The Prague City Council is to debate a rise in taxi fare rates, which are
regulated on the territory of Prague.
The present ceiling on the basic charge is to rise from 40 to 60 crowns, the waiting rate should climb from 6 to 7 crowns and the maximum fare per kilometre should rise from 28 to 36 crowns.
The tariffs were last increased in 2006 and no longer cover expenditures. The hikes are to be debated by councillors on Monday.
It is essential to work on averting a military conflict in the Middle East
and get Iran to stop supporting terrorist groups which are destabilizing
the region, Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said following a
meeting with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubei in Prague on Friday.
The two officials discussed the situation in the region following the killing of Iran’s military leader in Iraq and retaliatory strikes by Iran, focussing on the possibility to start multilateral negotiations which would defuse the tensions.
The Czech foreign minister said stabilizing Iraq was also a major priority. The Czech Republic, which has soldiers and police officers in NATO's training mission in Iraq, has said it hopes to be able to continue in its work once the situation has calmed down.
Former justice minister and the current government commissioner for human
rights, Helena Válková, has rejected allegations that she had defended
laws against dissidents during the Communist regime and collaborated in her
professional work with the former state prosecutor Josef Urválek, who was
responsible for securing the death sentences of Milada Horáková, Rudolf
Slánský and others in 1950s Communist show trials.
Válková told journalists that the claims made by the news site info.cz were untruthful and insulting and that she planned to sue the site for slander.
At the same time Ms. Válková, whom the president nominated for the position of Ombudswoman, told Czech Television she had not been aware of Urvalek’s past when she worked with him.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček have both said the allegations are extremely serious and that they are awaiting an explanation from Mrs. Válková.
The Czech Republic’s second public bird census got underway on Friday.
Over the course of the next three days, people can observe birds flocking
on feeders in their gardens or parks, identify the species and send the
findings to the Czech Ornithological Society’s Website.
The purpose of the citizen science project is to discover more about the development of the country’s common birds.
Some 14,000 people took part in the census last year. The results showed that the most common birds in Czech gardens include blue tits and house sparrows.
The Czech Republic’s year-on-year industrial production figures dropped
by 3.2 percent in November, the Czech Statistics Office reported on Friday.
Unadjusted for working days, the decrease was 5.7 percent.
The development was affected mainly by lower production of motor vehicles,
other transport equipment and machinery.
The country’s external balance in good ended in a surplus of CZK 10.2 billion, which was by 6.9 billion lower than in the previous year.
Exports decreased year-on-year by 6.2% to CZK 325.5 billion, while imports fell by 4.4% to CZK 315.4 billion.
The Czech Republic will donate two million crowns to Australia to help with
the response to the devastating bushfires, which have swept large parts of
Australia since October, the Foreign Ministry’s press department said on
According to Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, the humanitarian help will be coordinated by the Czech Embassy in Canberra and will be used mainly to help people who lost their homes as a result of the fires. Meanwhile, Prague City Hall announced it will donate 160,000 crowns to the Australian Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund, which operates Melbourne Zoo.
At least 26 people have been killed in the unprecedented bushfires and more than 10.3 million hectares of land has burned. It is estimated that nearly half a billion animals have been lost to the fire.
Czech agricultural turnover exceeded CZK 19.4 billion last year,
discounting EU subsidies, according to preliminary data of the Institute of
Agricultural Economics and Information, released on Thursday.
Agricultural production in 2018 rose by 9.1 billion crowns to over CZK 151 billion, while expenditures increased by CZK six billion to 175 billion.
According to the head of the Agrarian Chamber, Zdeněk Jandejsek, EU subsidies account for up to 25 percent of the country’s overall agricultural production.
Former minister of justice and current government commissioner for human
rights, Helena Válková, defended laws against dissidents during the
Communist regime, the news site info.cz reported on Thursday.
At the turn of the 1970s and 80s, Mrs Válková published a series of articles in which she defended measures used by the Communist regime to restrict the rights of its opponents, the website writes.
It also says she collaborated on writing one of her articles with the state prosecutor Josef Urválek, who was responsible for securing the death sentences of Milada Horáková, Rudolf Slánský and others in 1950s Communist show trials.
Mrs Válková, whom President Miloš Zeman recently proposed for the post of the Czech Republic’s ombudswoman, denied any wrongdoing, saying the article was insulting and untruthful.
A meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday addressed the
conflict between Iran and the United States following the killing of
Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said after the meeting that Czech police
officers, soldiers and civilians in Iraq were safe, adding that the Czech
Republic had funds at hand for their possible evacuation from the country.
The Czech Army currently has around 40 soldiers and police officers in Iraq mainly working to train Iraqi security forces to fight against the ISIS militia.
According to the general chief of staff, they will remain stationed in Iraq but increased security measures will be taken to ensure their safety.
Five Czech police officers who are part of a military mission in Iraq will
temporarily return to the Czech Republic due to a restricted operation of
the training centre in Baghdad, Police President Jan Švejdar said on
According to the police president’s spokeswoman, Kateřina Rendlová, the move has nothing to do with the development of the safety situation in the country. The police officers are due to return to Iraq as soon as the training resumes its operation.