Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is to meet with President Miloš Zeman next
Tuesday to try to resolve the controversy surrounding the appointment of a
new culture minister.
President Zeman this week refused to appoint the nominee chosen by the Social Democratic Party, reigniting a crisis that may bring down the government. The Social Democrats have threatened to walk out of the ruling coalition if their nominee is rejected.
Opposition parties are calling for the prime minister to act and ensure that the president respects the Czech constitutional order.
Under the Czech Constitution the president is bound to accept the prime minister’s request for the dismissal of a given cabinet minister as well as the nominee chosen to replace him.
Twenty-eight Czech soldiers who served in foreign missions in Kosovo, Italy
and Afghanistan received medals of merit from the army’s deputy
chief-of-staff, Lieutenant General Jaromír Zůna on Friday.
Zůna thanked them for their dedicated service and for helping to fulfil the country’s commitments in NATO and the European Union. The Czech participation in foreign missions is appreciated and highly valued, Lieutenant General Zůna said.
The Czech Army has had soldiers stationed in Kosovo since 1999. Until 2011 it had a contingent of 500 soldiers there. Three of the decorated soldiers served in the naval Operation Sophia and 14 of them were deployed in Afghanistan.
The Czech Republic will close down its embassy in Libya as of September 1,
the Czech Foreign Ministry says in a report which is to be debated by the
Due to the security situation in Libya, the embassy has been operating from Tunis since April of 2015.
Given that the Foreign Ministry sees no immediate prospect of improvement, the embassy will be closed down.
Its agenda will be taken over by the Czech embassy in Tunisia, which is to be reinforced to meet those obligations.
The organizers of the Hip Hop Kemp festival, which starts in Hradec Kralove
on Friday, claim that police repressions are bringing down the number of
visitors every year.
The festival had around 25,000 visitors in 2015 and attendance has been sliding with every passing year. The organizers say they expect another significant drop to around 11,00 visitors this year.
They claim that excessive police controls directed at drug abuse are putting people off from coming to what was once a highly popular event.
The police have rejected the accusation, saying they are merely doing their duty as at any other festival in the country.
The state will spend 87 billion crowns on road construction projects next
year, five billion crowns more than originally planned, Transport Minister
Vladimír Kremlík said at a press briefing in Prague on Friday.
He said he would not request further money from the state budget, but would seek other sources and economize elsewhere.
The ministry wants to start construction of the remaining sections of the motorway network within the next five years. 191 kilometres of new motorways are currently under construction.
Finance Minister Alena Schillerová has agreed to increase the budget of the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure by five billion crowns.
The fund will thus manage 70 billion crowns from the state budget, and another 17 billion from European funds.
The Czech Republic's Adam Ondra has won the men's Lead gold at
the Climbing World Championships in Hachioji, Japan. He beat Germanys
Alexander Megos and 2018 champion Jakob Schubert who finished third.
It is the twenty-six-year-old‘s seventh world medal in bouldering and his third world championship title.
“It was absolutely incredible. I was exhausted, but I pushed ahead and gave it my all” he told journalists after the final.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the cyber-attacks against
state and non-state institutions by foreign state powers.
Cyber security is key to the functioning of a sovereign state and its institutions, the ministry said on its website, stressing that no effort should be spared in fighting the growing hybrid threat.
It said it was cooperating with allied states within the EU and NATO to further common security.
According to the National Office for Cyber and Information Security (NÚKIB), a foreign state power was behind the June cyber-attack on the Czech Foreign Ministry.
It was not the first incident of its kind. Last December, the Czech counter-intelligence service, BIS, said in its annual report that Russia’s intelligence services were behind cyber-attacks targeting the Foreign Ministry in 2017.
Dozens of hares and several pheasants found dead by hunters on the
outskirts of Brno were killed by Stutox II, a rat poison that farmers were
recently prohibited from using on a blanket scale, unofficial lab tests
show. The firm Bonagro, which allegedly applied the poison in nearby
fields, has come forward to say it did so before the government issued a
Earlier this month the government suspended a decision to let farmers use Stutox II to poison rodents, which have decimated grain and rapeseed crops and are threatening corn, beet, sunflower production. The Ministry of Environment had argued the poison presents a serious threat to other animals, including birds, and that its use violates the law on landscape protection.
A special commission of the Czech Senate set up to assess the European
Commission audits concerning Prime Minister Andrej Babiš' suspected
conflict of interest and EU subsidies for Czech agriculture, will request
copies of the said documents directly from Brussels, the head of the
commission Senator Zdeněk Nytra told the ctk news agency.
The commission has repeatedly requested copies of the audits from the Czech ministries of agriculture, finance and local development and been refused on the grounds that they are preliminary and thereby confidential.
The 12-member commission is not investigative and has no special powers aside from providing information.