The frequently occurring droughts in the Czech Republic are not only
leading to government counter-measures, but also an increased need for
experts on climate change related subjects. In response, a number of Czech
universities are setting up courses focusing on the protection of natural
resources, Hospodářské Noviny reports.
The University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague has set up a new study programme exploring water and the environment, while the high levels of bark beetle infestation have led Brno’s Mendel University to open up a new course on the technologies and management involved in wood processing.
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová is planning to
propose an amendment to the Czech labour law, which will make it easier for
employers to create part-time jobs. The idea, she told Czech Radio, is to
create so-called “shared working spots”, which would give two to three
people the chance to work in the same job position. Similar types of
definitions currently exist in neighbouring Slovakia and Germany. The
labour minister hopes that, if passed, the new legislation will make it
easier for mothers of small children and over-60s to remain active on the
Current data from the Czech Statistics office shows that the Czech Republic is far below the EU average when it comes to part-time employment. Whereas the European median lies at around 20 percent, in the Czech Republic the number is just over 7 percent.
The Czech ice-hockey forward Jakub Vrána has signed a deal with his
current NHL team the Washington Capitals. The contract is worth USD 6.7
million dollars and will last for two seasons. The team’s general
manager, Brian Mac Lellan, told journalists that the 23-year-old Czech is a
highly skilled player and a big part of the team’s future.
Vrána scored 47 points last season, including 24 goals, and has established himself as a top-six forward. He ended the season as a restricted free agent, but the Capitals, last year’s Stanley Cup champions, used their opportunity to re-sign him. The new contract counts on a similar restriction clause after it runs out in 2021.
Veterinarians from the State Veterinary Administration discovered 250 kilograms of rotten meat while checking a truck on its way to supply a children’s summer camp. The discovery was made after the veterinary administration ordered local hygienists to inspect the sanitation standards at a camp near the South Bohemian city of Jindřichův Hradec. The truck, which lacked a cooling system, was transporting chicken, pork and other types of meat in a half frozen state, while also lacking the necessary documentation for the products. State Veterinary Administration spokesman Petr Vorlíček told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday that the supplier is facing a fine of up to CZK 1,000,000.
One of the companies belonging to the Agrofert group, a holding founded by
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš before he entered politics, will no longer be
receiving funding from the country’s State Environmental Fund, the daily
Hospodářské Noviny reported on Wednesday, citing the fund’s Director
of the National Programmes’ Management Section Leo Steiner.
The decision to suspend the funding was made following the recent allegations of the prime minister being in a conflict of interests. Agrofert says that it made all of the necessary procedures that Czech law requests in the application process and expects to eventually receive the funds.
Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček has criticized Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš for the way he is handling the government crisis revolving around
the culture minister.
In an interview for Czech Radio Mr. Hamáček said he would have expected more emphatic action from the prime minister in defending not only the coalition agreement but the constitutional order. “The prime minister is trying to resolve the controversy at no cost to himself, which is simply not possible,” Hamáček said, referring to Babiš’ unwillingness to enter into an open conflict with the president and use legal means to force him to do his constitutional duty.
The president’s reluctance to effect a change-of-guard at the Culture Ministry and appoint the nominee of their choice has angered the Social Democrats to the point where they have threatened to walk out of the government if their conditions are not met.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has welcomed the election of Ursula von
der Leyen as the new president of the European Commission.
In a congratulatory message on Twitter, Mr. Babiš said he was glad that a woman, and a very competent one, would take up the European Commission leadership. He said he looked forward to meeting with her in person to discuss the future of the EU.
Czech MEPs were divided in the vote with MEP’s elected for the prime minister’s ANO party, who are part of the liberal group Renew Europe, the Christian Democrats, Mayors and Independents and TOP 09, associated in the European People’s Party, supporting her, while Czech MEPs elected for other factions voting against.
A June study conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM) shows
that around three fifths of respondents believe they are being paid less
than they deserve at their current job, while only a third believes it
receives a sufficient salary. Furthermore, nearly 80 percent say they are
not worried of losing their job.
However, the majority of respondents said that they are happy with their current positions, despite being underpaid. Around three quarters said that they have good relations at work - a factor which CVVM says is closely related to job satisfaction.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček have
requested a meeting with President Miloš Zeman to try to resolve the
protracted crisis surrounding the change-of-guard at the Culture
Ministry.The date proposed is next week, despite the fact that the
president will still be holidaying at his country cottage at the time.
The Social Democrat leadership on Monday confirmed Michal Šmarda as the party’s nominee for culture minister and gave party leader Hamáček a stronger mandate in talks with the president and prime minister.
The party has been threatening to quit the government if the president refuses to accept its nominee for culture minister and has urged the prime minister to put pressure on the president to do his constitutional duty and appoint the man of their choice.