Air pollution has worsened in much of the Moravian-Silesian Region on
Friday. The amount of dust particles in the air has exceeded permitted
levels at all monitoring stations in the region.
Moravia-Silesia is one of the most polluted regions in Europe, due to heavy industry located on both sides of the Czech and Polish border. The situation traditionally worsens in winter because of coal heating.
Car production in the Czech Republic rose by 2.9 percent to nearly 1.4
million between January and November this year, the Automotive Industry
Association said on Friday. Exports have grown by 3.3 percent to 1.25
By contrast, domestic sales of cars have dropped by around two percent. The country’s biggest car producer, Škoda Auto, raised output by 4.5 percent to over 831,000 cars and TPCA recorded growth by 11 percent to nearly 197,000 cars.
According to the head of the Czech Automotive Industry Association, Bohdan Wojnar, car production for the whole of 2018 is expected to reach 1.4 million, which should slightly exceed last year’s figure.
Prague’s venue Jatka 78 is set to stage a play by Iranian dramatist
Nassim Soleimanpour White Rabbit Red Rabbit. It was written by the author
while he was forbidden to leave his country for refusing military duty.
The play, which is to be performed each night by a different actor, takes the form a sealed letter and the seal is only broken once the actor steps onto the stage. It has become a huge success after its premiere in 2011 and has since been performed in more than 25 languages.
Among the actors to appear in the Czech staging of White Rabbit Red Rabbit is Martha Issová, Aňa Geislervoá and Petr Čtvrtníček. The premiere is scheduled to take place in the Jatka 78 venue in January.
The legendary American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will be performing three
concerts at Prague’s Lucerna Hall in April of next year, within his
European 2019 tour, the organizer of the event Live Nation Czech Republic
announced on Thursday.
Dylan who first performed in Prague in1994 has been back ten times, wowing audiences in Prague, Brno and Ostrava.
His Lucerna concerts next year will feature some of his best-known hits and a selection from his 2017 album Triplicate.
The head of the party of Mayors and Independents Petr Gazdík has confirmed
his intention to leave his post at the head of the party in order to make
way for change.
Gazdík, who founded the party in 2009, said it needed a change-of-guard and a new vision. He said he would push for the party’s conference in April of next year to elect a new leadership.
According to the news site Aktualne.cz the party’s current first deputy Vít Rakušan is a hot candidate for the top post.
The lower house of Parliament sent a proposal to tax church restitutions
into its third and final reading, due to take place in January of next
The bill was put forward by the Communist Party and has support from the coalition ANO and the Social Democrats as well as the opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy Party.
Taxing money returned to churches, predominantly the Catholic Church, in return for property confiscated by the communists, is a highly sensitive issue. Right-wing opposition parties are vehemently against the idea, arguing that stolen property should be returned without financial strings attached.
Taxing church restitutions was one of the conditions laid down by the Communist Party in return for supporting the minority government.
The army and police enjoy a high level of public trust, according to a poll
conducted by the CVVM agency. Both received a 67 percent trust rating. The
judiciary got a 58 percent trust rating.
Trust in NGOs and the media is significantly lower, with only 48 percent of Czechs saying they trust information broadcast on the radio, the press received a 38 percent trust rating, while television 40 percent.
Only 37 percent of Czechs trust NGOs, which the polling agency says may be linked to the migrant crisis. The country’s churches are bottom of the ladder with a 25 percent trust rating.
The call for the suspension of EU subsidies to companies belonging to the
Agrofert conglomerate founded by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš does
not concern any other businesses in the country, Minister for Regional
Development Klára Dostálová said at a press briefing in Prague on
Thursday. The Ministry for Regional Development coordinates the
distribution of EU funds.
The leader of the coalition Social Democratic Party, Jan Hamáček, said the government would debate the situation around Agrofert at its next session.
Meanwhile, the European Commission has announced it will send a team of auditors to the Czech Republic to look into the distribution of EU subsidies from 2007 until the present day.
The European Parliament has approved a resolution calling on the European
Commission to suspend all EU subsidies to companies belonging to the
Agrofert conglomerate founded by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš until
the question of whether he de facto retains control over it is settled.
The debate in the European Parliament focussed on whether Babiš, who as prime minister can influence the disbursal of both Czech and EU subsidies, has a conflict of interest despite having placed Agrofert in trust funds.
MEPs also discussed subsidies that Slovak-born billionaire Babiš’s agribusiness group is alleged to have abused, especially to finance the so-called “Stork’s nest” project, control of which was allegedly transferred from Agrofert temporarily a decade ago solely to receive EU subsidies meant for small businesses.