The Czech Republic and Slovakia want to cooperate in modernizing their
armed forces, the prime ministers of the two countries said after a joint
session of their governments on Monday.
Although both need to acquire some military hardware from foreign firms, in some cases they could support domestic production by buying from each other.
The two countries officials agreed they would inform each other about prepared military tenders and the countries’ defense ministers and army officials are due to meet in October to settle the details.
The Czech Ornithological Society is urging citizens to take an active part
in international Collision Count Week starting September 24.
During the course of that week people will be able to report glass panes which present a threat to birds and thus help lower bird mortality on the continent and beyond. Reportedly tens of thousands of birds die every year after flying into glass panes.
The Czech Republic has the highest number of job vacancies in the European
Union, according to figures released by Eurostat on Monday.
According to quarterly data on the ratio of job vacancies and the number of occupied posts, the Czech Republic had 5.4 percent unoccupied positions compared to the EU average of 2.2 percent.
A year ago the Czech Republic had 3.6 percent unoccupied positions. It is followed by Belgium (3.5 percent), The Netherlands (3.1 percent) and Germany (2.9 percent).
Speaking ahead of a joint session of the Czech and Slovak governments in
the town of Košice on Monday, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
questioned the need for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex,
saying that in his view the agency was obsolete. The Czech prime minister
has previously criticized Frontex for allegedly doing too little to guard
EU borders during the migrant crisis, despite receiving large sums of money
to do so.
Mr. Babiš also praised cooperation within the Visegrad Group states, noting that the V4 represented the interests of 65 million Europeans.
The Czech and Slovak governments held a joint session to discuss celebrations marking the centenary of Czechoslovakia in October, bilateral relations and Visegrad Group priorities. The tradition of holding an annual joint session of the two countries' governments was established in 2012.
Nine towns in the Czech Republic have streets with identical names, despite
a 2011 regulation issued by the Interior Ministry that this must be
corrected, Czech Television reported.
Identically named streets present a problem for postal workers, police and paramedics, and a surprisingly large number of towns had them.
This is due to the merging of satellite villages with bigger towns in the vicinity and the fact that streets are often named after famous figures in history.
At one point the town of Kladno near Prague had 31 twin streets with the same name which were only distinguished by their locality.
The Interior Ministry is pushing to resolve the problem, but does not have the right to order towns to change the name of a given street.
Czech MEP Michaela Šojdrová of the Christian Democrats, has asked for a
meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to try to persuade him that the
Czech Republic should take in 50 Syrian orphans from a migrant camp in
Šojdrová, who first floated the idea, said that taking in child migrants would be a show of solidarity.
Prime Minister Babiš, who is strictly against taking in migrants, sharply rejected the idea at the weekend saying the Czech Republic was ready to help these and other orphans in their country of origin, where the migrant crisis should be resolved.
His stand elicited strong criticism from opposition parties who called it selfish and inhumane. Even his coalition partner, acting foreign minister Jan Hamáček from the Social Democrats, said a country of 10 million should be able to accommodate 50 orphans.
A festival of public readings by writers on trains to promote Czech
literature kicked off early on Monday as Czechs boarded trains on their way
The event is supported by close to 30 Czech authors who have agreed to read selected parts of their work to the public. The festival will last until Thursday.
One of the novelties this year is public readings of micro-stories by students on the Petřín funicular in Prague, where the ride lasts just five minutes.
Close to 200,000 people visited the two-day NATO Days and Czech Airforce
Days military show at the Mošnov airfield near Ostrava over the weekend.
The highlight of the event was a historical flypast commemorating 100 years of Czechoslovakia to the sound of Vltava from Bedrich Smetana’s cycle of symphonic poems My Country.
The highly popular event offered visitors an air show in which military pilots from NATO member states performed various air stunts, a display of veteran planes as well as modern fighter jets used by the army and a demonstration of ground forces in crisis situations by NATO allies.
The event’s main partner this year was the United States.
The Vraní hory mountain region in north-east Bohemia is the second place in the Czech Republic to which wolves have returned and started reproducing in the wild after a break of 200 years. A wolf with a cub was recently caught on camera. They are believed to have come from the vicinity of the Czech-Polish border region where a pack of wolves first settled and has been breeding since 2015.