The Czech Republic plans to borrow 11.5 billion crowns from the European
Investment Bank (EIB) to modernise eight railway corridors.
The government will and allocate the same amount towards the project from the national budget. The exact amount of the EIB loan, which will be dispersed in tranches from 2019 through 2025, has not been set.
In total, the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure plans on allocating some 86 billion crowns towards improving the country’s infrastructure next year, with 20.8 billion crowns coming from EU programmes.
A 26- year-old woman who fell from a window in a České Budějovice
housing estate on Tuesday remains in serious condition while her child died
at the scene, the Czech news agency ČTK reports.
A police spokesperson said a criminal investigation is underway but declined to release any further details, including the child’s age.
The body of another Czech soldier killed in Afghanistan was laid to rest on
Wednesday. The funeral took place in his hometown, Prachatice, with full
Corp.Tomáš Procházka, who was 42 and specialised in dog training, was shot dead on October 22 while returning from a routine mission outside his base in Herat Province. Two other Czech soldiers were injured in the attack.
He was the fourth Czech soldier killed in Afghanistan this year. The first three died in a suicide bomb attack while on a patrol in early August.
Czech national football team coach Jaroslav Šilhavý has announced the
squad line-up for upcoming internationals against Poland, in a friendly on
Thursday, and against Slovakia, next Monday, in a decisive Nations League
There will be no new faces on the Czech squad, which need a draw against Slovakia to remain in play. The line-up will include midfielder Vladimír Darida, who had been recovering from an injury, defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, and goalkeeper Jiří Pavlenka.
The Czech government has reportedly decided not to join the UN migration
pact but will formally debate the move this coming Wednesday. Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has argued that the agreement fails to
distinguish between legal and illegal migration. A decision is expected
following the debate.
The Czech Republic, along with 191 other UN member states, in July approved the non-binding Global Compact for Migration, which aims to offer better protection to migrants and refugees.
The document will be officially signed in December, in Morocco. Two other Central European countries, Austria and Hungary, have already withdrawn from the agreement, as have the United States and Australia.
The Indian comedian and actor Vir Das has complained that he and his
parents were repeatedly ignored by staff at Café Café in central Prague.
He wrote on Twitter, where he has over 7.5 million followers, that they had
tried six times to get service but the café did not "really like
serving brown people".
The comedian has since deleted the Tweet in question and said he had heard from the owner of Café Café, who apologised for the behaviour of his staff. The owner told the Czech News Agency that it had been a misunderstanding rather than a racist incident.
A trap set for a brown bear in the Zlín region in Moravia has so far only
caught other animals, the news website Lidovky.cz reported. The bear has
been roaming around an area of the Beskydy Mountains since September. It
has killed a number of sheep, with the latest reported on Tuesday, and has
Rangers set a cage trap with honey for the animal but it has only caught a cat and some birds to date. They have also established a photo trap in a bid to monitor the bear’s movements.
A criminal investigation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš should be
completed by the end of the year, iRozhlas.cz reported, quoting the Prague
prosecutor’s office. The news site says that investigators now possess
several types of evidence linked to the Čapí hnízdo farm complex. Mr.
Babiš and members of his family are accused of wrongly acquiring CZK 50
million in EU subsidies for the project.
There is an accusation that the company Farma Čapí hnízdo was deliberately hived off from Mr. Babiš’s Agrofert conglomerate – which is now in a trust – to make it appear to be a small firm and therefore eligible for EU support.
The prime minister denies any impropriety and says the charges are politically motivated.
Real Madrid, one of the world’s most famous football teams, have arrived
in the Czech Republic for a Champions’ League game against Viktoria
Plzeň on Wednesday night. Real’s stars touched down in Prague on Tuesday
afternoon before taking a team bus to Plzeň.
Real beat the West Bohemians 2:1 in Madrid in a previous group game two weeks ago. The Spanish giants have won the Champions’ League for the last three seasons, a feat never before achieved, but have recently been through a turbulent period that included the sacking of their coach.