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Electricity prices at highest in seven years

Prague Daily Monitor Czech Television reports that electricity prices are at the highest they have been in the last seven years and are expected to continue rising. read more more >>

Wind and fire warning in place on Tuesday

Prague Daily Monitor The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMU) warned citizens to be aware of the risks posed by strong winds and dry, warm temperatures and their ability to cause forest fires. Winds with gusts of up to 70km/h are expected on Tuesday afternoon and evening. read more more >>

Forest fire in the Pilsen region

Prague Daily Monitor Fire fighters doused a potentially life-threating forest fire on the outskirts of Pilsen, on Monday evening. reports that the fire spread to the northern edge of Pilsen, behind the Lochotín housing estate towards Krkavec Hill. read more more >>

MP Dominik Feri suffers racist attack in Moravia

Prague Daily Monitor MP Dominik Feri (TOP 09) who is the youngest parliamentarian in the history of the Czech Republic, was racially attacked by two unidentified men, in the village of Borsice, near Uherske Hradiste, in Moravia, on Sunday afternoon. read more more >>

Justice minister‘s resignation raises concerns about possible political pressure on judiciary

The unexpected resignation of Justice Minister Jan Kněžínek late last week, coming just one day after police investigators proposed charging the prime minister with EU subsidy fraud has raised an outcry from opposition politicians, who say the move gives serious cause for concern about ... more >>

State agencies CzechInvest, CzechTrade have de facto merged, Industry Minister says

The planned merger of state agencies CzechInvest and CzechTrade is nearly complete, Minister of Industry Marta Nováková told a news conference on Tuesday. The process should be finalised when the agencies move to a new joint location, she said. Two weeks earlier, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš ... more >>

Czech, Serbian foreign ministers to discuss bilateral trade, EU enlargement

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) is due on Tuesday to discuss the prospects of Serbia entering the European Union with his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dačić. The Czech Republic has been a vocal supporter of EU enlargement to the Western Balkan countries, including ... more >>

Prague councillors to form Karlovo náměstí renewal committee

Prague City Hall councillors have agreed to establish a committee of experts this month to oversee the renovation of Karlovo náměstí, one of the largest squares in Europe. Initial plans include adding more walking paths, greenery and a playground to the site, which when founded by Charles IV in... more >>

Prague orchestras hosting Notre-Dame benefit concert on Tuesday night

The Czech Republic’s top orchestras are staging a benefit concert in Prague on Tuesday evening to aid in the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral, which went up in flames a week before Easter. The programme consists of Antonín Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, under the baton of Tomáš Netopil, principle ... more >>

Easter Monday forest fire near Pilsen extinguished, drought likely a factor

A forest fire north of Pilsen that broke out on Easter Monday afternoon spread to an area of about six hectares before it was brought under control, causing nearly CZK 1 million in damage. It took dozens of firefighters several hours to extinguish the fire, the cause of which has not yet been ... more >>

Waste Act short on specifics for phasing out landfills, critics say

Environmental and business groups have criticised the forthcoming Act on Waste and related legislation for allegedly failing to address the final use of waste and recycling issues according to EU targets. Representatives of employers’ unions and municipalities say the Act on Waste foresees ... more >>

Weather outlook

Wednesday should be partly cloudy throughout the country with average daytime highs of between 21 and 26 degrees Celsius. The outlook for Thursday is much the same. more >>

Czechs mark World Book Day

Publishers, booksellers and librarians have planned dozens of events to mark World Book Day on April 23rd. On the day itself and throughout most of the week people can attend book launches, seminars and book readings at bookstores and libraries around the country. World Book Day designated ... more >>

Foreign Ministry warns Czechs in Sri Lanka to exercise extreme caution

The Czech Foreign Ministry has issued a warning to Czech nationals currently in Sri Lanka to exercise extreme caution, respect any restrictions imposed by the local authorities and keep themselves informed about developments. Although the ministry has stopped short of issuing a recommendation ... more >>

Shoppers increasingly turning to organic foods

The Czech Ministry of Agriculture has just released data which shows the organic food market grew at an exceptionally high pace in 2017. However, the sector’s market size is still very low compared to conventional food products. more >>

Daily news summary 22.4.2019

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Czech politicians congratulate Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory in Ukraine’s presidential elections

Czech politicians have congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory in Ukraine’s presidential elections. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš wished him patience and strength saying he would lead the country at an immensely difficult time. Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček wrote on Twitter that ... more >>

Czech politicians congratulating Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory in Ukraine’s presidential elections

Czech politicians have started congratulating Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory in Ukraine’s presidential elections. Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček wrote on Twitter that Zelensky’s decisive victory showed the strength of civil society. He said Ukraine had made considerable progress on ... more >>

Foreign gallery heads stand up for Jiří Fajt

The heads of twelve foreign museums and galleries have written an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš expressing shock and dismay at the sacking of the head of the Prague National Gallery Jiří Fajt. The heads of national galleries and cultural institutions in Europe and the US say that ... more >>

Hockey coach Luděk Bukač dies at 83

Czech hockey coach Luděk Bukač has died at the age of 83. He led the national team to victory in the 1985 and 1996 world championships in Prague and Vienna and helped the team to a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo. The president of the Czech Hockey Association Tomáš Král ... more >>
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