told reporters in Bratislava.
The speaker of the Slovak lower house Andrej Danko noted that the two countries had a great deal in common and faced similar problems.
The former Czech ambassador to Paris Pavel Fischer has entered the race for
president. Mr. Fischer confirmed his candidacy at a press conference in
Prague on Thursday, saying he had the support of ten senators across the
Pavel Fischer has also served as Czech ambassador to Monaco, he was in the service of president Vaclav Havel and is currently director of the STEM polling agency.
Ten other candidates are in the running for the country’s top post, including the incumbent president Miloš Zeman. A candidate needs to win support from ten senators, twenty MPs or 50,000 Czech citizens.
The owner of the investment group PPF Petr Kellner remains the richest
Czech according to Forbes magazine. The market value of his assets is
estimated at 310 billion crowns.
Second ranking goes to ANO leader and former finance minister Andrej Babis whose property is estimated at 88 billion. Real estate magnate Radovan Vitek placed third with assets worth 57 billion crowns.
There are 11 newcomers among the country’s 70 richest Czechs and their overall wealth crossed the trillion crown mark for the first time this year.
Czech illustrator, caricaturist and comics author Vladimír Renčín has
died at the age of 75, following a long illness. The announcement was made
on Wednesday by his daughter, Zuzana Renčínová.
The satirist was well-known for panels commenting on current affairs and was published for decades in Czech newspapers and magazines. His work has been published in more than 30 books.
Pavel Fischer, the former Czech ambassador to France and current head of
the STEM polling agency, is reportedly set to run for president in the
election next January. An official announcement is expected on Thursday.
The head of Christian Democrats’ deputies’ club Petr Šilar confirmed that Mr Fischer had support from 10 senators, one of the means of launching a bid.
Another is gathering signatures from 50,000 people in support of one’s candidacy.
The Czech Army could send a significant number of soldiers, between 200 and
300, to Iraq, Justice Minister Martin Stropnický has said, although any
decision would hinge on the post-election make-up of the Czech lower house.
Next year a team is being sent to the Middle Eastern country specializing in defense against WMDs.
Currently, more than 30 Czech military personnel are providing support for Iraqis piloting and servicing Czech-made L-159 fighter jets. That mission is to last until the end of 2018.