The Czech Republic should provide CZK 300 million in humanitarian aid to
African countries in the next three years, the Czech News Agency reported
on Saturday, citing a proposal to be discussed by the cabinet on Tuesday.
The aid is intended to improve the situation in a number of states with a
view to removing the reasons people migrate to Europe.
The Czech government has long supported combating illegal migration in refugees’ countries of origin.
The planned aid is expected go to countries in northern and western Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. Between 2020 and 2022 around CZK 100 million a year should be divided among programmes focused on supporting peace, financial development and social development.
The international ratings agency Moody’s has raised the Czech
Republic’s credit rating by one level to Aa3. This means that the risk of
investing in the country is low and investments are safe. Moody’s said
the move reflected governments aimed at boosting the economy and the fact
budget indicators were improving. It also said the economy’s outlook had
gone from positive to stable.
The last time the agency raised the Czech Republic’s rating was in 2002.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš described the move as a great success for the Czech economy.
Philadelphia Flyers beat Chicago Blackhawks 4:3 in a NHL Global Series ice hockey game at Prague’s O2 arena on Friday evening. Czech Jakub Voráček turned out for Philadelphia while David Kämpf and Dominik Kubalík appeared in the colours of Chicago, with the latter making his NHL debut. Almost 17,500 fans attended the match, which kicked off the regular NHL season.
Politicians in Prague have put forward a number of suggestions for tributes
to Karel Gott, who died this week at the age of 80. The deputy mayor of
Prague 1, Petr Hejma of the Mayors and Independents, told the Czech News
Agency the Grand Hall at the Lucerna Palace could be named after the
singer. Deputy city mayor Petr Hlubuček (also Mayors and Independents) has
proposed naming the small bridge that leads to Slovanský Island near the
National Theatre after the hugely popular star.
The city’s toponymic committee is to discuss naming a Metro station on the planned D line after Karel Gott after the idea was raised on internet discussion forums. The committee’s chairperson said the singer’s family would be consulted on the matter ahead of a meeting later this month.
The novel Spaceman of Bohemia by Czech writer Jaroslav Kalfař is to be
made into a film, Deadline reported. The movie will be directed by Johan
Renck, who won two Emmy awards for his work on the series Chernobyl, the
Spaceman of Bohemia was the first published work by Kalfař, who has lived in the US since his mid-teens. The very well received science fiction novel tells the story of a Czech astronaut who takes part in a space mission.
A new opinion poll suggests that Václav Klaus Jr. is the most trusted
politician in the Czech Republic. Some 42 percent of the respondents in
September’s survey said they trusted the leader of the new Tricolour
party, placing him ahead of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO on 38
percent and Pirate Party chief Ivan Bartoš on 29 percent.
Klaus Jr. was expelled from the Civic Democrats after supporting a Freedom and Direct Democracy candidate in Senate elections and comparing the acceptance of EU regulations to Jews being forced to choose who went on transports during the Holocaust.
The conservative Tricolour say they want to protect Czech values and to secure greater autonomy from the EU. Their leader is the son of Václav Klaus, who served as Czech prime minister and was president for two terms.
The 6th edition of the Central European film festival 3Kino will feature
some 60 films under the theme ‘Islands of Freedom’.
Films will screen from 10 to 15 October in the Prague cinemas Lucerna, Světozor, Atlas and Evald, and include new features by Czech director Václav Marhoul (‘The Painted Bird’) and Polish director Agnieszka Holland (‘Mr. Jones’).
The 3Kino festival jury will first award prize to the best feature film, selected from 11 competition films. The award ceremony will take place on 14 October at the Lucerna cinema.
The struggling Czech Post office will get a 3.3 billion crown payment from
the state next year for so-called universal services from previous years,
subject to approval of the European Commission.
Last year, Czech Post recorded a 1 billion crown loss. It may have to eliminate 7,000 positions as part of a restructuring in order to return to profitability by 2021.
The European Commission has twice approved billions in Czech state support, finding it compatible with EU internal market regulations and as such allowed.
Czech Post had a monopoly on the delivery of letters and other direct mail weighing less than 50 grams until the start of 2013. Now these services may also be offered by competitors, which focus mainly on corporate clients.
Communist Party leader Vojtěch Filip announced on Friday that his deputies
will likely support the 2020 state budget proposal presented by the finance
The government of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) in mid-September proposed a 2020 budget with a deficit of 40 billion crowns, the same as planned for this year.
Filip’s announcement came following a meeting with Mr Babiš and Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová (ANO). The minority coalition government with the Social Democrat relies on Communist tolerance.
The Communists have used their role as kingmaker several times to win major concessions. ANO was obliged to support their proposal to tax compensation awarded churches in lieu of property seized by the former regime that could not be returned in restitution.