The Czech Republic awarded 14,847 contracts worth a total of 198.7 billion
crowns in the first half of the year, an increase of about a third in value
in annual terms, according to CEEC Research data.
The largest single tender, worth 14 billion crowns, was commissioned by Čepro in January for the supply of specific types of oil by rail. Construction and infrastructure contracts, as usual, made up the lion’s share of tenders.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia's birth, the Prague
Chamber Orchestra will give a free concert on Sunday evening in Wallenstein
Garden, outside of the Senate building.
The renowned orchestra will perform works by Czech composers Antonín Dvořák and Leoš Janáček, as well as by international figures such as Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. The hour-long concert begins at 5 pm.
Czechs spent 51.5 billion crowns in e-shops in the first half of the year,
11 per cent more in annual terms. Growth slowed during hot weather, which
came to the Czech Republic in April.
Overall spending is expected to rise, as since last year the Czech Republic has the largest number of e-shops in Europe per capita, while brick and mortar stores increasingly offer goods online. In 2017 e-shop sales grew 18 per cent to 115 billion.
The bark beetle infestation and drought contributed to a 38 per cent drop
profit for state-owned forester Lesy ČR’s in the first half of 2018.
Lesy ČR, which own almost half of the country’s forests, recorded a 20 per cent decline in sales and noted a dramatic fall in prices on the central European market.
President Miloš Zeman will meet Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (Ano) for a
working lunch on Monday at which they are expected to discuss filling the
post of foreign minister, now temporarily held by Social Democrat leader
Jan Hamáček, who is also interior minister.
According to the daily Právo, Social Democrat Jakub Landovský, currently a deputy defence minister, could be named to the position. President Zeman last month refused to name the Ano-Social Democrat coalition government’s choice as foreign minister, Social Democrat MEP Miroslav Poche.
Hamáček had said the Social Democrats would not push for court action over the president’s refusal to appoint their nominee, preferring to resolve the matter through dialogue. His party is due to meet on Friday to discuss the situation.
A ‘happening’ dedicated to eight dissidents who on August 25, 1968,
held a public protest on Moscow’s Red Square against the Soviet-led
invasion of Czechoslovakia was held in Prague on Saturday.
Eight modern activists recreated the events of half a century ago, including by bringing copies of the banners they held, such as one proclaiming “For your freedom and ours”, unfurled by Pavel Litvinov, whose grandfather Maxim Litvinov had been Stalin’s foreign minister in the 1930s.
Saturday’s action on Wenceslas Square was attended by Tatyana Baeva, along with Litvinov and Viktor Fajnberg, the last living participant in that 1968 demonstration.
Main organiser Zuzana Vaňková read out the names of all eight demonstrators and recalled the repression they suffered as a result. All received lengthy jail sentences or were locked up in psychiatric institutions.
The Czech town of Malá Úpa is opening a new tourist trail, called Freedom
at the Border, to remind people of a landmark undercover meeting of Czech
and Polish dissidents forty years ago at the summit of mount Sněžka.
The first meeting in 1978 was attended by Václav Havel, Marta Kubišová and Tomáš Petřivý, who initiated the meeting. From the Polish side, there was Adam Michnik, Jacek Kuroń, Jan Majewski, Jan Lityński and Antoni Macierewicz.
To mark the opening of the educational trail, a concert, theatre performance and debates will be held on Saturday near the Czech-Polish border. The meeting aims to serve as a reminder that freedom is not to be taken for granted.
Dozens of castles, palaces and other monuments in the Czech Republic open
their doors to visitors on Saturday as part of the annual "Night of
castles and palaces" event.
Organised for the ninth time by the National Monument Protection Office, the event includes guided tours, jousting tournaments, concerts, theatre performances and other attractions at about 100 sites nationwide.
This year, the main programme takes place at the castle Kynžvart in western Bohemia.
The Ano movement of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is set to dominate
municipal elections in October nationwide while the opposition Civic
Democrats (ODS), the Pirates and far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy
Party (SPD) also have a great chance of success, according to polling
Of six major cities surveyed, only in Prague would Ano not take first place, where the movement would end third behind the Pirates and ODS, said SANEP, without providing detailed numbers.
Ano would win in Brno, Pilsen, Liberec, Ostrava and Ústí nad Labem while the Pirates will likely gain ground in Pilsen and Brno, it said.