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EU’s future regional funding budget for Czechia to be 20 percent lower

The EU has so far promised to provide CZK 100 billion in funding through its Integrated Regional Operational Program between the years 2021 to 2027, a decrease of around one-fifth compared to the previous term, the minister of regional development, Klára Dostálová of ANO, told journalists ... more >>
 

Minister tells Turkish ambassador country should stop military operations in northern Syria

Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček summoned the Turkish ambassador for a meeting on Monday to reiterate the European Union’s priority of finding a diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria and called on Turkey to halt its ongoing military operations in the region. An ... more >>
 

Weather

The country’s Indian summer is set to continue on Tuesday with sunny skies and temperatures hovering between 18 to 24 degrees Celsius. The warm spell is expected to end on Wednesday, when the average temperature will go down to 16 degrees and rains hit the northern and eastern parts of the country. more >>
 

Siniaková and Krejčíková qualify for doubles WTA Finals

The Czech doubles team of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková has qualified for tennis’s WTA Finals in Shenzhen. It is the second time in a row that the pair have qualified for the prestigious, season-ending tournament. They secured their place after winning the Linz Doubles on Sunday, ... more >>
 

Public pay last respects to deceased actress and Charter 77 signatory Vlasta Chramostová

Leading representatives of the Czech cultural scene, as well as members of the wider public, gathered at the National Theatre in Prague on Monday to attend an official farewell ceremony for actress and Charter 77 signatory Vlasta Chramostová, who died this month at the age of 92. The event, which... more >>
 

Moody’s downgrades outlook for Czech banking sector

The international rating agency Moody's Investors Service has downgraded its outlook for the Czech banking sector from positive to stable. The change is mainly due to the slowdown in the country’s economic growth, the Czech News Agency reports. Moody’s said on Monday that after years of rapid loan… more >>
 

Court: State apology not necessary for Zeman’s statement about Peroutka

The Ministry of Finance will not have to issue an apology on its website regarding Czech President Miloš Zeman’s false statement that the acclaimed Czech writer Ferdinand Peroutka wrote an article entitled “Hitler is a gentleman” during the 1930s. The Prague 1 District Court dismissed the lawsuit... more >>
 

Fairytale for Ondrášek as Czechs come from behind to beat England

The Czech Republic’s footballers have greatly boosted their chances of reaching Euro 2020 after beating England 2:1 in Prague. Friday night’s game was a genuine fairy tale for Zdeněk Ondrášek, who at the age of 30 scored on his debut to claim victory. For his part, England’s Harry Maguire ... more >>
 

Czech foreign minister summons Turkish ambassador over Syria offensive

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) has summoned Turkey’s ambassador for a meeting on Monday over the offensive in northeast Syria, he announced on Twitter. Ankara aims to move millions of refugees into conquered Syrian territory. Petříček, voicing widely held European... more >>
 

D1 motorway accident leaves one dead, 10 injured, 4 cars aflame

A mass accident on the D1 highway in the Benešov region on Sunday evening left one person dead, 10 injured and four cars burned. A police officer directing traffic away from the scene was also injured by passing driver. The accident involved a tanker truck and occurred at the 49-kilometre marker... more >>
 

Pepper de Callier: Things to Think About

Prague Leadership Institute "Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work." Some might note a bit of cynicism in Chuck Close's quote, but I see a deeper meaning to it. To me, what Close is saying is that inspiration can only go so far, and after a while, the ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 13.10.2019

Forum 2000 starts, path from Říp to Blaník, Czech Radio’s ‘68’ wins Prix Euro more >>
 

190-km Czech pilgrimage path links mythical mountains of Říp, Blaník

A new 190-kilometre long ‘pilgrimage’ path linking two mountains with mythical status in Czech history – Říp and Blaník – has been opened by the Cesta Česka (Czech Way) association and the Czech Tourists Club. Říp Mountain is where legend has it that Father Čech decided his people would settle ... more >>
 

Poll: PM’s ANO party at 30 pct support, partner Soc Dems at 5 pct threshold

PM Andrej Babiš’s ANO centre-right party would gain 30 percent of the electorate if a vote were held in September, according to a poll by the Kantar CZ agency for Czech Television. The opposition Pirate Party and Civic Democrats (ODS) would gain 15.5 percent and 14.5 percent of the vote, ... more >>
 

Government to discuss Czech EU Presidency draft budget

The cabinet is due on Wednesday to discuss the draft budget and staffing levels for the Czech Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2022 of the Presidency. Early this year, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) requested that the anticipated expenditures of 2.6 billion crowns be ... more >>
 

Slovak president cancels Forum 2000 address in Prague due to illness

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová will not attend the Forum 2000 international conference in Prague, where she was to deliver a speech on Monday, due to health reasons. She was due to be one of the main speakers at the 23rd Forum 2000 Conference, which began on Sunday afternoon, and this year ... more >>
 

Weather outlook

Monday should be warm and sunny, with average daytime highs of between 19 to 23 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Czech Radio’s ‘Project 68’ reconstructing Soviet invasion wins Prix Europa

Czech Radio’s ‘Project 68’ series, commemorating the events of the Prague Spring and the Soviet-led invasion, has won the Prix Europa for best European digital audio project. Throughout 2018, it commemorated the watershed year with projections, concerts, conferences, a multimedia mobile game ... more >>
 

ČNB: One-third fewer counterfeit banknotes, coins detected in Q3

The Czech National Bank (ČNB) seized 985 counterfeit and altered banknotes and coins in the third quarter of 2019, a drop of 35 percent year-on-year. The number of counterfeits decreased in Czech crowns, Euros and US dollars. Most counterfeit coins and banknotes were in Czech crowns, totaling ... more >>
 

Rents in Brno, Pilsen grew faster in Q3 than in Prague

The year-on-year growth in rental prices grew faster in Brno and Pilsen than in Prague in the third quarter of 2019, according to data compiled by the portal idealninajemce.cz. In the most popular category of rentals, 2+KK flats (two rooms and a kitchen corner), rates stagnated in the Czech ... more >>
 
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