Zetor Tractors plans to let around 40 percent of its staff go at the end of
March. Some 260 jobs will be lost at the Brno company, which union
representatives said was in financial difficulties.
Whereas Zetor sold almost 4,200 tractors in 2014, that figure had fallen to below 2,800 last year.
Since its foundation in 1946 Zetor has produced over 1.3 million tractors. In 2016 some 86 percent of its vehicles were exported.
Slavia Prague go into the winter break in Czech soccer’s top flight with
a four-point advantage. They extended their lead over second-placed
Viktoria Plzeň with a 2:0 away win over Jablonec on Monday evening in the
final game of the 19th round. Jablonec had defeated Slavia in the capital
earlier in the season.
The next round of the Czech first division takes place on February 9. Slavia last lifted the title the season before last.
An exhibition gets underway in the Imperial Hall of Carolinum, a complex of
Charles University buildings in Prague’s Old Town on Tuesday, presenting
the university’s most valuable artistic and historic objects.
Among the items on display are the founding documents of the university, the papal letter from Pope Clement VI from 26 January 1347 expressing his consent with the foundation of the university and a sealer from the 14th century.
The exhibition at Prague’s Carolinum will continue until the end of January.
This year’s Jindřich Chalupecký Award for artists under the age of 35
has been presented to Lukáš Hofmann. The 25-year-old student at
Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts, also known as Saliva, expresses himself
primarily through performance and social sculptures.
According to the jury, his performances are a “fascinating, monstrous and in a way perverse expression of the fragility and insecurity of the individual confronted with the world of impersonal forces.”
The award – which is open to artists under the age of 35 – includes 100,000 crowns towards an exhibition and catalogue and a six-week fellowship in New York.
The Czech Interior Ministry will prepare a bill defining the rules in case
of a “hard” Brexit, PM Andrej Babiš said after the cabinet meeting on
Monday, adding that other ministries have been asked to submit draft
clauses dealing with the issue from their respective viewpoints this week.
The cabinet will discuss the bill on January 7 and wants to push it through by March 29 when Britain is to leave the EU, Mr Babiš told the Czech News Agency on Monday.
Among other things, the bill would temporarily define the conditions of the British nationals' entry to the Czech Republic. and their stay in the country.
Czech diplomats will vote against the Global Compact on Migration, set to
take place at the General Assembly of the UN on Wednesday, foreign minister
Miroslav Petříček told the Czech News Agency on Monday. According to the
government’s previous statements, they were likely to abstain from the
The cabinet announced earlier that it would withdraw from the pact citing ambiguities in its interpretation. Czech officials argue that the compact doesn’t draw a clear line between legal and illegal migration or state that illegal migration is undesirable.
In an interview for the daily Právo, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hasn’t yet officially announced the Czech Republic’s withdrawal from the compact. Around a dozen countries, including the US, Austria, Hungary and Poland have also refused to support it.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis sent a letter to EU Budget Commissioner
Günther Oettinger on Monday informing him that he had left the board of
the government Council for the EU Structural and Investment Funds, which
makes recommendations for the distribution of EU money. Under a draft
amendment to the Regional Development Act, approved by the government on
Monday, the council can be chaired by another cabinet member.
The Czech Prime Minister made the move in reaction to the EU’s criticism of the Czech prime minister over potential conflict of interest. MEPs on Friday voted for the suspension of all EU payments to Agrofert, a company linked to Mr Babiš, until his alleged conflict of interests is settled.
The former Czech football captain, Tomáš Rosický, has been appointed sporting director for Sparta Prague football club. He will replace in the post Zdeněk Ščasný, who will continue to serve as the club’s coach. Rosický, who began his career at Sparta, will be responsible for the team’s long-term sporting strategy and will oversee the club’s transfers.