The Czech Republic will not be able to finance the shift to a low-emissions
economy and would need hundreds of billions of crowns from the EU, in
addition to cohesion funds, in order to fulfil the goals set for 2050,
Environment Minister Richard Brabec said at a press conference in Prague on
Friday. "We are ready to debate it, but we are not capable of
financing it" Brabec said about the EC’s plans for a carbon-neutral
The press conference was held ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Madrid on Monday, and the EU climate summit scheduled for mid-December.
Also present at the press conference, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš emphasized that the Czech Republic must retain the right to decide on the country’s energy mix. By 2050, nuclear energy should form one half of the country's energy mix, coal and natural gas should form about 20 percent.
Brussel's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier met with Czech
deputies and senators in Prague on Friday to discuss the developments
around Britain's expected departure from the EU, the head of the
European Affairs Committee in the lower house Ondřej Benešík told the
CTK news agency.
Barnier informed Czech lawmakers about the possible scenarios after the December parliamentary elections in Britain, saying Brussels was striving for the best possible deal with Britain and its fulfilment.
The talks also revolved around practical matters, such as the modification of contracts in air transport and consumer protection post-Brexit.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček and his Austrian counterpart Alexander
Schallenberg met at the Czech-Austrian border on Friday to mark the 30th
anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain.
The commemorative event took place in the Czech village of Čížov, which contains a preserved section of the Iron Curtain fence, and in the neighbouring Austrian village of Hardegg.
The ceremony was also attended by the governor of the South Bohemian region, Bohumil Šimek and Johanna Mikl-Leinter, the governor of Lower Austria.
A Czech soldier killed in Afghanistan last year has been awarded the US
Bronze Star Medal in memoriam. The Bronze Star Medal, one of the highest US
decorations for bravery in a combat zone, was presented to Tomáš
Procházka’s close family by an embassy representative on Friday.
Corporal Tomáš Procházka, a specialist in training dogs, was shot dead in October 2018 while returning from a routine mission outside his base in Herat Province.
The number of people diagnosed with HIV who are getting treatment in the
Czech Republic has seen a steady increase in the past few years. While in
2013 it was 75 percent, last year 95 percent of people diagnosed HIV
positive in this country received treatment, according to statistics
released by the National Laboratory for HIV and AIDS.
Since testing in this country began in 1986, 3,600 people were diagnosed HIV positive, and 660 of them developed full-blown AIDS. 300 of them have died. According to estimates another 530 people are infected without yet being aware of it.
It is estimated that the majority of those who stopped turning up for treatment may be Czechs and foreigners who moved abroad. A third of the people were diagnosed with HIV in this country are foreign nationals.
Czech economic growth in the 3rd quarter has slowed to 2.5 percent
year-on-year, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office.
Compared to the 2nd quarter GDP rose by 0.4 percent.
Analysts say this confirms the predicted slow-down in economic growth, although compared to the situation in Germany, the Czech Republic’s main export destination, the Czech figures are still viewed as positive.
Economic growth in 2018 reached 2.9 percent and the prediction for this year is 2.5 percent.
The King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV was voted the most
significant figure in Czech history, in a public poll conducted by the CVVM
The co-founder of Czechoslovakia and its first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk placed second and the country’s first post-communist president Václav Havel came third.
Fourth place went to the late Czech pop idol Karel Gott. Respondents said the Golden Era of Czech history was during the rule of Charles IV and in the modern era they highlighted the time of the Velvet Revolution.
Senate chair Jaroslav Kubera has dismissed comments from President Milos
Zeman regarding his planned trip to Taiwan next year as a message directed
not to him but to the Chinese authorities.
President Zeman said in an interview for TV Barrandov on Thursday that should Senator Kubera travel to Taiwan it would impact their „relatively good“ relationship.
Senator Kubera said earlier he would be going to Taiwan on a trade mission. The Senator was previously criticized by China for attending a reception at the Representative Office of Taiwan in Prague, and responded by saying China must get used to the fact that the Czech Republic was a sovereign state which would not be pushed around.
The number of ATM machines in the Czech Republic increased in the first
half of 2019 to 5461, according to the Bank Card Association. With 471 ATM
machines per one million users, the Czech Republic is still lagging behind
the EU average of 841.
Czechs withdrew CZK 46.8 million in 2018, which is 15 million less than in the previous year. The number of cards issued increased by 430,000 to 12.24 million.
The country’s first ATM machine was unveiled 30 years ago at a branch of the then Czech State Savings Bank on Wenceslas Square.