The Czech Republic’s minister of industry and trade, Karel Havlíček,
will also be appointed minister of transport on Friday. The ANO appointee
will get the post officially once the party’s leader, Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš, returns from an overseas trip.
In a related move, the ministries of transport and industry and trade are to be merged into one government department.
The previous ANO minister of transport, Vladimír Kremlík, was dismissed by the prime minister on Monday following criticism of the price tag attached to a sales system for new electronic motorway vignettes.
The Social Democrats, the junior partner in a government coalition with
ANO, said they would prefer if the party found a new dedicated minister of
transport rather than having the minister of industry trade, Karel
Havlíček, hold both portfolios. The party are also against the planned
merger of the ministries of transport and industry and trade.
The head of the Social Democrats deputies group, Jan Chvojka, said the party would raise the matter at a meeting of the coalition council.
The Communists, who support the minority government on key votes, are also against the changes that have followed Monday’s sacking of Vladimír Kremlík as transport minister.
Communist leader Vojtěch Filip said he believed the handing of a second ministerial position to Mr. Havlíček would be a temporary situation.
The mayor of a north Bohemian town where eight people died in a fire at a
psychiatric home on Sunday has called for amendments to legislation to
better protect patients and staff. Vejprty mayor Jitka Gavdunová told the
newspaper Hospodářské noviny that clients at the Kavkaz home had
attempted to set fires several times before the tragedy occurred. She said
that under present regulations staff were not allowed to confiscate matches
or cigarette lighters from clients and appealed to the government to
However the country’s ombudswoman, Anna Šabatová, said it was not possible to place restrictions on clients that were out of proportion to potential risks.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’decision to merge the Ministry of Transport
with the Ministry of Trade and Industry has met with mixed reactions.
The head of the Czech Transport Association Petr Kašík expressed concern regarding the possible disruptions such far-reaching changes would bring. He said that in view of the frequent change of guard at the top post –citing three ministers in the past two years – the Transport Ministry lacked stability.
Miroslav Diro, spokesman for the Czech Chamber of Commerce, also questioned the ability of one man to manage two very demanding portfolios.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Monday announced his decision to dismiss Transport Minister Vladimír Kremlík over an overpriced tender to operate a new online system of motorway vignette sales.
Mr. Babiš said he would put Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlíček in charge of the transport ministry portfolio on a permanent basis and ask him to effect a merger of the two institutions.
President Zeman has accepted the prime minister’s decision.
Second seed Karolína Plíšková beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 7-5 on Rod
Laver Arena on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Australian
Plíšková called it a "tough test" against 41st-ranked Mladenovic. "We had some good matches in the past and it was tough mentally in the second set," said Plíšková, who beat Naomi Osaka on the way to winning the Brisbane title this month.
Plíšková will next play either Germany's Laura Siegemund or American wildcard CoCo Vandeweghe.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has announced his decision to dismiss
Transport Minister Vladimír Kremlík over an overpriced tender to operate
a new online system of motorway vignette sales.
The prime minister said the 400 million crown contract awarded to Asseco Central Europe had been badly organised and put together. He said the matter had not been consulted with him and the transport minister had refused to accept the blame and abrogate the tender.
Mr. Babiš said he would put Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlíček in charge of the transport ministry portfolio. According to Czech Television President Zeman has accepted the prime minister’s decision.
The speaker of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera has died at the age of 72, a
spokesperson for the upper house reported on Monday. Mr. Kubera was
reported to have been unexpectedly taken ill on his way to work and died
shortly after in hospital. Jaroslav Kubera was elected head of the Senate
in November of 2018. In previous years he served as mayor of Teplice (1994
Tributes are pouring in for the seasoned politician from across the political spectrum. Jaroslav Kubera was a fine man with a great sense of humour. When he took the helm in the Senate he gave things new dynamics, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš wrote on Twitter, extending heartfelt condolences to Jaroslav Kubera’s family.
President Miloš Zeman said via his spokesman: Although we had differences of opinion, I considered Jaroslav Kubera a friend. The news of his death touched me deeply.
The head of the Civic Democrats Petr Fiala, Kubera’s own party, said Kubera was a good and honest man, a defender of freedom and common sense.
The head of the centre-right TOP 09 party Markéta Adamova said Kubera would be remembered as a straightforward politician who always spoke his own mind. I did not always agree with him, but his attitude commanded respect, Adamova said.
The Prague Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine IKEM last year
conducted a record number of 540 organ transplants on 486 patients, the
head of the institute Ondřej Viklický told journalists at a press
briefing in Prague on Monday.
He said this made IKEM the biggest transplant centre in Europe, with more transplants performed than the biggest transplant centres in Great Britain or the Scandinavian countries.
IKEM performs 70 percent of all the transplants performed in the Czech Republic. Other transplant clinics are in university hospitals in Prague’s Motol Hospital, in Brno, Hradec Králové, Plzen, Ostrava and Olomouc.
A man who was critically injured during a fire in a care home for people
with mental and multiple disabilities in the town of Vejprty, north
Bohemia, remains in serious condition, a spokesman for the Chomutov
hospital which admitted the patients reported.
Another man is reported to be out of danger and rest have been released into home care. Eight people were killed in the fire and another 29 people were injured.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated. The head of the facility admitted that some of the home’s clients secretly smoked on the premises and had previously started fires by accident.