The Czech Republic has officially joined the European Union’s plan for
achieving climate neutrality by 2050, Minister of the Environment Richard
Brabec (ANO) said in a letter addressed to the EU executive arm and member
The business daily Hospodářské noviny, which has published the letter, notes that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) had repeatedly criticized the same plan, arguing the costs to industry by moving that fast were too high.
Brabec says in the letter that the Czech government supports the 2050 target date but also wants to use nuclear technologies, and argues that the country should receive the greatest possible support from the European budget, as the plan will affect poorer and industrial regions.
In the letter, the government also calls for a cautious approach to the EU’s plans for 2030 – by when emissions should fall by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels. Brabec first wants to evaluate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, Hospodářské noviny adds.
Police in Ústí nad Labem are prosecuting a man who appeared in a recent
Czech documentary highlighting the dangers posed by online predators, for
spreading child pornography and related charges, iROZHLAS reports.
‘Caught in the Net’, which presented youthful-looking adult actresses as 12-years-olds on fake social media profiles to expose online predators, has led to several criminal investigations. The Ústí police studied his Skype communication, including unedited parts recorded during filming.
The other charges against the suspect include establishing illegal contact with a child, endangering the upbringing of young people, and the production and other handling of child pornography. The man co-organized camps, school trips to the countryside, and other children's events.
‘Caught in the Net’ is the biggest box-office documentary in the history of the Czech Republic. Previously, the most popular documentary film was ‘Citizen Havel’ by Miroslav Janek, released in 2007.
Turkey has criticised the Czech Senate for passing a motion condemning the
Armenian genocide which took place in the Ottoman Empire during the First
According to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs it was a malicious act, given the fact that the motion was approved by a small number of Senators at a time when the whole world is fighting the coronavirus .
The Senate on Wednesday approved the same resolution as the Chamber of Deputies did three years ago, condemning the genocide of Armenians which it likened to Nazi crimes against the Jewish, Slav and Roma populations.
Strong winds with gusts of up to 65 kilometres per hour – enough to snap
trees and damage buildings – are due to hit the Czech Republic on
Saturday, the Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) warns.
Affected areas include much of southern Bohemia, Vysočina, the Pardubice region and parts of the central Bohemian, Hradec Králové and South Moravian regions.
The gusts are expected to last from 2pm to 10pm. During that time, it is best to avoid being outdoors or driving, while windows and loose objects should be secured, the ČHMÚ says.
The Prague Transport Company (DPP) has launched preliminary consultations
with potential suppliers of automatic metro control systems for the planned
D line and possibly the existing C line.
Automatic operation makes it possible to shorten intervals and respond faster to emergencies. DPP will seek information from eight manufacturers towards setting conditions for a public tender, beginning in July.
Two historic cottages, designated as cultural monuments, burned down in the
České Švýcarsko National Park near Rynartice on Friday. Firefighters
have declared a third-degree fire alarm.
Dozens of firefighters were taken by helicopter to the site, called Na Tokáni, a popular destination for tourists.
The blaze engulfed the privately owned wooden cottages built in the 1930s. A nearby former Alpine style hunting lodge and cluster of log cabins were undamaged.
The number of coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic rose by 33 on
Thursday, which is the lowest number over the past week, according to Czech
Health Ministry statistics.
The number of registered cases has reached 8,754. 306 people have died and 5,962 have recovered from the disease. Around 150 people are hospitalized with Covid-19, some 30 of them are in serious condition.
Another large-scale testing is due to take place at the Darkov mine in
Karviná in the Moravian Silesian region this weekend, after an outbreak of
Covid-19 cases among the miners.
The virus was first detected last week and by Thursday, the number of cases among the miners and their families has increased to over 150.
Nearly 900 employees of the mine have already been tested and another 1,000 are to be tested this weekend.
The mine is operating as usual but strict hygiene conditions are in place.
The Škoda Auto carmaker has suspended deliveries of its Octavia models due
to a malfunctioning eCall software. The system for activating emergency
services is mandatory in all cars sold in the EU since the end of March
Deliveries of the latest generation Golf, which has the same technical base as Octavia, have also been halted.
According to the Škoda Auto spokesperson, Pavel Jína, the company is currently working to fix the problem and will announce next steps as soon as possible. Some reports say that a software update to fix the issue won’t be available until the third week of June.
Archeologists working on a dig in the area around the village of Domašín
in North-East Bohemia have found evidence of an Iron Age burial site likely
associated with an Urnfield culture settlement found in the nearby village
It is the latest in a series of discoveries on the site since the archeological dig began earlier in the Spring of this year. Martina Beková, from the nearby Rychnov Museum, says that the Domašín site is the richest find in the area for the past 10 years.