Škoda Auto unions fear partial production of the Fabia model could shift
to Seat, a Spanish subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, with the departure
of that company’s CEO, Luca de Meo.
Production of the Superb model in the Czech Republic is also still in jeopardy, Škoda trade union head Jaroslav Povšík is quoted as in the union weekly, saying it may move to Turkey.
Škoda Auto is the biggest Czech car producer and country’s top exporter. It raised its domestic production by 2.5 percent to 670,156 cars in the first nine months of 2019.
China’s Hainan Airlines is halting regular direct flights from Beijing to
Prague starting in March, Czech Foreign Ministry officials have confirmed.
Hainan Airlines gave no reason for the disruption. But bilateral relations have cooled significantly in recent months following a series of diplomatic spats.
Earlier in January, Prague signed a sister city agreement with the Taiwanese capital Taipei – after having scrapped one with Beijing in a dispute over a clause therein regarding the “One China” policy in October.
President Miloš Zeman, who has pushed for closer ties with Beijing, says he will not attend China's “17+1” summit being in April unless the country is ready to sign new deals with Czech entrepreneurs on specific projects.
Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze that broke out on
Wednesday afternoon at a warehouse used by Prague’s famous film studio
It took six crews to extinguish the fire, which consumed some set decorations and construction materials. The full extent of the damage has not yet been reported.
Moscow authorities have given PPF Group, controlled by Czech billionaire
Petr Kellner, permission to build 1,500 flats in the Russian capital.
Separately, PPF is moving ahead with its mixed-use Comcity project in south-west Moscow, which will include two office buildings and a four-star Novotel hotel.
PPF now has six real estate projects underway or completed in Russia, including the Metropolis Administration Center and the South Gate Industrial Park in Moscow.
The Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitová advanced to the third round of
Australian Open, beating Paula Badosa of Spain 7-5, 7-5. The seventh-seeded
Czech, who lost last year’s final to Osaka, will next face Russia’s
Ekaterina Alexandrova for a place in the fourth round.
Second-seeded Karolína Plíšková confirmed her strong recent form by advancing to the third round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Laura Siegmund of Germany.
Another Czech, Karolína Muchová, lost in her second round match against Catherine Bellis of the U.S. 6-4, 6-4.
The Czech Republic has significantly worsened its standing in watchdog
Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index for 2019.
Under TI’s criteria, the country picked up 56 points compared to 59 in 2018, falling from 38th to 44th spot in the ranking of 180 countries. In Europe, the Czech Republic dropped to 19th spot from last years’ 16th, lagging behind the EU average by eight points.
According to Transparency International, the drop is caused by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’ alleged conflict of interest stemming from the multi-billion crown agro-chemical empire Agrofert he owned and later placed in trust funds and EU subsidies to the said holding.
Transparency International’s annual Index has rated countries by perceived levels of corruption since 1995 on a scale of 0 to 2100, with 0 being very corrupt and 100 being very clean.
Miloš Zeman has granted his twelfth presidential pardon since being
appointed in 2013, his spokesman Jiří Ovčáček told the Czech News
Agency on Wednesday. The recipient of the pardon is a man charged with
property crime and robbery and is a repeat offender who suffers from
Prior to his election President Zeman said he would only grant pardons in very exceptional cases and transferred the power to conduct clemency reviews to the minister of justice.
President Miloš Zeman has dismissed Minister of Transport Vladimír
Kremlík from his post, effective as of January 23rd, the president’s
spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said on Wednesday.
Mr Kremlík was dismissed over an overpriced tender to operate a new online system of motorway vignette sales. The president has authorized Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlíček to take charge of the transport ministry portfolio on a permanent basis.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced on Monday he was planning a merger of the two institutions.
A public memorial service for the chairman of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera,
who died on Sunday at the age of 72, will take place on February 3 in the
north Bohemian town of Teplice, where he served as a long-time mayor.
Another farewell gathering is due to take place at Prague’s Rudolfinum on
the same day. The funeral will be held for close friends and family only.
President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday set a date for a special election to fill Mr Kubera’s seat in the Senate, which will be held in the region of Teplice on March 27 and 28.
The Czech National Anti-Drug Centre in cooperation with customs officers
and the Czech Post uncovered two cases of drugs sales via Dark net.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, the agency’s head Jakub Frydrych said the perpetrators had been sending several kilogrammes of drugs every month from the Czech Republic to destinations all around the world.
The offenders, aged 25 to 28, were apprehended during two separate operations.