The Czech cabinet is to debate a bill which would regulate the number of
invasive species in the Czech Republic, introducing a means of controlling
plants and animals that are a threat to native wildlife and cause
considerable ecological damage. Similar legislation is in effect in other
EU member states.
The number of non-indigenous flora and fauna species in Europe is around 12,000 and around 15 percent of those are considered invasive. The damage done is estimated at around 12 billion euros annually.
The number of non-indigenous or foreign species in the Czech Republic is estimated at around 2,000 and ten to fifteen percent of them are considered invasive.
The president of the Constitutional Court, Pavel Rychetský, has refuted
earlier claims that he might leave his post before his term in office
Judge Rychetský told the business daily Hospodarske Noviny that by some miracle his state of health had improved and he had the mental and physical strength required to handle his demanding duties in office for the remainder of his term which ends in 2023.
Judge Rychetský, 76, is serving his second ten-year term in office as president of the Czech Constitutional Court.
The Czech Health Ministry will appeal the Belgium verdict in the Diag Human
case at the country’s High Court, a spokesperson for the ministry said on
The verdict, according to which the Czech Republic should pay Diag Human 14.5 billion crowns for not protecting the company’s investments in the Czech Republic, was delivered at the end of December.
Diag Human sued the Czech Republic in several countries for thwarted business in blood plasma trade, but the verdicts in the USA, the Netherlands, Austria, Liechtenstein, France and the United Kingdom, all favored the Czech Republic.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has warned Czechs against travelling to Iraq,
citing the volatile situation in the country. Citizens who decide to take
the risk are advised to register with the ministry’s travel data base
DROZD which will facilitate assistance in the event of problems.
The Czech Republic expressed deep concern over Tuesday's attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad by an angry crowd of demonstrators.
The Czech Foreign Ministry called on the Iraqi authorities to launch a thorough investigation into the matter, pointing out that under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations the Iraqi government is bound to “take appropriate steps to protect the premises of foreign missions against any intrusion or damage”.
Some 55 percent of Czechs believe that the modern history of their country
is being distorted, suggests an opinion poll conducted for Czech Radio by
the Median agency. This view was shared by 66 percent of respondents aged
60 or over.
The handling of a statue of Soviet commander Ivan Konev and the appropriateness of building a monument to the WWII “Vlasov army” have proven divisive topics in the Czech Republic in recent months.
With regard to the latter dispute, the new opinion poll indicates that almost two-thirds of Czechs are not in favour of removing monuments linked to WWII.
The Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, will be among the guests at the
ceremonial reopening of the State Opera in Prague on Sunday, Lidovky.cz
reported, citing a government official. German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki all
declined invitations to the event, the news site said.
Renovations at the State Opera, which is very near the top of Wenceslas Square, began in March 2017. The CZK 1.3 billion cost was considerably higher than the original budget.
The pictures Old-Timers and Owners have received the most nominations, five
each, in the Czech Film Critics’ Awards. Old-Timers is about a geriatric
pair seeking revenge on a communist-era prosecutor, while Owners centres on
a meeting of people who all have apartments in the same building. WWII
drama The Painted Bird got four nominations.
The winners of the Czech Film Critics’ Awards will be announced on February 1.
With the arrival of the New Year, the Czech Army has deployed 1,000
soldiers to NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, the army said in
a statement on Thursday. The Czech soldiers will be on alert for the
entirety of 2020 and must be able to take action in a crisis situation
within five days.
Commander Petr Blecha said the Czechs had been preparing intensively to play a role in the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force since 2018. The task force was created following the Russian annexation of Crimea.
Thursday is the 55th anniversary of the launch of Večerníček, a very
popular Czech children’s TV programme that goes out in the early evening.
Czechoslovak Television broadcast the first episode of the show on January
2, 1965 and it has been running ever since.
Many of the characters in the mainly animated Večerníček have become household names, such as Bob and Bobek, Little Mole and Rumcajs.
A new system of electronic sick notes that went into effect in the New Year
is working well, says the minister of labour and social affairs, Jana
Maláčová. She told reporters that the social administration had received
over 3,000 e-sick notes by 10 am on Thursday. Minister Maláčová said
that patients would no longer have to deliver documents anywhere in person.
The system had been due to come into effect a year previously. PM Andrej Babiš’s first government wanted to abandon it and create a new version, but Minister Maláčová revived the project when her party the Social Democrats entered a coalition with Mr. Babiš’s ANO.