Czechs often have trouble assessing information from the media, suggests a
survey carried out by STEM/MARK agency for Czech Television. The results of
the survey were presented on Thursday at a conference on media literacy
organised by the Ministry of Education.
Women over sixty, people with lower education and the unemployed showed lower media literacy than other groups. The survey also suggests that most Czechs don’t have problems with using modern technologies and the internet, but many of them are not aware of who owns or controls the country’s media.
The planned new reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power plant in south
Moravia should be built by a subsidiary of the ČEZ energy company, prime
minister and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš said on Thursday. The power
giant ČEZ, which is 70 percent state-owned, operates both the Dukovany and
Temelín power plants.
The head of government also said his cabinet was convinced that the new reactor would pay off. ČEZ conditioned the construction of the new reactor by an electricity price guarantee from the government, but the demand has so far not been met.
The University of Zurich has cancelled a lecture by Czech Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš at the opening of an exhibition about Czechoslovak
immigration to Switzerland.
The event was cancelled after the university received an open letter from Czechoslovak immigrants, who complained that Mr Babiš was listed as an agent of the Czechoslovak communist-era secret police.
The exhibition, called Second Life: Stories of people who found a new home in Switzerland after 1968, opens at the University of Zurich on December 3.
The new apostolic nuncio to the Czech Republic, Charles Daniel Balvo, is
set to arrive in the Czech Republic on Thursday. The American, who has
already served at the Prague nunciature, was appointed to the post by Pope
Francis in September of this year. He will replace Giuseppe Leanza, who has
served as apostolic nuncio to the Czech Republic for the past seven years.
Mr Balvo will be the fifth papal nuncio to the Czech Republic since 1990. Among his first tasks will be to choose candidates to replace Cardinal Dominik Duka in the post of Prague Archbishop, when his term in office expires.
Estonian prime minister Jüri Ratas arrives in Prague on Thursday to meet
with his Czech counterpart, Andrej Babiš ahead of a conference on
digitalisation, so-called eGovernment, and the single EU digital market.
The two leaders will also discuss the possible strengthening of cooperation between the Visegrad Group and the Baltic States and relations between the EU and Russia.
Estonia has been an early and effective adopter of digitalisation, earning it the nickname of “e-Stonia”, and Mr Ratas will share his country’s experiences at the conference on Friday.
According to a study by the consultancy McKinsey presented in Prague on Wednesday, Czech economic growth, now at 3.4 percent, could increase by a full percentage point if it pushes ahead with digitalisation.
McKinsey says high employment and consumer demand have been the main drivers of Czech GDP growth, but in the future automation and the adaption of new technologies will erase jobs.
The Supreme Administrative Court has dismissed a cassation complaint by
Prague City Districts and other groups against the capital’s Municipal
Court judgment to allow the building of a third runway at Prague’s main
The applicants had sought to annul an amendment to the City Development Principles Act, which defines the scope of the planned runway at the international airport in the Prague 6 district of Ruzyně, named after the late Czech president Václav Havel.
The case was filed by the districts of Dolní Chabry, Ďáblice, Lysolaje, Nebušice, Satalice and Suchdol. They argue that the third runway would greatly increase noise in residential areas.
Social Democrat MPs will not be present for Friday’s scheduled
no-confidence vote in the government led by ANO party chairman Andrej
Babiš, the ČTK news agency reports.
In total only 92 MPs have said they will not back the government while 101 votes are needed for the move to pass, so a walk-out by the Social Democrats is a symbolic move that will not change the outcome.
Social Democrats chairman Jan Hamáček has favours remaining in the coalition government with ANO but has suggested that Mr. Babiš could go as prime minister, a move supported by the Prague branch of the Social Democrats.
Mr Babiš has been embroiled in scandal since his son said he had wanted him to “disappear” during an ongoing criminal investigation into the prime minister’s alleged illegal use of EU subsidies that went to the Stork’s Next complex near Prague.