Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is in Brussels on Thursday to hold talks
with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President
of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
Among the topics on the agenda will be the long-term perspective of the
European budget ahead of the extraordinary summit scheduled for February
Prior to his visit to Brussels, Prime Minister Babiš held talks with his Slovak counterpart Petr Pellegrini in Bratislava. Mr Babiš said after the meeting that he was against the current EU budget proposal for 2021-2027, which plans on cutting cohesion policy funding due to the impact of Brexit.
The National Museum in Prague has become available for exploration via
Google Street View. As of Thursday, users can take a virtual tour of the
building, including the Pantheon, the dome and the building’s second
floor, which is not accessible to the public.
All of the Czech Republic’s UNESCO heritage sites as well as many castles and natural sites are now accessible via Google’s mapping service, which was first launched 15 years ago.
Among the Czech Republic’s most visited sites on Google Street View are Prague Castle, the South Bohemian town of Český Krumlov and the centre of the Czech capital.
The Ferdinand Peroutka Prize for journalist of the year has gone to writer
and commentator Ondřej Štindl, who currently works as a columnist for the
news site and weekly Echo 24.
Štindl has also written two novels and several screenplays, two of which received the Czech Republic’s most prestigious film awards, the Czech Lions.
He received the prize in a ceremony at Prague’s DOX centre for contemporary art on Wednesday evening.
The award is named after František Peroutka, one of the most significant figures of Czech journalism, who died in exile in 1983.
The Czech Republic’s industrial production has declined for the first
time in five years: it suffered a drop by 3.4 percent in December, the
Czech Statistics Office reported on Thursday. The development was affected
mainly by a lower production of motor vehicles, other transport equipment
According to preliminary data, the country’s external balance in goods ended in a deficit of CZK 6.7 billion, which was worse by CZK 2.1 billion than in the previous year.
Exports decreased year-on-year by 2.4 percent to CZK 247 billion while imports fell by1.5 percent to 253.7 billion.
The mountain rescue service in the Jeseníky Mountains in the north-east of the Czech Republic has declared a third-degree avalanche alert on a five point scale. Strong winds and up to thirty centimetres of fresh snow over the past few days are reported to have created a highly unstable layer of snow on many slopes. Skiers have been warned not to take risks or stray from marked trails
The electronic cash register system, known as EET, is expected to bring
some CZK 15.2 billion into state coffers this year, Finance Minister Alena
Schillerová said on Thursday.
Some CZK 2.4 billion out of the total will come from the extension of EET’s online reporting requirements, approved this May, to professions that were not yet subject to it, including craftsmen, doctors, lawyers and taxi drivers.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš introduced the EET in 2016, when he was serving as finance minister, to counter the grey economy and tax fraud.
Czech utility ČEZ plans to build a 'gigafactory' for batteries
for cars in North Bohemia in the coming years that would use lithium
discovered in the Ore Mountains near Cínovec, on the German border.
Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček said during a visit to Berlin on Wednesday that ČEZ plans to use lithium stocks from both countries.
The Czech Republic has the biggest lithium reserves in Europe and many politicians have pushed for its mining to be in the hands of a state-controlled company, such as ČEZ.
The Vatican has banned a Czech priest who served in Pelhřimov from
practising due to allegations he sexually abused two women during the
1990s, ČTK reports.
Local Catholic Church officials opened their own inquiry some three years ago. The allegations against him are of sexual harrassment and inappropriate contact with two women in his parish between 1991 and 1999.
This autumn, Cardinal Dominik Duka was investigated by police after having been accused of covering up a case of sexual abuse in the Dominican Order.
Duka has until recently tended to downplay the problem, claiming such allegations were rarely justified and part of a wider “media campaign” against the Catholic Church.
The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) is commemorating the 250th anniversary
of Beethoven's birthday with concerts on Wednesday and Thursday.
Beethoven was born in late 1770, but the exact date is unknown. The composer was baptised on December 17 of that year.
The Prague Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of German conductor Michael Sanderling at the Prague Municipal House (Obecní dům).
Apart from works by Beethoven, the programme includes Absolute Jest, a concerto for string quartet and orchestra by American composer John Adams.