en News on PragueConnect.cz – powered by PragueConnect.cz http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s415/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News News on PragueConnect.cz portal – powered by PragueConnect.cz Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:41:54 GMT Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:41:54 GMT 60 PragueConnect.cz RSS 2.0 generator Prague ranks among best student cities http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c205-Education/n8539-Prague-ranks-among-best-student-cities http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c205-Education/n8539-Prague-ranks-among-best-student-cities Prague tied for 26th place on a 2017 ranking of best student cities by UK-based education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Some 100 cities were ranked, so Prague just missed the top quarter. Montreal came in first, bringing an end to Paris' reign at the top. London came in third. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:58:28 GMT Škoda and ČEZ working on electric cars http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n8534-Skoda-and-CEZ-working-on-electric-cars http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n8534-Skoda-and-CEZ-working-on-electric-cars The two largest Czech companies, carmaker Škoda Auto and energy giant ČEZ, plan to work together to develop electric cars and infrastructure. Škoda will make electric cars while ČEZ will develop and build charging stations. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:08:20 GMT Czech internet turns 25 http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n8485-Czech-internet-turns-25 http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n8485-Czech-internet-turns-25 The internet arrived in then-Czechoslovakia on Feb. 13, 1992, with Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT) having the first connection. From that humble start it has spread to where it is now an essential part of almost every business and home. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:10:32 GMT Tourist numbers rose in 2016 http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n8450-Tourist-numbers-rose-in-2016 http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n8450-Tourist-numbers-rose-in-2016 Tourism was up in 2016 for both Prague and the Czech Republic as a whole, as measured by both the number of visitors and by overnight stays. Numbers for visitors from China were up sharply. Figures for Russians are still down but starting to recover. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:57:39 GMT UNYP wins second Superbrands title http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n570491-UNYP-wins-second-Superbrands-title http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n570491-UNYP-wins-second-Superbrands-title University of New York in Prague took home for the second year in a row the prestigious marketing award, Czech Superbrands 2017. Each year, international experts of business, communications, marketing and more evaluate brands on several criteria, such as reputation and brand awareness. After tallying up a certain level of points, the experts award the title of Superbrands to the winner. Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:09:12 GMT Crime rate falls in ČR in 2016 for third time in row http://praguemonitor.com/2017/01/25/crime-rate-falls-%C4%8Dr-2016-third-time-row http://praguemonitor.com/2017/01/25/crime-rate-falls-%C4%8Dr-2016-third-time-row The crime rate in the Czech Republic fell by 12 percent in 2016, compared with the preceding year, which was the third yearly decline in a row, the police told the media yesterday, adding that a total of 217,927 crimes were registered. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:54:27 GMT Czech-German declaration was not to solve past problems, Klaus says http://praguemonitor.com/2017/01/25/czech-german-declaration-was-not-solve-past-problems-klaus-says http://praguemonitor.com/2017/01/25/czech-german-declaration-was-not-solve-past-problems-klaus-says The 1997 Czech-German declaration did not aim to resolve all problems between the two countries having their roots in the past and it did not seek reconciliation between the two nations, but rather reconciliation with one's own past, former president Vaclav Klaus said yesterday. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:53:25 GMT US Ambassador Schapiro ends his term http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c214-Business/n8253-US-Ambassador-Schapiro-ends-his-term http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c214-Business/n8253-US-Ambassador-Schapiro-ends-his-term US Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew Schapiro has ended his tenure, along with all other political appointees of the Barack Obama administration. Incoming US President Donald Trump asked all the political appointees to step down by the Jan. 20 inauguration. Usually, the incoming president allows ambassadors a grace period so their children can complete the school year, but Trump has broken with tradition. Schapiro was appointed September 2014. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:02:43 GMT CIA feared 'Czech Atomic Cannon' http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n8237-CIA-feared-Czech-Atomic-Cannon http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n8237-CIA-feared-Czech-Atomic-Cannon The US Central Intelligence Agency opened up an online database of 13 million pages of declassified documents, with many of them relating to the Cold War and then-Czechoslovakia. The documents also covered other topics including UFOs, bizarre special projects and psychic experiments, which are sure to keep conspiracy buffs happy for years. Most documents are mundane and routine reports. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:41:34 GMT JobSpin.cz Multilingual Job Fair headed to Brno http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n564445-JobSpin-cz-Multilingual-Job-Fair-headed-to-Brno http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n564445-JobSpin-cz-Multilingual-Job-Fair-headed-to-Brno Many companies in the Czech Republic are actively seeking people with language skills to join their teams. The JobSpin.cz Multilingual Job Fair Brno Powered by Daily Monitor will be held in the South Moravian capital Feb. 25, 2017, from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. Entry is free for people who are registered for the event. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:36:01 GMT Love Trumps Hate Rally taking place in Prague http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c217-Sightseeing-Attractions/n8190-Love-Trumps-Hate-Rally-taking-place-in-Prague http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c217-Sightseeing-Attractions/n8190-Love-Trumps-Hate-Rally-taking-place-in-Prague A sister event to the Women’s March on Washington, the Love Trumps Hate rally will take place Jan. 21 from noon to 2 pm in Prague's Wenceslas Square near the statue of St Wenceslas. The rally happens on the first day of the new term of US President-elect Donald Trump, a Republican who won the most electoral votes in the federal election system, but had less popular support among those who voted than his main rival. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:19:02 GMT Prague gambling rooms set to vanish http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c200-Nightlife-Music/n8110-Prague-gambling-rooms-set-to-vanish http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c200-Nightlife-Music/n8110-Prague-gambling-rooms-set-to-vanish Some 69 gambling rooms were closed in Prague by the end of 2016. In total the Finance Ministry began 184 administrative proceedings before the end of the year. A law in effect since Jan. 1, 2016, has limited gambling machines to casinos. This laws was joined Jan. 1, 2017, by a separate gambling law setting high tax rates for online gambling operators and allowing for unlicensed gambling websites to be blocked. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:02:46 GMT Exchange of Kč 50 notes ends soon http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c214-Business/n8109-Exchange-of-Kc-50-notes-ends-soon http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c214-Business/n8109-Exchange-of-Kc-50-notes-ends-soon If you have been holding onto the pink-and-black Kč 50 banknote, you just have until the end of March to exchange them at seven branches of the Czech National Bank (ČNB). The notes have been invalid since April 1, 2011 and can no longer be exchanged at regular banks. Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:16:15 GMT Concerns have been raised over internet freedom http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n8092-Concerns-have-been-raised-over-internet-freedom http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n8092-Concerns-have-been-raised-over-internet-freedom Fake news has come under attack worldwide, with the Czech Republic setting up an office under the Ministry of Interior to combat misinformation spread by websites. At the same time, a new law on gambling backed by the Finance Ministry came into effect requiring internet service providers to block websites that offer illegal gambling. Both moves have raised concerns over internet censorship by government agencies. Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:03:07 GMT Czech Holidays in 2017 make several long weekends http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n8008-Czech-Holidays-in-2017-make-several-long-weekends http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n8008-Czech-Holidays-in-2017-make-several-long-weekends People who have just come through the holidays know the calendar can be cruel. Of the three days off for Christmas, only one was not on the weekend, which most people have off anyway. Thanks, Santa, for a perfect end to 2016. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:48:56 GMT Top Czech hotels named http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n7979-Top-Czech-hotels-named http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n7979-Top-Czech-hotels-named There are lots of different opinions as to what are the best hotels in the Czech Republic. A new ranking released by travel website Trivago gathered together customer ratings from several sources to make a sort of master list. Prague hotels dominated in the four- and five-star class, but the capital did less well among three-star accommodations in the Trivago Awards 2017. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:47:45 GMT What did the Czech Republic Google search the most in 2016? http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n7940-What-did-the-Czech-Republic-Google-search-the-most-in-2016 http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n7940-What-did-the-Czech-Republic-Google-search-the-most-in-2016 The annual statistics for Google, broken down by country, have been released and Czechs were most interested in searching rather pragmatic things. Facebook was first, followed by YouTube. Translating service (překladač) came in third. And asking about public transportation at IDOS came in fourth. Looking for news site iDNES rounded out the top five. Even in the top 10, there were no celebrities. A cloud service, online maps, online advertising, the weather and an e-mail service took the next five spots. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:44:47 GMT Did you join the CDK Global Bored? Bus for a Career with More Colour? http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c214-Business/n7842-Did-you-join-the-CDK-Global-Bored-Bus-for-a-Career-with-More-Colour http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c214-Business/n7842-Did-you-join-the-CDK-Global-Bored-Bus-for-a-Career-with-More-Colour If you saw a red double decker bus making its way around the streets of Prague last week and wanted to know what it was all about… look no further because we’ve got the answers. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:14:27 GMT Review results for CzechAid are in http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n545623-Review-results-for-CzechAid-are-in http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n545623-Review-results-for-CzechAid-are-in Peer reviews are a unique feature in international relations. OECD has mastered the art of peer pressure to perfection. Other organizations have followed such as the African Peer Review Mechanism. There is no perfect model of development cooperation. OECD respects and benefits from the diversity of its members. Peer reviews are a mutual learning exercise. They work both ways which I can confirm having served as an examiner during the peer review of Portugal. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:51:09 GMT Václav Havel Airport Prague adds new destinations http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n7476-Vaclav-Havel-Airport-Prague-adds-new-destinations http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n7476-Vaclav-Havel-Airport-Prague-adds-new-destinations Planes at Václav Havel Airport Prague began flying according to the winter schedule Oct. 30. This means that passengers can go from Prague to 11 new destinations in seven countries and reach a total of 105 locations in 39 countries. This is four more than last year. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:17:27 GMT Jobspin.cz Job Fair Powered by Prague.TV – 2017 dates released http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n536834-Jobspin-cz-Job-Fair-Powered-by-Prague-TV-2017-dates-released http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n536834-Jobspin-cz-Job-Fair-Powered-by-Prague-TV-2017-dates-released About 700 job seekers turned out Oct 15 for the first Jobspin.cz Job Fair powered by Prague.TV to meet with more than a dozen potential employers looking for people with language skills. Events organizors Jobspin.cz & Prague.TV recently released next events dates for Prague: the first multilingual job fair in 2017 will be held on April 8 and later in the year on October 21, 2017, again on the campus of Anglo-American University Prague (AAU). Sun, 30 Oct 2016 08:34:52 GMT Prague is 20th most-visited city in the worldwide http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n7396-Prague-is-20th-most-visited-city-in-the-worldwide http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n7396-Prague-is-20th-most-visited-city-in-the-worldwide Prague is the 20th most visited city in the world, according to the 2016 Global Destination Cities Index by Mastercard, falling one place from the previous index. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:02:48 GMT Jobspin.cz Job Fair saw hundreds of job seekers http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n532124-Jobspin-cz-Job-Fair-saw-hundreds-of-job-seekers http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n532124-Jobspin-cz-Job-Fair-saw-hundreds-of-job-seekers About 700 job seekers turned out Oct 15 for the Jobspin.cz Job Fair powered by Prague.TV to meet with more than a dozen potential employers looking for people with language skills. The next edition of the fair will be held in April 2017, again on the campus of Anglo-American University (AAU). Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:31:20 GMT Babiš to consult lawyers if new bill is passed by Senate http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/15/babi%C5%A1-consult-lawyers-if-new-bill-passed-senate http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/15/babi%C5%A1-consult-lawyers-if-new-bill-passed-senate Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) will wait until the conflict of interest bill is assessed by the Senate and President Milos Zeman and then he will consult lawyers on how to react, he said after the bill that restricts ministers' business activities was passed by the lower house yesterday. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:08:27 GMT Zeman to announce his possible presidential candidature in March http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/15/zeman-announce-his-possible-presidential-candidature-march http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/15/zeman-announce-his-possible-presidential-candidature-march Czech President Milos Zeman, 71, will announce in early March 2017 whether he is going to run for president again in the elections scheduled for early 2018, he told public Czech Television (CT) tonight. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:07:48 GMT Lower house backs moves curbing ministers’ business interests http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/15/lower-house-backs-moves-curbing-ministers%E2%80%99-business-interests http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/15/lower-house-backs-moves-curbing-ministers%E2%80%99-business-interests The Czech Chamber of Deputies passed an amendment toughening the conflict of interests law including some restrictions of ministers' businesses that are evidently aimed at Finance Minister and billionaire Andrej Babis (ANO) yesterday. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:07:07 GMT Prague to defend security at EU summit in Bratislava http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/13/prague-defend-security-eu-summit-bratislava http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/13/prague-defend-security-eu-summit-bratislava The Czech Republic will push for deepening EU security, both external and internal, and restart of the member states' coming closer to each other economically at the summit in Bratislava on Friday, according to the mandate for PM Bohuslav Sobotka that the cabinet approved tonight. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:27:55 GMT Zeman, Hofer want to to strengthen role of Central Europe in EU http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/13/zeman-hofer-want-strengthen-role-central-europe-eu http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/13/zeman-hofer-want-strengthen-role-central-europe-eu Czech President Milos Zeman and Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofer would like to strengthen the role of Central Europe in the European Union, the latter told journalist after their meeting yesterday. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:27:12 GMT Emirates Open Day in Prague 2016 – how to become a Cabin Crew member? http://www.jobsin.cz/en/s977/top-menu/c2015-News-Articles/n518195-Emirates-Open-Day-in-Prague-how-to-become-a-Cabin-Crew-member http://www.jobsin.cz/en/s977/top-menu/c2015-News-Articles/n518195-Emirates-Open-Day-in-Prague-how-to-become-a-Cabin-Crew-member Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, continues its recruitment process in the Czech Republic. The next Open Day will be held on the 10th of September 2016 in Prague . Candidates who want to take part in the next assessment meeting can prepare themselves by following 5 key tips which will help them to succeed. Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:25:55 GMT World’s Best News for the second time in the Czech Republic http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n518570-World-s-Best-News-for-the-second-time-in-the-Czech-Republic http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n518570-World-s-Best-News-for-the-second-time-in-the-Czech-Republic On 9 th of September Czech organizations will join the successful Danish information campaign World´s Best News for the second time. The campaign aims to increase public awareness of the progress on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Volunteers will be handing out special newspapers about positive news from all around the world on this day in Prague and other cities. Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:05:18 GMT Ryanair announces new routes from Prague http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n6881-Ryanair-announces-new-routes-from-Prague http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n6881-Ryanair-announces-new-routes-from-Prague Low-cost carrier Ryanair announced the launch of two new routes from Prague in its summer 2017 schedule. The new routes will go to Liverpool, England, four times a week and to Trapani, Sicily, twice a week. The carrier will also have two new daily summer service to Milan and Rome. Flights can now be booked for up to October 2017. The carrier also announced that 100,000 seats would be available at a discount. Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:21:11 GMT BIS report: Some state-owned firms harm Czech economic interests http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/02/bis-report-some-state-owned-firms-harm-czech-economic-interests http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/02/bis-report-some-state-owned-firms-harm-czech-economic-interests The Czech Republic's economic interests have been harmed by bad contracts that some state-owned companies signed in the past, when there was no will to control the deals appropriately, the counter-intelligence service (BIS) writes in its annual report released yesterday. Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:17:16 GMT Lobbyist Dalík turns up to serve prison sentence http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/02/lobbyist-dal%C3%ADk-turns-serve-prison-sentence http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/02/lobbyist-dal%C3%ADk-turns-serve-prison-sentence Czech lobbyist Marek Dalik, former close aide to PM Mirek Topolanek (2006-2009), turned up in the Prague-Ruzyne prison yesterday to start serving the four-year sentence a court imposed on him in connection with the purchase of Pandur APCs for the Czech military. Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:16:32 GMT Prague agrees with Beijing and Shanghai on cooperation http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/02/prague-agrees-beijing-and-shanghai-cooperation http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/09/02/prague-agrees-beijing-and-shanghai-cooperation Prague has agreed on cooperation with Beijing and Shanghai in new technologies and transport and the cities' zoological gardens, Mayor of Prague Adriana Krnacova and her deputy Petr Dolinek told CTK yesterday after their return from a visit to China. Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:15:40 GMT German financial services company OVB trying to crush Czech student's documentary http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n512944-German-financial-services-company-OVB-trying-to-crush-Czech-student-s http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n512944-German-financial-services-company-OVB-trying-to-crush-Czech-student-s OVB Financial services company (OVB Allfinanz a.s., Czech Republic) trying to proceed by a lawyer against a student who tried to shed some light on dubious recruitment & sales practices ... here the documentry (unfortunately only in Czech) Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:41:15 GMT Prague Pride week starts Aug. 8 http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c1486-Gay-Lesbian-Prague/n6542-Prague-Pride-week-starts-Aug-8 http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c1486-Gay-Lesbian-Prague/n6542-Prague-Pride-week-starts-Aug-8 The annual Prague Pride is almost upon us, and organizers want to remind everyone that everyone is welcome, and that the inclusive event is much more than just a colorful parade. The week of events also includes seminars, meetings, films, parties, exhibitions and networking events from Aug. 8 through Aug. 14. The parade will be Aug. 13 starting and will follow the same route as last year, ending up in Letná Park for a party. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 06:10:31 GMT Registration for Forum 2000 starts http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c214-Business/n6578-Registration-for-Forum-2000-starts http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c214-Business/n6578-Registration-for-Forum-2000-starts The annual Forum 2000 Conference doesn't begin until Oct. 16, but people need to be registered to attend some of the events. Registration begins Aug. 1, and space to attend many discussions is limited so the sooner one registers, the better. Registration closes Oct. 7, or when capacity is reached. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:55:43 GMT 60% of Czechs Say They Would Like to Work Abroad http://www.jobsin.cz/en/s977/top-menu/c2015-News-Articles/n499897-60-of-Czechs-Say-They-Would-Like-to-Work-Abroad http://www.jobsin.cz/en/s977/top-menu/c2015-News-Articles/n499897-60-of-Czechs-Say-They-Would-Like-to-Work-Abroad A recent survey conducted by CDK Global (NASDAQ: CDK), the largest global provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail industry, and Ipsos found that 60% of Czechs view the opportunity to work abroad favorably when considering a job or career path, while an additional 7.8% look at it as a deciding criterion. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:27:38 GMT Win Free tickets to La Locas next Rooftop Special Edition Mix @ Six http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c200-Party-Nightlife/n6388-Win-Free-tickets-to-La-Locas-next-Rooftop-Special-Edition-Mix-Six http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c200-Party-Nightlife/n6388-Win-Free-tickets-to-La-Locas-next-Rooftop-Special-Edition-Mix-Six Prague.TV & La Loca Music Club have 3 FREE tickets for the next Rooftop Mix @ Six Special Edition on July 25 for you! Free entrance, a free welcome drink and a lot of nice people … Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:13:53 GMT Czech owl stamps are second prettiest in the world http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c206-Art-and-Culture/n6390-Czech-owl-stamps-are-second-prettiest-in-the-world http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c206-Art-and-Culture/n6390-Czech-owl-stamps-are-second-prettiest-in-the-world A sheet of four Czech postage stamps with pictures of European owls took second place in a competition for the most beautiful stamps of 2015. The award came at the Vienna International Stamps Exhibition (WIPA) in Vienna, an annual event for stamp enthusiasts. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:13:05 GMT Sobotka: Visegrad Four regrets Brexit http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/06/29/sobotka-visegrad-four-regrets-brexit http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/06/29/sobotka-visegrad-four-regrets-brexit The Visegrad Group (V4) countries on Tuesday expressed a deep regret at Britain's decision to leave the EU, their prime ministers have said in a press release. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:10:11 GMT Czech PM: Whole EU, EC functioning must be changed http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/06/29/czech-pm-whole-eu-ec-functioning-must-be-changed http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/06/29/czech-pm-whole-eu-ec-functioning-must-be-changed It is necessary to change the functioning of the whole European Union and the European Commission and it would be unfortunate to start any personnel battles now, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka said after meeting European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:09:40 GMT The Dalai Lama to visit Prague for the Forum 2000 Conference http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c214-Business/n6279-The-Dalai-Lama-to-visit-Prague-for-the-Forum-2000-Conference http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c214-Business/n6279-The-Dalai-Lama-to-visit-Prague-for-the-Forum-2000-Conference His Holiness Tändzin Gjamccho, the 14th Dalai Lama, is among the speakers coming to the 20th annual Forum 2000 Conference. The conference was founded by former Czech president Václav Havel, and will be held October 16-19, 2016 under the title Courage to Take Responsibility in Prague and Other Central European Cities. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:24:22 GMT PPF abandons Prague Eye project after hitting a wall with the authorities http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/ppf-abandons-prague-eye-project-after-hitting-a-wall-with-the-authorities-1304497 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/ppf-abandons-prague-eye-project-after-hitting-a-wall-with-the-authorities-1304497 The financial group owned by wealthiest Czech Petr Kellner has completed its retrenchment from extensive real estate projects in Prague. PPF has sold Prague Eye, a twin office towers project planned for Prague 11 which envisages the erection of the tallest buildings in the country. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:22:43 GMT Poll: Three-fifths of Czechs hope Brits remain in EU http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/06/22/poll-three-fifths-czechs-hope-brits-remain-eu http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/06/22/poll-three-fifths-czechs-hope-brits-remain-eu Sixty percent of Czechs do not wish Britain to leave the European Union and 22 percent hold the opposite opinion, according to a flash poll by the Median agency for public Czech Radio (CRo) which released it yesterday, two days before the Brexit referendum. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:42:23 GMT HN: Babiš would not go into opposition after election http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/06/22/hn-babi%C5%A1-would-not-go-opposition-after-election http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/06/22/hn-babi%C5%A1-would-not-go-opposition-after-election Andrej Babis, Czech deputy prime minister and finance minister, would completely leave politics if his ANO movement did not get into the government after the 2017 general election, this ensues from an interview he gave to yesterday's issue of daily Hospodarske noviny (HN). Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:41:18 GMT Czech Republic named sixth most peaceful country http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n6252-Czech-Republic-named-sixth-most-peaceful-country http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n6252-Czech-Republic-named-sixth-most-peaceful-country The Czech Republic was among 81 countries that improved their standing in the 10th annual Global Peace Index put out by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The Czech Republic rose to sixth place out of 183 countries. It had been at 10 out of 162 countries in 2015. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:40:37 GMT Coalition in police ‘shootout’ http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/coalition-in-police-shootout-1303192 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/coalition-in-police-shootout-1303192 A tabled reorganisation of the police service’s structure is severely straining the government coalition. It envisages merging the Organised Crime Unit [ÚOOZ] and the Corruption and Financial Crimes Unit [ÚOKFK] into one centralised body. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:22:01 GMT GE drone engines investment getting off the ground http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/ge-drone-engines-investment-getting-off-the-ground-1303199 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/ge-drone-engines-investment-getting-off-the-ground-1303199 The contours of one of the biggest foreign investments in the Czech Republic in a decade – the construction of a General Electric Aviation aircraft engine factory – are coming into sharper focus. Sources close to the government have told E15 that the process has moved to the point where a suitable location near Prague is being selected. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:21:14 GMT Workshop for Expats: Job Search in Prague http://prague.tv/en/s232/c7-Events/cpe201606251100118580-Workshop-for-Expats-Job-Search-in-Prague http://prague.tv/en/s232/c7-Events/cpe201606251100118580-Workshop-for-Expats-Job-Search-in-Prague Wondering how to get a good job in Prague? Jobspin and partners: “EXPAT CARE CZ”, “PraguExpats”, “EXPATLEGAL”, “Tax Vision” and “MoveToPrague” are featuring an event for all those who seek a job in Prague, want to learn more about job market, freelancing or running a business in the Czech Republic. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:56:19 GMT Hemmed in Bernard wants second brewery http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/hemmed-in-bernard-wants-second-brewery-1300520 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/hemmed-in-bernard-wants-second-brewery-1300520 The beer output of the Bernard brewery has grown by around one-half over the past five years. And it grew 14 percent year on year during 2015 alone. The promptings of such figures have not been lost on the beermaker, the premises of which are crammed into the historical centre of Humpolec in Vysočina, the Czech Highlands. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:55:35 GMT Aeroholding merging into airport co http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/aeroholding-merging-into-airport-co-1298840 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/aeroholding-merging-into-airport-co-1298840 After five years, Český Aeroholding has come to the end of the road. The company is to be terminated through a merger with subsidiary Letiště Praha [Prague Airport], said Český Aeroholding CEO Václav Řehoř. “Český Aeroholding was created as an instrument of restructuring to resolve issues that were plaguing the national airline, and as such it is no longer needed,” Řehoř told E15 daily. The merger would simplify the airport company’s structure and cut costs, he added. Wed, 01 Jun 2016 06:58:46 GMT Air Canada rouge lands in Prague for the first time http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n479389-Air-Canada-rouge-lands-in-Prague-for-the-first-time http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n479389-Air-Canada-rouge-lands-in-Prague-for-the-first-time Air Canada rouge has officially touched down in Central Europe, with flight AC1922 arriving in Prague on Monday morning. Departing from Toronto Pearson to Václav Havel Airport Prague, the flight marks the beginning of Air Canada rouge’s expansion into Central Europe this summer. Seasonal service will operate three times a week, offering passengers the only non-stop connection between Canada and the Czech Republic on a network carrier. Tue, 31 May 2016 07:44:38 GMT Visegrad Four defense minister propose contingent for Baltic states for 2017 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/26/visegrad-four-defense-minister-propose-contingent-baltic-states-2017 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/26/visegrad-four-defense-minister-propose-contingent-baltic-states-2017 The Visegrad Four (V4) group including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia wants to send a rotation military unit to the Baltic area in 2017, the V4 defence ministers agreed in Liblice yesterday, adding that the V4 will submit the offer to NATO in July. Thu, 26 May 2016 10:39:39 GMT Babiš disgusted by developments in gov't coalition http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/26/babi%C5%A1-disgusted-developments-govt-coalition http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/26/babi%C5%A1-disgusted-developments-govt-coalition Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka's (Social Democrats, CSSD) statement that ANO is responsible for the rejection of the government anti-smoking bill in parliament yesterday is a lie, Deputy Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) said and warned that the government coalition might end. Thu, 26 May 2016 10:38:47 GMT Chamber of Deputies rejects anti-smoking bill http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/26/chamber-deputies-rejects-anti-smoking-bill http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/26/chamber-deputies-rejects-anti-smoking-bill The Czech Chamber of Deputies rejected the anti-smoking bill yesterday, although in an earlier partial vote it dismissed the proposed absolute smoking ban in restaurants. Thu, 26 May 2016 10:38:21 GMT Slovak press: President Zeman likely to be re-elected http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/24/slovak-press-president-zeman-likely-be-re-elected http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/24/slovak-press-president-zeman-likely-be-re-elected The "vulgar and xenophobic Milos Zeman" is likely to take up the Czech presidential post again in 2018 as he considers the execution of the presidential office election campaign now already, having gained Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) as his vital ally, Slovak paper Sme writes yesterday. Tue, 24 May 2016 08:49:11 GMT Czech reps hail Bellen's Austrian victory as defeat of populism http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/24/czech-reps-hail-bellens-austrian-victory-defeat-populism http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/24/czech-reps-hail-bellens-austrian-victory-defeat-populism Czech politicians consider the Greens candidate Alexander Van der Bellen's victory in Austria's Sunday presidential election, in which he narrowly beat Norbert Hofer (Freedom Party, FPOe), as the defeat of populism, they told CTK after the disclosure of the election results yesterday. Tue, 24 May 2016 08:48:35 GMT Czech system of health insurance for foreigners remains unchanged http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/24/czech-system-health-insurance-foreigners-remains-unchanged http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/24/czech-system-health-insurance-foreigners-remains-unchanged The Czech government rejected the amendments to the foreigner law and the health insurance law at its meeting yesterday and it will not deal with the health insurance of foreigners in near future as no ministry was assigned the task, its spokesman Martin Ayrer told CTK. Tue, 24 May 2016 08:47:59 GMT World's largest cargo plane An-225 lands in Prague http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n471119-World-s-largest-cargo-plane-An-225-lands-in-Prague http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n471119-World-s-largest-cargo-plane-An-225-lands-in-Prague Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world's largest cargo plane, landed at Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport yesterday in order to take a giant Czech-made electric generator to Australia. Wed, 11 May 2016 14:57:20 GMT Respekt: Panama Papers reveal PPF owner Kellner's anonymous firm http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/11/respekt-panama-papers-reveal-ppf-owner-kellners-anonymous-firm http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/11/respekt-panama-papers-reveal-ppf-owner-kellners-anonymous-firm The Panama Papers have revealed that the PPF financial group of Petr Kellner, now the richest Czech, founded Cadogan Telecommunications, an anonymous firm that took a controversial loan from the collapsing IPB bank in 1999, weekly Respekt has written in its latest issue. Wed, 11 May 2016 14:56:54 GMT Two Čepro stores raided because of big thefts of fuels http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/05/two-%C4%8Depro-stores-raided-because-big-thefts-fuels http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/05/two-%C4%8Depro-stores-raided-because-big-thefts-fuels Customs and police officers raided two Cepro stores because of big thefts of fuels and detained perhaps dozens of people in the action at the weekend, Cepro and the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic representatives told CTK on Wednesday. Thu, 05 May 2016 08:07:07 GMT VAT ledger statements win Czech award for bureaucratic absurdity http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n468383-VAT-ledger-statements-win-Czech-award-for-bureaucratic-absurdity http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n468383-VAT-ledger-statements-win-Czech-award-for-bureaucratic-absurdity The VAT ledger statements that were introduced in the country in January won the 2016 mock award for the most bureaucratic absurdity, which is declared within the contests for the best Czech firms and entrepreneurs of the year, the organisers said on Wednesday. Thu, 05 May 2016 08:06:10 GMT Prime Minister Sobotka rejects latest refugee quotas http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/05/prime-minister-sobotka-rejects-latest-refugee-quotas http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/05/prime-minister-sobotka-rejects-latest-refugee-quotas The Czech Republic rejects the mandatory quotas for the redistribution of refugees proposed by the European Commission again as they divide Europe and make no sense, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) told journalists on Wednesday. Thu, 05 May 2016 08:05:27 GMT Prague City Hall joins HateFree campaign http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/04/prague-city-hall-joins-hatefree-campaign http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/04/prague-city-hall-joins-hatefree-campaign The Prague City Hall will join the HateFree campaign aimed against aggressive approach to people over their religion or skin colour, Mayor Adriana Krnacova said on Tuesday, referring to a decision the City Council made though the City Assembly rejected the plan previously. Wed, 04 May 2016 10:09:06 GMT Poll: Only one fourth of Czechs think EU acts for Prague's benefit http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/04/poll-only-one-fourth-czechs-think-eu-acts-pragues-benefit http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/04/poll-only-one-fourth-czechs-think-eu-acts-pragues-benefit Only one quarter of Czechs believe that EU decisions are in harmony with the Czech interests, but at the same time, almost two thirds believe that democracy, cooperation and integration in the EU benefit the member states' defence, according to a poll the CVVM agency released on Tuesday. Wed, 04 May 2016 10:08:35 GMT Health care staff to get 10 percent pay rise next year http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/04/health-care-staff-get-10-percent-pay-rise-next-year http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/05/04/health-care-staff-get-10-percent-pay-rise-next-year The salaries in the Czech health care will rise by 10 percent as of January 1, 2017, the coalition government, regional authorities, the doctors' chamber and trade unions agreed on Tuesday, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) has told journalists. Wed, 04 May 2016 10:08:01 GMT HN: Czechs wrongly view EU as external repressive force http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/03/hn-czechs-wrongly-view-eu-external-repressive-force http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/03/hn-czechs-wrongly-view-eu-external-repressive-force Czechs wrongly view the EU as an outer force of which they expect unilateral solidarity and support but they are unwilling to show reciprocal solidarity with it, Petr Honzejk says in Hospodarske noviny (HN) on Monday, adding that Czech leaders should remind people of the pros of EU membership. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:11:36 GMT Poll: Mere one quarter of Czechs satisfied with EU membership http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/03/poll-mere-one-quarter-czechs-satisfied-eu-membership http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/03/poll-mere-one-quarter-czechs-satisfied-eu-membership A mere one quarter of Czechs are satisfied with their country's EU membership, which is one of the lowest ratings since the Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004, but the opinion that it should retain membership still prevails, according a CVVM poll released on Monday. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:10:18 GMT ForMin: Nuclear energy to boost Czech-Iranian relations http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/03/formin-nuclear-energy-boost-czech-iranian-relations http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/03/formin-nuclear-energy-boost-czech-iranian-relations Cooperation between the Czech Republic and Iran in nuclear energy is a great chance for bilateral relations, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek and Iranian Vice-President Ali Akbar Salehi agreed at their meeting on Monday. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:09:47 GMT Statistics: Czechs tend to move from towns http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/02/statistics-czechs-tend-move-towns http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/02/statistics-czechs-tend-move-towns Czechs tend to move from big towns to the adjacent districts, as a result of which the town population has fallen and that of the surrounding areas has risen in the past five years, according to the data the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) released on Friday. Mon, 02 May 2016 09:40:22 GMT Czech Republic to have ambassador in Cuba http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/02/czech-republic-have-ambassador-cuba http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/02/czech-republic-have-ambassador-cuba The Czech Republic will promote its relations with Cuba to a markedly higher level within a few months and it will have its ambassador in Havana after a long time, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD) said at a press conference focusing on economic diplomacy on Friday. Mon, 02 May 2016 09:39:39 GMT Bloc Against Islam founds political movement for elections http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/02/bloc-against-islam-founds-political-movement-elections http://praguemonitor.com/2016/05/02/bloc-against-islam-founds-political-movement-elections Martin Konvicka and Petr Hampl, the chairman and deputy chairman of the far-right extra-parliamentary Bloc Against Islam, have announced in a new video that they are founding a political movement that will be running in the general election in 2017. Mon, 02 May 2016 09:38:07 GMT Poll: Trust in EU is lowest ever among Czechs http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/29/poll-trust-eu-lowest-ever-among-czechs http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/29/poll-trust-eu-lowest-ever-among-czechs Only 37 percent of Czechs have confidence in the European Union, which is the lowest level of trust in the country since 2004 when it joined the EU, according to a CVVM poll released yesterday. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:02:21 GMT Prague parties seal new coalition deal over city hall http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/29/prague-parties-seal-new-coalition-deal-over-city-hall http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/29/prague-parties-seal-new-coalition-deal-over-city-hall ANO, the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the Three-Party Coalition or Greens, the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and STAN signed a coalition agreement in Prague after six-month long negotiations, Karel Brezina, head of the CSSD assembly members' group, has told CTK. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:01:50 GMT Zeman is biggest problem of Czech foreign policy, analysis shows http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/29/zeman-biggest-problem-czech-foreign-policy-analysis-shows http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/29/zeman-biggest-problem-czech-foreign-policy-analysis-shows The main problem of the Czech foreign policy is President Milos Zeman, according to an annual political analysis that the Association for International Affairs (AMO), a NGO seated in Prague, released yesterday. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:00:56 GMT Czech genetics expert enters prestigious U.S. academy of sciences http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/28/czech-genetics-expert-enters-prestigious-us-academy-sciences http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/28/czech-genetics-expert-enters-prestigious-us-academy-sciences World-renowned genetics expert Jan Svoboda has become a foreign collaborator of the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which is an extraordinary honour for him as well as Czech science, Jan Martinek, spokesman for the Czech Academy of Sciences, told CTK yesterday. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:03:59 GMT Ministries want more money than possible in 2017, Babiš says http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/28/ministries-want-more-money-possible-2017-babi%C5%A1-says http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/28/ministries-want-more-money-possible-2017-babi%C5%A1-says The financial demands of Czech ministries for next year exceed the possibilities of the 2017 state budget by 40 billion crowns, Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) said after a cabinet meeting yesterday. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:03:22 GMT V4 parliaments' reps meet in Prague, criticise quotas http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/28/v4-parliaments-reps-meet-prague-criticise-quotas http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/28/v4-parliaments-reps-meet-prague-criticise-quotas Representatives of the parliaments of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, again criticised the EU refugees quotas at their meeting at Stirin chateau near Prague yesterday. Czech Senate chairman Milan Stech (senior government Social Democrats, CSSD) called the quotas an excess, while Hungarian parliament head Laszlo Koever considers it an effort to federalise Europe. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:01:49 GMT Entertainment explosives sales should be tightened, justice minister says http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/27/entertainment-explosives-sales-should-be-tightened-justice-minister-says http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/27/entertainment-explosives-sales-should-be-tightened-justice-minister-says The sales of fireworks and similar other entertainment explosives should be guided by stricter rules in the Czech Republic, Justice Minister Robert Pelikan (ANO) and Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman said yesterday. Pelikan and Zeman had talks with representatives of the German and Polish judiciary yesterday. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:09:16 GMT Hackers attack Social Democrats’ website http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/27/hackers-attack-social-democrats%E2%80%99-website http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/27/hackers-attack-social-democrats%E2%80%99-website The website of the Czech Social Democratic Party (senior ruling CSSD) yesterday faced a hacking attack and was temporarily inaccessible due to it, CSSD spokesman Michal Kacirek said. "It has turned out that our website is to a great extent resistant even to such massive attacks," the party's leader, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, told CTK. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:08:27 GMT ČR to take in first refugees under EU quota system http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/27/%C4%8Dr-take-first-refugees-under-eu-quota-system http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/27/%C4%8Dr-take-first-refugees-under-eu-quota-system The Czech Republic has decided to accept the first seven Syrian refugees on the basis of the EU quotas, however, three of them have left the facility in Greece to avoid resettlement, according to a regular migration report that the government should debate on Wednesday. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:07:50 GMT Number of police officers to rise by 1100 in 2017 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/25/number-police-officers-rise-1100-2017 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/25/number-police-officers-rise-1100-2017 The number of Czech police is to rise by 1100 people in 2017 and by 2020, about 4000 people should join the corps, some 1500 of whom would reinforce the foreigner police, Police President Tomas Tuhy said on public Czech Television (CT) yesterday. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:49:07 GMT Iranian Vice-President Salehi to visit ČR in May http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/25/iranian-vice-president-salehi-visit-%C4%8Dr-may http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/25/iranian-vice-president-salehi-visit-%C4%8Dr-may Iranian Vice-President Ali Akbar Salehi, who also heads his country's nuclear programme, will visit the Czech Republic in early May and Czech politicians would like to make use of it to establish bilateral relations with Iran in the field of nuclear energy. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:48:26 GMT University experts awarded for contribution to Czech security http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/21/university-experts-awarded-contribution-czech-security http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/21/university-experts-awarded-contribution-czech-security Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka presented the Jaroslav Janda Award for a significant contribution to the Czech Republic's security policy to a team of security experts from Charles University on Wednesday. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:20:49 GMT LN: Czech firms hope to sell their goods to Syria after war http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/21/ln-czech-firms-hope-sell-their-goods-syria-after-war http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/21/ln-czech-firms-hope-sell-their-goods-syria-after-war Two senior officials of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime arrived in Prague on Wednesday and Czech officials hope that the diplomatic presence of the country in Syria and the humanitarian aid provided will also find expression in the economic sphere, Lidove noviny (LN) writes on Wednesday. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:20:14 GMT Group of 16 Christian refugees ask for return to Iraq http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/20/group-16-christian-refugees-ask-return-iraq http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/20/group-16-christian-refugees-ask-return-iraq A group of 16 Iraqi Christian refugees in the Czech Republic, who wanted to leave for Germany last week, has applied for return to Iraq, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (Social Democrats, CSSD) wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:34:39 GMT Court dismisses Altner's second request for blocking ČSSD's money http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/20/court-dismisses-altners-second-request-blocking-%C4%8Dssds-money http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/20/court-dismisses-altners-second-request-blocking-%C4%8Dssds-money The Prague 1 Court has not complied with a second request by Zdenek Altner for blocking the accounts of the senior government Civic Democratic Party (CSSD), the information by Czech Television (CT) on Tuesday was confirmed for CTK by the court's deputy chairwoman Alena Novotna. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:33:39 GMT TOP 09 leading politician Lukša establishes new party http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/20/top-09-leading-politician-luksa-establishes-new-party http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/20/top-09-leading-politician-luksa-establishes-new-party Pavol Lukša, who was TOP 09 deputy chairman until 2015, has left the now opposition party and established a new one, Dobra volba (Good Choice), because he cannot identify with TOP 09's politics anymore, he told CTK on Tuesday. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:32:58 GMT Czechs to dismiss permanent quotas at EU ministerial meeting http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/19/czechs-dismiss-permanent-quotas-eu-ministerial-meeting http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/19/czechs-dismiss-permanent-quotas-eu-ministerial-meeting The Czech Republic will dismiss mandatory permanent quotas for migrants redistribution at the meeting of the EU interior ministers in Brussels on Thursday based on the mandate the government approved on Monday, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said on Twitter. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:36:40 GMT ČSSD's accounts not blocked, Altner did not pay security http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/19/%C4%8Dssds-accounts-not-blocked-altner-did-not-pay-security http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/19/%C4%8Dssds-accounts-not-blocked-altner-did-not-pay-security The Prague 1 Court rejected on Monday the demand of Zdenek Altner, former lawyer of the senior government Social Democrats (CSSD), to block its accounts, Jiri Chvojka, media representative of the party's law office, told CTK on Monday. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:35:53 GMT Gov't approves military's foreign priorities for 2017-2018 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/19/govt-approves-militarys-foreign-priorities-2017-2018 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/19/govt-approves-militarys-foreign-priorities-2017-2018 The Czech government decided on Monday that NATO's collective defence, Afghanistan, Mali and fight against the Islamic State (IS) group are the four priorities of Czech military abroad in 2017-2018, Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said on Twitter. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:35:22 GMT PM: Czechia to be only short alternative to Czech Republic http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/19/pm-czechia-be-only-short-alternative-czech-republic http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/19/pm-czechia-be-only-short-alternative-czech-republic Czechia is not to replace the Czech Republic completely, but it will be just its shorter alternative, PM Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said after a government meeting on Monday, in reaction to criticism by Regional Development Minister Karla Slechtova (ANO). Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:34:46 GMT Czechia to be country's short official name, top politicians agree http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/15/czechia-be-countrys-short-official-name-top-politicians-agree http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/15/czechia-be-countrys-short-official-name-top-politicians-agree The Czech Republic should also use its shortened name Czechia abroad, the country's top constitutional officials agreed yesterday, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said after the meeting held at Prague Castle. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:28:16 GMT Schengen zone is crucial for coping with migrants, Czech reps say http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/15/schengen-zone-crucial-coping-migrants-czech-reps-say http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/15/schengen-zone-crucial-coping-migrants-czech-reps-say The maintaining and protection of the Schengen Area is crucial for coping with the migration crisis, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, President Milos Zeman and four other top constitutional officials of the country agreed tonight. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:27:42 GMT Slovak PM cancels Prague visit after being taken to hospital http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/15/slovak-pm-cancels-prague-visit-after-being-taken-hospital http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/15/slovak-pm-cancels-prague-visit-after-being-taken-hospital Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was hospitalised yesterday, but the medical examination neither confirmed nor refuted a heart attack suspicion, Dobroslava Krajacicova, spokeswoman for the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bratislava, has told reporters. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:27:04 GMT Zeman praises police action during President Xi's visit to Prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/13/zeman-praises-police-action-during-president-xis-visit-prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/13/zeman-praises-police-action-during-president-xis-visit-prague Czech President Milos Zeman thanked Interior Minister Milan Chovanec and Police President Tomas Tuhy yesterday for the police actions during the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Prague. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:53:52 GMT Czech Republic aims to be called Czechia in English http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/13/czech-republic-aims-be-called-czechia-english http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/13/czech-republic-aims-be-called-czechia-english The Czech Republic should also use the official name Czechia and this shortened version should be added to the United Nations Geographical Names database that contains the official names of countries and cities in six languages, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said yesterday. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:53:07 GMT Austrian President Fischer ends two-day visit to ČR http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/13/austrian-president-fischer-ends-two-day-visit-%C4%8Dr http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/13/austrian-president-fischer-ends-two-day-visit-%C4%8Dr Austrian President Heinz Fischer ended a two-day visit to the Czech Republic and he parted with his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman right outside the train which took him from the Prague Main Railway Station to Vienna. Fischer and his wife Margit also arrived untraditionally in the Czech Republic by train on Monday. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:52:39 GMT Prague a magnet for luxury brands http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/prague-a-magnet-for-luxury-brands-1287171 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/prague-a-magnet-for-luxury-brands-1287171 For the world of fashion brands, Prague is seen as destination number one when it comes to expanding into central and eastern Europe. In the case of luxury labels, one-half select the Czech capital as the locality for their first store when deciding to venture into the region, research from CBRE shows. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:13:16 GMT Minister approves of police response to FAMU's Tibetan flag http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/11/minister-approves-police-response-famus-tibetan-flag http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/11/minister-approves-police-response-famus-tibetan-flag Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec finds nothing unlawful in the police reaction to the Tibetan flag the Film School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) hoisted during Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to Prague, he said in a television discussion yesterday. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:03:59 GMT Broad leadership approves ČSSD's austerity measures http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/11/broad-leadership-approves-%C4%8Dssds-austerity-measures http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/11/broad-leadership-approves-%C4%8Dssds-austerity-measures The broad leadership of the Czech government Social Democrats (CSSD) approved cuts in the CSSD's spending and an increase in revenues, as proposed by the party presidium, Saturday, CSSD head Bohuslav Sobotka told reporters after the vote by the party's central executive committee Saturday. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:03:24 GMT Czech, Polish ministers speak about V4, transport , environment http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/11/czech-polish-ministers-speak-about-v4-transport-environment http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/11/czech-polish-ministers-speak-about-v4-transport-environment Czech and Polish ministers discussed the future of the Visegrad Four (V4) at their intergovernmental consultations Friday and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said the group has a potential to create European politics and propose quality solutions. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:02:45 GMT Zaorálek: EU's credibility jeopardised by Dutch referendum http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/08/zaor%C3%A1lek-eus-credibility-jeopardised-dutch-referendum http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/08/zaor%C3%A1lek-eus-credibility-jeopardised-dutch-referendum The credibility of the European Union is in jeopardy due to the outcome of the Netherlands' referendum in which the Dutch rejected the EU-Ukraine association agreement, according to preliminary results, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek has written on Twitter. Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:16:18 GMT Czechs decorate former Austrian ambassador with supreme medal http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/08/czechs-decorate-former-austrian-ambassador-supreme-medal http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/04/08/czechs-decorate-former-austrian-ambassador-supreme-medal President Milos Zeman decorated former Austrian ambassador Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff with the Order of White Lion of the Fourth Class, supreme state medal, for development of the two countries' relations on Thursday, spokesman Jiri Ovcacek has told CTK. Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:15:39 GMT Czech Airlines to launch 11 new destinations this summer http://www.czechtourism.com/n/czech-airlines-new-destinations/ http://www.czechtourism.com/n/czech-airlines-new-destinations/ This summer season, Czech Airlines will launch regular scheduled operations on routes to Malta, Birmingham, Helsinki, Pisa, Zagreb, Skopje, Odessa, Kaliningrad, Kazan and Ufa. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:17:38 GMT Germany to return Iraqi refugees to Czech Republic http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/06/germany-return-iraqi-refugees-czech-republic http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/06/germany-return-iraqi-refugees-czech-republic Germany wants to return a group of 25 Iraqi Christian refugees, who refused asylum in the Czech Republic and moved to Germany on Saturday in order to apply for it there, the public Czech Television (CT) reported on Tuesday, citing the German Interior Ministry. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:00:40 GMT Journalist, diplomat win civic society award in Prague http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/06/journalist-diplomat-win-civic-society-award-prague http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/06/journalist-diplomat-win-civic-society-award-prague Slovak diplomat and actress Magda Vasaryova, German journalist Souad Mekhennet, British conservationist Tony Fitzjohn and former CNB Czech central bank governor Zdenek Tuma received the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Award for their contribution to civic society in Prague on Tuesday. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:00:08 GMT Think tank: Czech Republic losing 57 bln in tax havens annually http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/06/think-tank-czech-republic-losing-57-bln-tax-havens-annually http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/06/think-tank-czech-republic-losing-57-bln-tax-havens-annually The Czech Republic may be losing up to 57 billon crowns in the taxes disappearing in tax havens annually, the analytical centre Glopolis has said online. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:59:15 GMT Czech, Israeli governments to hold joint meeting in Prague http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/05/czech-israeli-governments-hold-joint-meeting-prague http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/05/czech-israeli-governments-hold-joint-meeting-prague Another joint meeting of the Czech and Israeli cabinets will be held in Prague in May, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told journalists during his visit to the USA on Sunday, adding that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will also be present. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:27:49 GMT Poll: Finance Minister Babiš still most popular politician http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/05/poll-finance-minister-babi%C5%A1-still-most-popular-politician http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/05/poll-finance-minister-babi%C5%A1-still-most-popular-politician Finance Minister and Andrej Babis (ANO) remains the most popular Czech politician with 56 percent support, ahead of Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) who sent Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) to third position, according to a STEM poll released on Monday. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:27:09 GMT Three hundred Czechs among clients of suspicious Mossack Fonseca http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/05/three-hundred-czechs-among-clients-suspicious-mossack-fonseca http://praguemonitor.com/2016/04/05/three-hundred-czechs-among-clients-suspicious-mossack-fonseca The individuals and companies, to whom the Mossack Fonseca consulting firm allegedly helped avoid paying taxes by setting up offshore firms, include 283 Czechs, Pavla Holcova, from the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism, said on Monday. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:26:27 GMT National Theatre asset in tax haven tug of war http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/national-theatre-asset-in-tax-haven-tug-of-war-1284770 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/national-theatre-asset-in-tax-haven-tug-of-war-1284770 An unknown Virgin Islands-based business is itching to acquire a services building in the National Theatre complex that is going to auction. The firm possesses an old receivable with its roots in the old Agrobanka. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:01:08 GMT Eyes Overseas: European and American concerns (and fears) over Trump http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n5457-Eyes-Overseas-European-and-American-concerns-and-fears-over-Trump http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n5457-Eyes-Overseas-European-and-American-concerns-and-fears-over-Trump One of the first things many Americans living overseas are asked about by natives is often, “ What’s your opinion on Trump? ” It’s unavoidable, as the fascination and media frenzy around Republican front-runner candidate Donald Trump extends well beyond the United States borders. People globally are carefully watching this year’s Presidential elections, and the results so far have been semi-startling for citizens globally. During the last two Super Tuesday elections, both Trump and Hilary Clinton of the Democratic Party have appeared as front-runners, winning the most amount of state delegates. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:16:33 GMT Military budget to rise by CZK 4.5 billion yearly http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/21/military-budget-rise-czk-45-billion-yearly http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/21/military-budget-rise-czk-45-billion-yearly The Czech military budget is to rise by 4.5 billion crowns year-on-year, which corresponds to the needs and abilities to accomplish the planned investments, Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky told reporters after a meeting of President Milos Zeman's expert team on Sunday. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:57:36 GMT DefMin: Case of Babiš's facility harms government stability http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/21/defmin-case-babi%C5%A1s-facility-harms-government-stability http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/21/defmin-case-babi%C5%A1s-facility-harms-government-stability The case of the Capi hnizdo (Stork Nest) complex owned by Agrofert Holding of Czech Finance Minister and ANO chairman Andrej Babis does not contribute to the political and government stability, Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) told reporters on Saturday. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:57:01 GMT Sobotka: EU leaders nod to EU-Turkey deal on return of migrants http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/21/sobotka-eu-leaders-nod-eu-turkey-deal-return-migrants http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/21/sobotka-eu-leaders-nod-eu-turkey-deal-return-migrants An agreement between the European Union and Ankara on the readmission of all migrants from Greek islands by Turkey has been approved by the presidents and prime ministers of the EU countries, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Twitter on Friday. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:56:33 GMT Czech PM stresses need to improve rail and road links to Bavaria http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/14/czech-pm-stresses-need-improve-rail-and-road-links-bavaria http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/14/czech-pm-stresses-need-improve-rail-and-road-links-bavaria An improvement in transport infrastructure between the Czech Republic and Bavaria is of key importance for the development of business on both sides of the border, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said at an economic seminar Friday. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:05:00 GMT Czech foreign minister to meet Swedish, Italian counterparts http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/14/czech-foreign-minister-meet-swedish-italian-counterparts http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/14/czech-foreign-minister-meet-swedish-italian-counterparts Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats. CSSD) will discuss the current foreign affairs, the migrant crisis and EU agenda with his counterparts from Sweden and Italy in Prague next week. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:04:30 GMT Minister Babiš not to tell name of conference centre owner http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/14/minister-babi%C5%A1-not-tell-name-conference-centre-owner http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/14/minister-babi%C5%A1-not-tell-name-conference-centre-owner Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) will only disclose the name of the Farma Capi hnizdo conference centre from the time it asked for European subsidies after the investigation into their abuse for it is finished, Babis told the Prima commercial television channel yesterday. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:03:58 GMT Právo: Czechs criticise AI report on Romanies' discrimination http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/10/pr%C3%A1vo-czechs-criticise-ai-report-romanies-discrimination http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/10/pr%C3%A1vo-czechs-criticise-ai-report-romanies-discrimination The Amnesty International (AI) report on the ethnic discrimination against Romany children in the Czech education system contains untrue and distorted information, according to a Prague district state attorney's office, daily Pravo writes yesterday. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:19:21 GMT LN: Czechs might again have ambassador to Tehran after 20 years http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/10/ln-czechs-might-again-have-ambassador-tehran-after-20-years http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/10/ln-czechs-might-again-have-ambassador-tehran-after-20-years The Czech Republic might again have a full-fledged ambassador to Tehran, a post that has remained unoccupied in the past 20 years, as a result of the recent warming of relations with Iran, daily Lidove noviny (LN) writes today. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:18:47 GMT High fines imposed over subsidies for Czech deputy PM's centre http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/10/high-fines-imposed-over-subsidies-czech-deputy-pms-centre http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/10/high-fines-imposed-over-subsidies-czech-deputy-pms-centre The authorities imposed high fines on the Capi hnizdo resort of the Agrofert holding owned by Czech Deputy PM and Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) due to its unauthorised drawing of EU subsidies, the Neovlivni.cz server writes yesterday. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:18:02 GMT Deputy PM: EU has no plan B if talks with Turkey fail http://praguemonitor.com/2016/03/09/deputy-pm-eu-has-no-plan-b-if-talks-turkey-fail http://praguemonitor.com/2016/03/09/deputy-pm-eu-has-no-plan-b-if-talks-turkey-fail The main result of a new agreement with Turkey should be a clear plan of the refugees' readmission and the EU makes a mistake if it relies on Turkey only and has no alternative plan, Czech Deputy PM and ANO chairman Andrej Babis said yesterday, commenting on the Monday EU-Turkey summit. Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:56:21 GMT Klaus: Zeman likely to run again for president, standing against him pointless http://praguemonitor.com/2016/03/09/klaus-zeman-likely-run-again-president-standing-against-him-pointless http://praguemonitor.com/2016/03/09/klaus-zeman-likely-run-again-president-standing-against-him-pointless Milos Zeman will seek re-election as Czech president in 2018, therefore it would be nonsensical for anyone else seeking the post, former president Vaclav Klaus said in an interview with CTK yesterday. Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:55:40 GMT Minister plans campaign to curb gender pay gap http://praguemonitor.com/2016/03/09/minister-plans-campaign-curb-gender-pay-gap http://praguemonitor.com/2016/03/09/minister-plans-campaign-curb-gender-pay-gap The Czech Labour and Social Affairs Ministry will launch an extensive campaign to highlight the differences in the earnings of men and women and help reduce them in the spring, Labour Minister Michaela Marksova (Social Democrats, CSSD) told reporters yesterday. Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:55:10 GMT Babiš' Agrofert group may still take part in public tenders http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/07/babi%C5%A1-agrofert-group-may-still-take-part-public-tenders http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/07/babi%C5%A1-agrofert-group-may-still-take-part-public-tenders The firms from the Agrofert group owned by Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) will be still able to participate in public tenders as the ban on the firms in which a government member owns at least 10 percent taking part in them was rejected in the Chamber of Deputies Friday. Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:42:07 GMT One-fifth of Czechs working part-time do so involuntarily http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/07/one-fifth-czechs-working-part-time-do-so-involuntarily http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/07/one-fifth-czechs-working-part-time-do-so-involuntarily More than one fifth of the 6 percent of people in the Czech Republic who work on a part-time basis do so involuntarily, according to the results of an international comparative study that the Czech Statistics Office (CSU) has released. Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:41:32 GMT Zeman: Turkey should not be paid for slowing down migrant wave http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/07/zeman-turkey-should-not-be-paid-slowing-down-migrant-wave http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/07/zeman-turkey-should-not-be-paid-slowing-down-migrant-wave The European Union should not pay billions of euros to Turkey for slowing down the migrant wave on its territory, Czech President Milos Zeman said on Prima television yesterday, adding that this is a waste of money and that migration is a large-scale inclusion. Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:40:57 GMT Brexit – Britain’s 2016 EU Referendum http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n5285-Brexit-Britain-s-2016-EU-Referendum http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n5285-Brexit-Britain-s-2016-EU-Referendum British expats live in various countries across the European Union including the Czech Republic. Prague is home to a healthy sizable British expat community, so news of the United Kingdom’s referendum on leaving the European Union brings a lot of questions to the surface for this community. Thu, 03 Mar 2016 19:01:39 GMT Court: Zeman's office must apologise for slandering journalist http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/03/court-zemans-office-must-apologise-slandering-journalist http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/03/court-zemans-office-must-apologise-slandering-journalist The Presidential Office must apologise to Terezie Kaslova, a grand-daughter of Czech journalist Ferdinand Peroutka, for President Milos Zeman saying Peroutka wrote an article "Hitler Is Gentleman," a Prague district court ruled on Wednesday. Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:52:39 GMT Czech PM to meet Hollande, Valls in France on March 23-24 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/03/czech-pm-meet-hollande-valls-france-march-23-24 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/03/czech-pm-meet-hollande-valls-france-march-23-24 Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka will have talks with his counterpart Manuel Valls and President Francois Hollande during his visit to France on March 23-24, the government office told CTK on Wednesday. Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:51:51 GMT EC anti-fraud unit checks EU grant for Babiš's farm http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/03/ec-anti-fraud-unit-checks-eu-grant-babi%C5%A1s-farm http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/03/ec-anti-fraud-unit-checks-eu-grant-babi%C5%A1s-farm The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has launched official investigation into the circumstances under which Agrofert, a firm of Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis, gained EU subsidies worth 50 million crowns for the project of a luxurious "Stork's Nest" farm, server Neovlivni.cz has reported. Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:51:10 GMT Poll: Zeman trusted by 59% of Czechs http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/02/poll-zeman-trusted-59-czechs http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/02/poll-zeman-trusted-59-czechs President Milos Zeman continues to be trusted by 59 percent of Czechs, like in the past two months, while the confidence in the government dropped by four percent in the past month, to 40 percent in mid-February, an opinion poll released by the CVVM agency has shown. Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:39:19 GMT Babis warns of limiting businessmen's participation in gov't http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/02/babis-warns-limiting-businessmens-participation-govt http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/02/babis-warns-limiting-businessmens-participation-govt Czech Deputy PM, Finance Minister and billionaire businessman Andrej Babis (ANO) warned of an attempt to limit big businessmen's participation in the government on Tuesday. Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:38:51 GMT Social Democrats to spend CZK 100 million on election campaign http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/02/social-democrats-spend-czk-100-million-election-campaign http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/03/02/social-democrats-spend-czk-100-million-election-campaign The Czech senior ruling Social Democrats (CSSD) will spend about 100 million crowns on the campaign leading up to the autumn elections to one-third of the Senate and the regional assemblies, CSSD deputy chairman for the economy Martin Starec told CTK on Tuesday. Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:38:21 GMT UNHCR's Pro-Refugee Campaign features Czechs http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n5241-UNHCR-s-Pro-Refugee-Campaign-features-Czechs http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n5241-UNHCR-s-Pro-Refugee-Campaign-features-Czechs “Life or death: both of us or neither of us. That was the only thing I was thinking about,” said Josef Hlavatý while escaping Czechoslovakia with his three-year-old son in 1988 using a homemade hang-glider.  His story is just one of three in UNHCR's TV campaign 'We ourselves were refugees' (Sami jsme byli uprchlíci). Mon, 29 Feb 2016 06:32:19 GMT HN: Czech schools to teach cybersecurity http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/22/hn-czech-schools-teach-cybersecurity http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/22/hn-czech-schools-teach-cybersecurity Cybersecurity is to be taught at Czech secondary schools as a special subject and children at primary schools are to undergo at least a basic course of a safe behaviour on the Internet as of September 2017, daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) wrote on Friday. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:55:51 GMT Fraudulent welfare reaches over 100 million http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/22/fraudulent-welfare-reaches-over-100-million http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/22/fraudulent-welfare-reaches-over-100-million Czech job offices uncovered the unlawful payment of welfare benefits amounting to 103.5 million crowns last year, the Job Office spokeswoman, Katerina Berankova, told CTK on Friday, adding that this mainly concerned housing contributions and sustenance allowances, followed by the payment for the disabled, jobless and parents. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:55:02 GMT Sobotka: Deal is good compromise, can help keep UK in EU http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/22/sobotka-deal-good-compromise-can-help-keep-uk-eu http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/22/sobotka-deal-good-compromise-can-help-keep-uk-eu The agreement that European leaders and British Prime Minister David Cameron reached on Friday night is a good condition for the British people to decide to stay in the EU, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told journalists after the EU summit late at night on Friday. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:54:33 GMT Czech PM: Prague wants Greece, Turkey to fulfil commitments http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/19/czech-pm-prague-wants-greece-turkey-fulfil-commitments http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/19/czech-pm-prague-wants-greece-turkey-fulfil-commitments The priority of the Czech Republic and the other three Visegrad Four (C4) countries is that Greece and Turkey meet their commitments in connection with the migrant crisis, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told reporters ahead of the EU summit on Thursday. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:46:24 GMT Zeman: Migrant crisis not over, EU must start action http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/19/zeman-migrant-crisis-not-over-eu-must-start-action http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/19/zeman-migrant-crisis-not-over-eu-must-start-action The migrant crisis is not over, but it may become a horrible future, which is why the EU bodies must switch from words to deeds, Czech President Milos Zeman said after meeting his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor on Thursday but both admitted that some of their positions on migration differ. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:45:55 GMT Czech PM: Draft agreement with Britain includes positive shifts http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/19/czech-pm-draft-agreement-britain-includes-positive-shifts http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/19/czech-pm-draft-agreement-britain-includes-positive-shifts The latest draft agreement of the EU with Britain includes some positive shifts, Czech Prime Minister Sobotka told journalists before leaving for Brussels yesterday, adding that Czechs still had some reservations about the deal. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:45:26 GMT Police president: Migrant crisis motivates young Czechs to join police http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/18/police-president-migrant-crisis-motivates-young-czechs-join-police http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/18/police-president-migrant-crisis-motivates-young-czechs-join-police The migrant crisis motivates young Czechs to join the police, Police President Tomas Tuhy told CTK on Wednesday, adding that the corps should be reinforced by 850 newcomers this year, which is a record high number in the past years. Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:21:42 GMT Government approves strategy against social exclusion http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/18/government-approves-strategy-against-social-exclusion http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/18/government-approves-strategy-against-social-exclusion The Czech government approved on Wednesday the Strategy against social exclusion for 2016-2020 that is to enable 6,000 families to move from dormitories or hostels designed for the poor to standard flats in the next five years, Human Rights Minister Jiri Dienstbier has told journalists. Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:21:03 GMT MfD: Extremist who killed Roma to run in regional polls http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/18/mfd-extremist-who-killed-roma-run-regional-polls http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/18/mfd-extremist-who-killed-roma-run-regional-polls Vlastimil Pechanec, who was convicted of a racially motivated murder of a Roma 12 years ago and spent two-thirds of his 17-year sentence in prison, will run in the autumn regional election for the extremist Workers' Party of Social Justice (DSSS), Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) wrote on Wednesday. Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:20:16 GMT PM warns of unilateral labour market protection at V4 talks http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/17/pm-warns-unilateral-labour-market-protection-v4-talks http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/17/pm-warns-unilateral-labour-market-protection-v4-talks Social dumping should not be fought by individual EU countries unilaterally protecting their labour markets, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said at a joint meeting of the Visegrad Group (V4) tripartites on Tuesday. Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:10:13 GMT President Zeman: European military should protect EU border http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/17/president-zeman-european-military-should-protect-eu-border http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/17/president-zeman-european-military-should-protect-eu-border The creation of a European military to protect the EU external border and deportation of economic migrants are the main steps with which to deal with the current migrant crisis in Europe, Czech President Milos Zeman told the Russian news agency TASS on Tuesday. Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:09:39 GMT Czechs to lose competitive advantage if EU directive changes http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/17/czechs-lose-competitive-advantage-if-eu-directive-changes http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/17/czechs-lose-competitive-advantage-if-eu-directive-changes A change to the EU Posting of Workers Directive would strip poorer countries of a competitive advantage and the Czech Republic rejects it, Czech Labour and Social Affairs Minister Michaela Marksova told reporters on Tuesday. Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:08:59 GMT V4 PMs adopt Prague Declaration calling for strong Europe http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/16/v4-pms-adopt-prague-declaration-calling-strong-europe http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/16/v4-pms-adopt-prague-declaration-calling-strong-europe The Visegrad Four (V4) countries' prime ministers expressed their effort at the strengthening of Europe and warned against the emergence of dividing lines in Europe in the Prague Declaration they adopted at their meeting on Monday, the Czech Government Office has told CTK. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:21:10 GMT Prouza: Borders may be closed if migrant wave continues http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/16/prouza-borders-may-be-closed-if-migrant-wave-continues http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/16/prouza-borders-may-be-closed-if-migrant-wave-continues Uncoordinated closing of borders by individual EU member states if the refugees' influx does not weaken in the spring is a serious danger of the migrant crisis, Czech state secretary for European affairs Tomas Prouza told CTK on Monday. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:20:43 GMT Number of foreigners rises, come mainly from EU http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/16/number-foreigners-rises-come-mainly-eu http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/16/number-foreigners-rises-come-mainly-eu The number of foreigners, coming mainly from EU countries, again rose in the Czech Republic in the past two years and there were 467,600 of them in the country at the end of 2015, compared with 451,900 in 2014, Daniel Chytil, from the Czech Statistical Office (CSU), said on Monday. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:20:14 GMT Crown capped for another year, at least http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/crown-capped-for-another-year-at-least-1271006 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/crown-capped-for-another-year-at-least-1271006 The Czech National Bank [ČNB] has extended its weak crown policy. Czechs will not be able to buy a euro for less than 27 crowns at least until the beginning of 2017, with the latest central bank policy being to most probably remove the crown cap at some point in the first half of next year. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:45:55 GMT Chinese president to visit Prague for first time in history http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/15/chinese-president-visit-prague-first-time-history http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/15/chinese-president-visit-prague-first-time-history Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the Czech Republic in March as the first Chinese head of state in history, daily Lidove noviny (LN) wrote on Saturday, referring to President Milos Zeman's spokesman Jiri Ovcacek. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:02:44 GMT Zeman: EU must deport some migrants, jihadists are among them http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/15/zeman-eu-must-deport-some-migrants-jihadists-are-among-them http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/15/zeman-eu-must-deport-some-migrants-jihadists-are-among-them The solution to the migrant crisis in the EU rests in the deportation of economic migrants as well as religious fanatics among them, Czech President Milos Zeman said on Friday, adding that jihadists are among the Muslim migrants. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:02:15 GMT ANO MP: Gov't coalition violated Chamber order of procedure http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/15/ano-mp-govt-coalition-violated-chamber-order-procedure http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/15/ano-mp-govt-coalition-violated-chamber-order-procedure The Czech government coalition of the Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) violated the lower house order of procedure when pushing through the bill on electronic registration of sales (EET), lower house deputy head Jaroslava Jermanova (ANO) admitted on TV on Sunday. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:01:34 GMT Beer-friendly Babiš: I’m no populist http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/beer-friendly-babis-i-m-no-populist-1269153 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/beer-friendly-babis-i-m-no-populist-1269153 Finance minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) is pushing a plan to subject beer on-tap and nonalcoholic drinks to the lower 10-percent VAT rate by the second half of this year. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:32:18 GMT At the table with “Gastronaut“ Pavel Maurer http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c203-Dining/n5051-At-the-Table-with-Gastronaut-Pavel-Maurer http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c203-Dining/n5051-At-the-Table-with-Gastronaut-Pavel-Maurer You’ll find the words “ milovník dobrého jídla ” (lover of good food) on his business card, but Pavel Maurer has another way to describe himself. He calls himself a “Gastronaut,” a person who is attracted by good food and is willing to travel for his food experiences. From visiting spaghetti festivals in Rome to heading 20 kilometers out of Prague to have lunch at a new Czech restaurant, Maurer doesn’t let distance stand in the way of a potentially interesting food experience. Nor, does he believe, should you. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:03:41 GMT Swiss police dismiss wrong treatment of MEP Ransdorf http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/05/swiss-police-dismiss-wrong-treatment-mep-ransdorf http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/05/swiss-police-dismiss-wrong-treatment-mep-ransdorf The Swiss police have rejected the accusations of having made mistakes in treating the detained Czech Communist (KSCM) MEP Miloslav Ransdorf in December, and dismissed his widow's complaint in an interview with the Czech server Aktualne.cz. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:53:58 GMT Tusk to discuss Czech support for EU-Britain deal in Prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/05/tusk-discuss-czech-support-eu-britain-deal-prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/05/tusk-discuss-czech-support-eu-britain-deal-prague European Council head Donald Tusk will arrive in Prague on February 16 to discuss support for an EU-Britain draft agreement and the migrant crisis with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, the latter wrote on Twitter on Thursday. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:53:12 GMT Czechs face sanctions for not putting Labe valley on Natura list http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/05/czechs-face-sanctions-not-putting-labe-valley-natura-list http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/05/czechs-face-sanctions-not-putting-labe-valley-natura-list The Czech Republic may not be able to draw a part of EU subsidies for environment protection and some transport projects because the cabinet has not met the demand to include the Labe valley in north Bohemia in the EU system of protected valuable localities, the Arnika group told CTK on Thursday. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:52:30 GMT Teachers' trade union demanding 10 percent pay rise http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/03/teachers-trade-union-demanding-10-percent-pay-rise http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/03/teachers-trade-union-demanding-10-percent-pay-rise The Czech and Moravian Trade Union of Workers in Education (COSPS) demands that the salaries of the teaching and non-teaching staff in the educational sector be raised by at least 10 percent in 2017, COSPS head Frantisek Dobsik told journalists on Tuesday. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:50:38 GMT Police team prevents four-billion-crown tax evasion http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/03/police-team-prevents-four-billion-crown-tax-evasion http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/03/police-team-prevents-four-billion-crown-tax-evasion The Czech Kobra (Cobra) special police unit fighting serious financial crime has prevented tax evasion amounting to 4.1 billion crowns in total since its establishment in June 2014, Police President Tomas Tuhy told reporters on Tuesday. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:49:52 GMT Lobbyist Dalík given five years in prison for corruption http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/03/lobbyist-dal%C3%ADk-given-five-years-prison-corruption http://praguemonitor.com/2016/02/03/lobbyist-dal%C3%ADk-given-five-years-prison-corruption Czech lobbyist Marek Dalik was sentenced to five years in prison and a five-million-crown penalty for corruption accompanying the purchase of the Pandur armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for the Czech military, the Prague Municipal Court ruled on Tuesday. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:49:20 GMT V4 migration summit called http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/v4-migration-summit-called-1267555 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/v4-migration-summit-called-1267555 The 15 February gathering was announced on Twitter by prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who has been in talks on the issue with Slovak counterpart Robert Fico. The Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish government leaders are set to discuss creating better defences around the passport-free Schengen Area of 26 EU nations. Three days after their meeting, an EU summit on the huge wave of migration will be held. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:38:39 GMT TOP 09's head failing to find topics for elections http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/02/top-09s-head-failing-find-topics-elections http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/02/top-09s-head-failing-find-topics-elections Miroslav Kalousek, chairman of the Czech opposition conservative TOP 09, though he is an unchallengeable political strategist, has been in vain seeking a topic with which he would lead his party to the next elections, Oldrich Danda wrote in daily Pravo on Monday. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:16:32 GMT Zeman trusted by 59 percent of Czechs, government by 44 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/02/zeman-trusted-59-percent-czechs-government-44 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/02/zeman-trusted-59-percent-czechs-government-44 President Milos Zeman was trusted by 59 percent of Czechs in January, which is the same result as in December 2015, and the share of those trusting the cabinet also remained the same, 44 percent, a January public opinion poll released by the CVVM agency has shown. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:15:46 GMT Drug coordinator against proposed lower VAT on draught beer http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/01/drug-coordinator-against-proposed-lower-vat-draught-beer http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/01/drug-coordinator-against-proposed-lower-vat-draught-beer The Czech Republic should fight the excessive drinking of alcohol beverages and not decrease taxes on them and make them more accessible, national drug coordinator Jindrich Voboril told CTK on Friday, criticising Finance Minister Andrej Babis's proposal for lower VAT on draught beer. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:50:18 GMT ForMin: Conditions must be created for Syrians' return home http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/01/formin-conditions-must-be-created-syrians-return-home http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/01/formin-conditions-must-be-created-syrians-return-home Everything must be done for violence to be stopped and Syrians to be able to return home, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek and representatives of the Syrian opposition agreed in Cairo on Sunday, they told journalists. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:49:39 GMT President Zeman divides Czech society, says PM http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/01/president-zeman-divides-czech-society-says-pm http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/02/01/president-zeman-divides-czech-society-says-pm President Milos Zeman meaninglessly divides Czech society, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said in an interview with weekly Respekt, adding that Zeman is trying to create a social atmosphere that would be most favourable for him before the next presidential election. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:47:06 GMT Authorities to use “weight-in-motion” sensors to crack down on overweight trucks http://www.czechjournal.cz/authorities-sensors-crack-overweight-trucks/ http://www.czechjournal.cz/authorities-sensors-crack-overweight-trucks/ Officials say they plan to use static weight sensors with cameras to try to get a handle on overweight trucks that roll along Czech roads. The new system is expected to cost millions of Euros. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:27:34 GMT President Zeman urges for Czech koruna strengthening http://www.czechjournal.cz/president-zeman-urges-czech-koruna-strengthening/ http://www.czechjournal.cz/president-zeman-urges-czech-koruna-strengthening/ Czech PresidentZeman urges strong national currency and criticizes the national bank’s weak-currency policy for making Czechs poorer in euro terms. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:22:19 GMT Czech PM helps Fico's campaign by V4 summit on migrants http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/28/czech-pm-helps-ficos-campaign-v4-summit-migrants http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/28/czech-pm-helps-ficos-campaign-v4-summit-migrants Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) has got indirectly involved in the election campaign of Slovak PM Robert Fico (Smer-Social Democracy), Slovak daily Dennik N writes yesterday in reaction to the convoking of a top meeting on the migrant crisis by Sobotka. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:50:10 GMT Czech regional elections to be held in October http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/28/czech-regional-elections-be-held-october http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/28/czech-regional-elections-be-held-october President Milos Zeman will declare the Czech regional elections for this October, Zeman said during his tour of the South Moravia Region, confirming the planned date, yesterday. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:49:38 GMT ČR climbs in latest TI corruption perception survey http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/27/%C4%8Dr-climbs-latest-ti-corruption-perception-survey http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/27/%C4%8Dr-climbs-latest-ti-corruption-perception-survey The Czech Republic's position in the world corruption perception index (CPI) markedly improved in the past year, rising to 37th place from the 53rd in 2015, according to the annual survey of 168 countries that the Transparency International (TI) watchdog released yesterday. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:48:47 GMT Babiš: Czechs cannot accept any migrants now http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/18/babi%C5%A1-czechs-cannot-accept-any-migrants-now http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/18/babi%C5%A1-czechs-cannot-accept-any-migrants-now The situation related to the migrant crisis has changed so much that the Czech Republic cannot accept any migrants from the Middle East now, Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) told Saturday's issue of daily Pravo. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:15:50 GMT PM rejects Zeman's plan to withdraw ambassador from Oslo http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/18/pm-rejects-zemans-plan-withdraw-ambassador-oslo http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/18/pm-rejects-zemans-plan-withdraw-ambassador-oslo President Milos Zeman told Blesk.cz yesterday that the Czech government should withdraw the ambassador from Oslo for consultations over children taken away from their Czech mothers in Norway, but PM Bohuslav Sobotka said in reaction that such a step would not be helpful. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:15:21 GMT New Czech attorney to deal with Rath's corruption case http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/18/new-czech-attorney-deal-raths-corruption-case http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/18/new-czech-attorney-deal-raths-corruption-case A different state attorney than Petr Jirat will deal with the appeals proceedings of former regional governor David Rath who has been sentenced for corruption, Prague High State Attorney Lenka Bradacova told public Czech Television (CT) yesterday. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:14:51 GMT MfD: Europe's longest bus to serve on line to Prague airport http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/15/mfd-europes-longest-bus-serve-line-prague-airport http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/15/mfd-europes-longest-bus-serve-line-prague-airport The Prague Public Transport Company (DPP) will start using a Mercedes-Benz Capacity L bus, which is the longest in Europe with 21 metres, on a line connecting the city with the Ruzyne international airport on its northwestern outskirts. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:20:47 GMT Government approves regulation of drug export http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/14/government-approves-regulation-drug-export http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/14/government-approves-regulation-drug-export The Czech government approved an amendment to regulate exports of sensitive medicines to prevent their re-export yesterday, Health Minister Svatopluk Nemecek (Social Democrats, CSSD) has told reporters during the government meeting. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:18:10 GMT Czech government supports Slovak PM’s call for extraordinary EU summit http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/14/czech-government-supports-slovak-pm%E2%80%99s-call-extraordinary-eu-summit http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/14/czech-government-supports-slovak-pm%E2%80%99s-call-extraordinary-eu-summit The Czech government will support Slovak Prime Minister Fico's proposal to call a special EU summit on security in Europe over migration risks, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) told journalists after a government meeting yesterday. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:17:25 GMT UK PM Cameron to visit Prague next week http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/13/uk-pm-cameron-visit-prague-next-week http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/13/uk-pm-cameron-visit-prague-next-week British Prime Minister David Cameron is to arrive on a visit to the Czech Republic at the invitation of his counterpart Bohuslav Sobotka on January 22 and he will also meet President Milos Zeman, presidential spokesman Jiri Ovcacek said yesterday. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:18:20 GMT Zeman signs lifting of age limit for Czech ambassadors http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/13/zeman-signs-lifting-age-limit-czech-ambassadors http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/13/zeman-signs-lifting-age-limit-czech-ambassadors Czech President Milos Zeman signed yesterday an amendment to the civil service law that would lift the age limit of 70 years for ambassadors, the Presidential Office has announced in a press release. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:17:47 GMT Czechs not ready for population ageing, experts say http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/13/czechs-not-ready-population-ageing-experts-say http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/13/czechs-not-ready-population-ageing-experts-say The Czech Republic is unprepared for ageing of its society and does not have any system of long-term care for the elderly, representatives of the doctors' association, the WHO office and association of small hospitals told journalists yesterday. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:17:02 GMT PM requests security audit at Office of the Government http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/12/pm-requests-security-audit-office-government http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/12/pm-requests-security-audit-office-government Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has ordered an immediate audit of the security directives and procedures at the Government Office and he the asked National Security Office (NBU) head for cooperation to secure the government members' communication, Sobotka announced yesterday. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:53:30 GMT Mogherini praises Czech government for focus on EU unity http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/12/mogherini-praises-czech-government-focus-eu-unity http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/12/mogherini-praises-czech-government-focus-eu-unity The European foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini appreciated the constructive and balanced position of the Czech government that put emphasis on the need of unity in the European Union, she said after meeting Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek in Prague yesterday. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:52:22 GMT Social insurance revenues are record high in 2015 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/11/social-insurance-revenues-are-record-high-2015 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/11/social-insurance-revenues-are-record-high-2015 The revenues from the social insurance payments reached the record high sum of 394.5 billion crowns in the Czech Republic in 2015, which is 21 billion more than in 2014, according to the data of the Czech Social Security Administration (CSSZ). Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:52:59 GMT Extremists release PM' s e-mails http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/11/extremists-release-pm-s-e-mails http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/11/extremists-release-pm-s-e-mails The White Media extremist website has released further e-mail from Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka's (Social Democrats, CSSD) private account yesterday. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:52:18 GMT Czech banks with expats customer service: Overview 2016 http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n4795-Czech-Banks-with-Expats-customer-service-overview-2016 http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n4795-Czech-Banks-with-Expats-customer-service-overview-2016 Choosing a bank is a very important process when moving to a new country. Sometimes if rushed, it is easy to chose a bank that isn't necessarily the best to suit one's needs. Fortunately, there are a variety of banks to choose from in the Czech Republic that all have different histories, service offers and English-language accessibility. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:51:49 GMT Justice minister not to complain of ruling on Prison Service head http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/08/justice-minister-not-complain-ruling-prison-service-head http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/08/justice-minister-not-complain-ruling-prison-service-head Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikan (ANO) will not file a cassation complaint against the court decision that reinstated Petr Dohnal as Prison Service head and added that he has no reason to meet his predecessor, Pavel Ondrasek, whose further employment is up to Dohnal. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 08:41:29 GMT Netflix now available in ČR http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n4785-Netflix-Is-Now-Available-in-Czech-Republic http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c218-Technology/n4785-Netflix-Is-Now-Available-in-Czech-Republic Netflix launched its service globally, simultaneously bringing its Internet TV network to more than 130 new countries around the world incl. Czech Republic. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 08:40:56 GMT Migration to have no benefit for EU economy, Klaus says http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/08/migration-have-no-benefit-eu-economy-klaus-says http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/08/migration-have-no-benefit-eu-economy-klaus-says The migrant wave will burden the budgets of the EU member countries and it will bring zero benefit for their economies in the future, former Czech president Vaclav Klaus, 74, told CTK during his visit to Olomouc yesterday. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 08:40:15 GMT Drivers can request tailor-made number plates http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/06/czechs-can-ask-tailor-made-number-plates http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/06/czechs-can-ask-tailor-made-number-plates The authorities received some 800 requests for personal number plates, which would feature mainly names or rows of same numbers, on Monday, the first day Czechs could apply for them, Transport Ministry spokesman Tomas Nerold has told CTK. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 07:48:25 GMT Prime minister’s e-mail hacked http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/06/prime-minister%E2%80%99s-e-mail-hacked http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/06/prime-minister%E2%80%99s-e-mail-hacked Unknown perpetrators have probably hacked into Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka´s (Social Democrats, CSSD) e-mail and government spokesman Martin Ayrer has told CTK that the police are checking the matter. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 07:47:58 GMT Czech Agrofert denies hidden lobbying for EU subsidies http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/06/czech-agrofert-denies-hidden-lobbying-eu-subsidies http://www.praguemonitor.com/2016/01/06/czech-agrofert-denies-hidden-lobbying-eu-subsidies Agrofert manager Petr Cingr is not guilty of hidden lobbying with the Czech Industry and Trade Ministry to change the rules of EU subsidies in the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness (OP EIC) to its benefit, Agrofert spokesman Karel Hanzelka told CTK yesterday. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 07:46:52 GMT Prague signs up for Gripen weapons upgrade http://https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/prague-signs-up-for-gripen-weapons-upgrade-420484/ http://https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/prague-signs-up-for-gripen-weapons-upgrade-420484/ The Czech Republic’s fleet of leased Saab Gripens will undergo a weapons system upgrade as the NATO nation looks to expand the type’s capabilities to support operations until late in the next decade. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:18:30 GMT New director for Prague Convention Bureau http://www.praguepost.com/travel2/51397-new-director-for-prague-convention-bureau http://www.praguepost.com/travel2/51397-new-director-for-prague-convention-bureau Prague Convention Bureau has a new managing director as of Jan. 1, 2016. Roman Muška has replaced Lenka Jarošová, who decided to end her engagement in the organization at the end of 2015. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:05:52 GMT Hospitals say faster pay rise may stop doctors' departures http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/05/hospitals-say-faster-pay-rise-may-stop-doctors-departures http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/05/hospitals-say-faster-pay-rise-may-stop-doctors-departures A roughly 10 percent annual pay rise over a few next years is the sole instrument of stopping the departures of hospital doctors and nurses abroad, the Association of Bohemian and Moravian Hospitals (ACMN) says on its web page. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 07:57:54 GMT Zeman: Sobotka's gov't responsible for not drawing billions from EU http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/05/zeman-sobotkas-govt-responsible-not-drawing-billions-eu http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/05/zeman-sobotkas-govt-responsible-not-drawing-billions-eu The Czech government of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) is responsible for that the country will not draw some 35 billion crowns from the European funds, Czech President Milos Zeman said in an interview with Czech Radio Plus. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 07:55:58 GMT Prague.TV launched mobile friendly webservice http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n451924-Prague-TV-launched-mobile-friendly-webservice http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n451924-Prague-TV-launched-mobile-friendly-webservice On time for 2016 our partner Prague.TV is excited to announce that they launched a fully mobile friendly version of their service - enjoy now the full Prague.TV experience also on your smart phone! For more please visit www.prague.tv Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:27:09 GMT Former president Václav Klaus says immigration crisis is calculated means to united Europe http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/04/former-president-v%C3%A1clav-klaus-says-immigration-crisis-calculated-means-united-europe http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/04/former-president-v%C3%A1clav-klaus-says-immigration-crisis-calculated-means-united-europe The pro-Brussels elites want to use the migrant crisis to unify Europe and to reduce the influence of EU members, which is the same evil as that wanted by dictators such as Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, former Czech president Vaclav Klaus told the commercial television station Prima yesterday. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 07:48:47 GMT Prime minister and president meet for traditional New Year get together http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/04/prime-minister-and-president-meet-traditional-new-year-get-together http://praguemonitor.com/2016/01/04/prime-minister-and-president-meet-traditional-new-year-get-together Czech President Milos Zeman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) discussed current politics, plans for this year and their children at the traditional New Year's luncheon along with their wives, Ivana Zemanova and Olga Sobotkova, Saturday. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 07:48:19 GMT Act on public contracts amended from January 2016 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n451749-Act-on-public-contracts-amended-from-January-2016 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n451749-Act-on-public-contracts-amended-from-January-2016 The amendment to the act on public contracts will come into force in January 2016. Under the new regulation, it will be possible to abolish the duty to cancel a procurement procedure if only one bid is submitted. The bill re-introduces economic qualifications on condition that a bidder’s annual turnover should not exceed twice the amount of the estimated value of the public contract. According to Boøivoj Líbal, managing partner at PwC Legal, the so-called simplified public procurement regime may be disputable. The simplified regime may be applied in awarding public contracts for healthcare and social care services, legal services, prison-related services, public security and rescue services as well as for hotel, restaurant and postal services. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 07:44:39 GMT MfD: ForMin' political course differs from his predecessor http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/31/mfd-formin-political-course-differs-his-predecessor http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/31/mfd-formin-political-course-differs-his-predecessor The course of Czech diplomacy, headed by Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek since early 2014, differs from that of his predecessor by focusing on countries such as China and Iran, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) wrote on Wednesday, referring to Zaoralek´s foreign trips in 2015. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:18:36 GMT Police check subsidy for Babiš' Čapí hnízdo resort http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/31/police-check-subsidy-babi%C5%A1-%C4%8Dap%C3%AD-hn%C3%ADzdo-resort http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/31/police-check-subsidy-babi%C5%A1-%C4%8Dap%C3%AD-hn%C3%ADzdo-resort The Czech police started checking a 50-million-crown subsidy from the European funds supporting tourism granted to the Capi hnizdo resort of the Agrofert holding owned by Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO), news server Aktualne.cz has written. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:17:14 GMT Prague 6 and PPF in dispute over Polar Bear http://www.praguepost.com/realty/51348-prague-6-and-ppf-in-dispute-over-polar-bear http://www.praguepost.com/realty/51348-prague-6-and-ppf-in-dispute-over-polar-bear Prague 6 and investment firm PPF have each filed lawsuits against the other. Prague 6 wants to claim unpaid rent for land at Vítězné náměstí where PPF wants to build a project nicknamed the Polar Bear (Lední medvěd). Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:16:30 GMT Foxconn partners to build data center in Czech Republic http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n451724-Foxconn-partners-to-build-data-center-in-Czech-Republic http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n451724-Foxconn-partners-to-build-data-center-in-Czech-Republic Foxconn, which has a long history building data centers, will be opening its first facility in Europe by partnering with the Czech Republic firm KKCG to open a data center in Prague. Foxconn has been operating factories under its Foxconn CZ division in the country since 2000, but this will be its first direct investment in a European Data center. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:14:42 GMT LN: Czech unused EU money shrinks to 35 billion in last minute http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/30/ln-czech-unused-eu-money-shrinks-35-billion-last-minute http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/30/ln-czech-unused-eu-money-shrinks-35-billion-last-minute Prague succeeded in drawing billions of crowns from EU funds in the last moment before the December 31 expiry of the 2007-2013 budget period, and it will return "only" 35 billion of unused money to the EU, compared with 105 billion that still remained unused in summer, Lidove noviny (LN) wrote Tuesday. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:31:08 GMT V4 EU Battlegroup with 728 Czech troops to be on standby in 2016 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/30/v4-eu-battlegroup-728-czech-troops-be-standby-2016 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/30/v4-eu-battlegroup-728-czech-troops-be-standby-2016 The Czech army will send 728 soldiers, mainly logisticians, to the EU Battlegroup formed by Visegrad Group (V4) countries that will be on standby from January to June, Ladislav Jung, who will be the deputy commander at the battlegroup´s operational headquarters, has told CTK. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:30:12 GMT Czech pension system has lowest deficit since 2008 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/30/czech-pension-system-has-lowest-deficit-2008 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/30/czech-pension-system-has-lowest-deficit-2008 The Czech pension system had a deficit of 22 billion crowns in the first three quarters of the year, the lowest since 2008, according to the data of the Czech Social Security Administration (CSSZ) that show that both spending on pensions and social insurance paid have increased. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:29:16 GMT Access to health care to improve in 2016, says minister http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/29/access-health-care-improve-2016-says-minister http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/29/access-health-care-improve-2016-says-minister Changes planned by the Czech Health Ministry will improve people´s access to health care in 2016, Minister Svatopluk Nemecek (Social Democrats, CSSD) has told CTK. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:15:45 GMT PM says minimal wage to be CZK 11,000 in 2017 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/29/pm-says-minimal-wage-be-czk-11000-2017 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/29/pm-says-minimal-wage-be-czk-11000-2017 The minimal wage in the Czech Republic should rise to at least 11,000 crowns in January 2017 from 9900 crowns to which it is be raised as from January 2016, server iDnes.cz reported on Monday referring to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka´s (Social Democrats, CSSD) plans for next year. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:14:22 GMT Poll: Babis still most popular Czech politician http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/29/poll-babis-still-most-popular-czech-politician http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/29/poll-babis-still-most-popular-czech-politician Finance Minister and ANO head Andrej Babis keeps the position of the Czech most popular politician, assessed positively by 61 percent of people, followed by PM Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) and Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO), a poll released by the STEM agency has shown. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:13:53 GMT Czech institutional care for children is very costly http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/28/czech-institutional-care-children-very-costly http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/28/czech-institutional-care-children-very-costly The stay of small children in an institution costs the Czech state twice as much money than the life in a foster family and the social care that is to prevent the forced taking of children from a family is even 15 times cheaper, Lumos, an organisation helping children, has said. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:51:19 GMT Zeman praises economic growth, warns against migrant wave http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/28/zeman-praises-czech-economic-growth-warns-against-migrant-wave http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/28/zeman-praises-czech-economic-growth-warns-against-migrant-wave Czech President Milos Zeman praised the country´s economic growth, rise in wages and a low unemployment rate in his Christmas message broadcast by the media, but he again criticised politicians for playing down the current migrant wave. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:50:35 GMT EU foreign policy chief Mogherini to visit Prague next month http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/23/eu-foreign-policy-chief-mogherini-visit-prague-next-month http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/23/eu-foreign-policy-chief-mogherini-visit-prague-next-month The European Commission Vice-President and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, will meet Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek in Prague on January 11, Zaoralek´s press section announced yesterday. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:49:01 GMT Poll: Migrant crisis may worsen relations with Germany http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/23/poll-migrant-crisis-may-worsen-relations-germany http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/23/poll-migrant-crisis-may-worsen-relations-germany One half of Czechs share the view that relations with Germany will worsen due to the current migrant crisis, according to a poll conducted by the STEM polling institute earlier in December and released yesterday. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:48:06 GMT Greece recalls ambassador over comments by Zeman http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/23/greece-recalls-ambassador-over-comments-zeman http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/23/greece-recalls-ambassador-over-comments-zeman Greece has recalled its ambassador to the Czech Republic for consultations in Athens over President Milos Zeman's statements about it, the Greek embassy told CTK yesterday. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:46:38 GMT Armoured carrier row may hit court http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/armoured-carrier-row-may-hit-court-1257073 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/armoured-carrier-row-may-hit-court-1257073 Přelouč-based SVOS saw its bid for the delivery of 42 armoured carriers fall by the wayside in August, but it has not yet given up the battle. It is seeking the reversal of the defence ministry decision to award the tendered contract to an alliance of France’s Nexter Systems and Kopřivnice-based Tatra Trucks. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 07:34:52 GMT HSBC: Czechs are the most optimistic in commerce http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n451288-HSBC-Czechs-are-the-most-optimistic-in-commerce http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n451288-HSBC-Czechs-are-the-most-optimistic-in-commerce The Czech Republic was the most optimistic country in the field of the expectation of commercial opportunities in the second half of 2015. This stems from a survey conducted by the bank HSBC. A total of 83% of respondents predicted a growth in business opportunities. On the other hand, the lowest expectations were recorded in Turkey, where 20% of respondents predicted improvement. The global average totalled 61%. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 07:34:02 GMT Respekt: Zmeyevsky to be new Russian ambassador in Prague http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/22/respekt-zmeyevsky-be-new-russian-ambassador-prague http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/22/respekt-zmeyevsky-be-new-russian-ambassador-prague Former Russian special presidential representative for international cooperation in combating terrorism and transnational organised crime Alexander Zmeyevsky will become the new ambassador to the Czech Republic, weekly Respekt writes yesterday. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:25:59 GMT Andrej Babiš to be given police protection http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/22/andrej-babi%C5%A1-be-given-police-protection http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/22/andrej-babi%C5%A1-be-given-police-protection Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) will have police protection, the government decided yesterday and Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (senior government Social Democrats, CSSD) told CTK. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:24:53 GMT Cabinet approves military development plan until 2025 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/22/cabinet-approves-military-development-plan-until-2025 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/22/cabinet-approves-military-development-plan-until-2025 The Czech cabinet approved yesterday a plan of building the Czech military until 2025, which is an important strategic document the government was preparing for two years, Vladimir Lukovsky, from the Defence Ministry´s press section, told CTK. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:24:25 GMT ČR to host two large NATO exercises in 2016 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/21/%C4%8Dr-host-two-large-nato-exercises-201 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/21/%C4%8Dr-host-two-large-nato-exercises-201 Czech soldiers will take part in several exercises abroad in 2016 and the country will host two large ones with the participation of some 300 foreign troops and 30 allied aircraft in each, according to a schedule the Defence Ministry has provided for CTK. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:02:38 GMT Emirates announces daily A380 service to Prague http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n4634-Emirates-Announces-Daily-A380-Service-to-Prague http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c207-Travel/n4634-Emirates-Announces-Daily-A380-Service-to-Prague Emirates today announced that it will start flying its iconic A380 to Prague as of 1 May 2016, becoming the first and only operator of the world’s largest passenger aircraft in Czech Republic. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:44:02 GMT Poll: Less than 20% of Czechs would regret EU collapse http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/18/poll-less-20-czechs-would-regret-eu-collapse http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/18/poll-less-20-czechs-would-regret-eu-collapse Less than 20 percent of Czechs would regret it if the European Union fell apart, a half would feel neutral about it, 22 percent would feel relief and 6 percent would hail the end of the EU, according to a public opinion poll conducted by the Institute of Sociology. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:18:23 GMT Ministers in Prague: V4 to offer joint battlegroup to EU in 2019 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/18/ministers-prague-v4-offer-joint-battlegroup-eu-2019 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/18/ministers-prague-v4-offer-joint-battlegroup-eu-2019 The Visegrad Four (V4) countries or the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia will again offer their joint battlegroup to the European Union (EU) in 2019, Slovak Defence Ministry state secretary Milos Koterec said after the talks of the V4 defence ministers on Thursday. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:17:46 GMT Zeman appoints Fiala as new Constitutional Court judge http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/18/zeman-appoints-fiala-new-constitutional-court-judge http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/18/zeman-appoints-fiala-new-constitutional-court-judge Czech President Milos Zeman appointed Professor Josef Fiala, from the Faculty of Law in Brno, as a new Constitutional Court (US) judge on Thursday, Zeman´s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek has told CTK. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:16:34 GMT International cannabis research institute opens in Prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/16/international-cannabis-research-institute-opens-prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/16/international-cannabis-research-institute-opens-prague The International Cannabis and Cannaboids Institute (ICCI) was opened in Prague on Tuesday with U.S. and Canadian investors contributing half a billion crowns, which Health Minister Svatopĺuk Nemecek said is the biggest private investment in Czech medical research in the past years. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:56:42 GMT Babiš: Greece belongs neither to euro zone nor Schengen http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/16/babi%C5%A1-greece-belongs-neither-euro-zone-nor-schengen http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/16/babi%C5%A1-greece-belongs-neither-euro-zone-nor-schengen Greece belongs neither to the euro zone nor to the Schengen area of free movement of persons, Czech Finance Minister and ANO head Andrej Babis said at a discussion forum staged by the Slovak daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) on Tuesday. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:56:01 GMT PM: Merkel is likely to come to Prague, date not set yet http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/16/pm-merkel-likely-come-prague-date-not-set-yet http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/16/pm-merkel-likely-come-prague-date-not-set-yet German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to arrive in Prague and a suitable date of her visit is being sought, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told the news server of the tabloid daily Blesk on Tuesday. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:55:21 GMT MfD: General loses clearance due to women, Russian links http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/15/mfd-general-loses-clearance-due-women-russian-links http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/15/mfd-general-loses-clearance-due-women-russian-links General Rostislav Pilc, who will step down from the post of Czech presidential military office´s head because he lost the required security clearance, was stripped of the clearance due to his relations to women and his Russian neighbours, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) wrote on Monday. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:57:43 GMT Embassies do not join Prague call over Canada's Jelinek http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/15/embassies-do-not-join-prague-call-over-canadas-jelinek http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/15/embassies-do-not-join-prague-call-over-canadas-jelinek Some foreign ambassadors in Prague refused to sign a statement calling on Czech politicians to curb corruption because Canada´s Ambassador Otto Jelinek, a lobbyist linked to suspected bribing within a planned purchase of Gripen fighters, was among the signatories, daily Pravo wrote on Monday. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:56:40 GMT PM to reject restriction of movement freedom in EU http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/15/pm-reject-restriction-movement-freedom-eu http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/15/pm-reject-restriction-movement-freedom-eu Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka will insist on strengthening the protection of the outer border, reject the British demand for restricting the freedom of movement and support the Energy Union at the upcoming EU summit, according to his mandate that the government approved on Monday. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:56:06 GMT Experts: Paris Agreement should be binding for Czechs http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/14/experts-paris-agreement-should-be-binding-czechs http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/14/experts-paris-agreement-should-be-binding-czechs A great commitment for the Czech Republic arises from the outcome of the UN Paris climate protection conference, Czech scientists and environmentalists have told CTK after the Paris Agreement that is to reduce global pollution was passed. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:12:56 GMT MEP Ransdorf still in KSČM party despite fraud allegatation http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/14/mep-ransdorf-still-ks%C4%8Dm-party-despite-fraud-allegatation http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/14/mep-ransdorf-still-ks%C4%8Dm-party-despite-fraud-allegatation The Communist (KSCM) central committee decided on Saturday not to discontinue the party membership of Czech MEP Miloslav Ransdorf despite his having been recently detained by Swiss police over suspected financial fraud in a Zurich bank. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:12:30 GMT Senate consents to abolition of second pension pillar http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/11/senate-consents-abolition-second-pension-pillar http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/11/senate-consents-abolition-second-pension-pillar The second pension pillar within which some 85,000 people sent money for their old age to private funds will cease to exist during 2016 and the savers will get the money back, according to a Czech government bill the Senate passed yesterday. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:58:36 GMT MEP Ransdorf to leave GUE/NGL Group over suspected fraud http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/11/mep-ransdorf-leave-guengl-group-over-suspected-fraud http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/11/mep-ransdorf-leave-guengl-group-over-suspected-fraud Czech MEP Miloslav Ransdorf (Communists, KSCM) will suspend his membership of the left-wing GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament after the Swiss police arrested him in a Zurich bank and he has been suspected of a financial fraud, he told the public Czech Television (CT) yesterday. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:58:01 GMT Record five million people visit Czech heritage sights in 2015 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/11/record-five-million-people-visit-czech-heritage-sights-2015 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/12/11/record-five-million-people-visit-czech-heritage-sights-2015 A record high number of over five million people have visited state castles, chateaux and other heritage sights in 2015, Jana Ticha, spokeswoman for the National Heritage Institute (NPU) that administers about 100 state sights said yesterday. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:57:18 GMT PM: Passing of 2016 budget shows viability of Czech gov't coalition http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/10/pm-passing-2016-budget-shows-viability-czech-govt-coalition http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/10/pm-passing-2016-budget-shows-viability-czech-govt-coalition The Czech 2016 state budget bill was passed by the Chamber of Deputies yesterday in the shape on which the government coalition parties´ leaders agreed on Monday, which proves that the coalition is capable of action, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) told journalists. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:40:36 GMT President Zeman: Turkey should not be part of EU http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/10/president-zeman-turkey-should-not-be-part-eu http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/10/president-zeman-turkey-should-not-be-part-eu Turkey should not be a part of the European Union (EU), Czech President Milos Zeman said at the close of his three-day visit to north Bohemia yesterday, and added that despite its membership of NATO, Turkey sometimes behaves as if it were Islamic State´s ally. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:39:45 GMT New head of security service watchdog appointed http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/08/new-head-security-service-watchdog-appointed http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/08/new-head-security-service-watchdog-appointed The Czech government approved the appointment of Michal Murin, the current deputy chief of the General Inspection of Security Corps (GIBS), as its new head yesterday and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he would appoint him within a few days. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:04:29 GMT Ústí region loses out in contest for Galileo logistics centre http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/08/%C3%BAst%C3%AD-region-loses-out-contest-galileo-logistics-centre http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/08/%C3%BAst%C3%AD-region-loses-out-contest-galileo-logistics-centre The logistics centre of the Galileo European navigation system will not be seated in the Usti region, since Belgium has won a tender for its, President Milos Zeman told local representatives on the first day of his three-day visit to this region yesterday. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:03:45 GMT Czech MEP denies involvement in financial fraud http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/07/czech-mep-denies-involvement-financial-fraud http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/07/czech-mep-denies-involvement-financial-fraud Czech Communist (KSCM) MEP Miloslav Ransdorf may have swallowed someone´s bait in Switzerland, where he was detained on suspicion of a financial fraud, since something similar happened to him in the past as well, President Milos Zeman said in a live radio interview yesterday. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 08:16:38 GMT Poll: Support for ČSSD rising, ANO still most popular party http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/07/poll-support-%C4%8Dssd-rising-ano-still-most-popular-party http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/07/poll-support-%C4%8Dssd-rising-ano-still-most-popular-party ANO is still the most popular party in the Czech Republic being supported by 29 percent, while support for the Social Democrats (CSSD) has increased by 3.5 percentage points since October, shows a poll conducted by the TSN AIsa agency for public Czech Television (CT) and released yesterday. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 08:15:44 GMT Zeman regrets he cannot dismiss PM Sobotka http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/07/zeman-regrets-he-cannot-dismiss-pm-sobotka http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/07/zeman-regrets-he-cannot-dismiss-pm-sobotka Czech President Milos Zeman received many letters, in which people asked him to dismiss Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in the past week and he regrets that he has no such power, Zeman said in a live radio interview yesterday. He also criticised Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) for sending him messages with different views via media and not telling him his opinions personally. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 08:14:51 GMT V4 countries support unification of Koreas at Prague summit http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/04/v4-countries-support-unification-koreas-prague-summit http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/04/v4-countries-support-unification-koreas-prague-summit The Visegrad Four (V4) countries and South Korea want to work for tighter economic, trade and cultural cooperation and they support the unification of North Korea and South Korea and Ukraine´s pro-reform efforts, in a joint memorandum they adopted in Prague on Thursday. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:06:10 GMT V4 PMs write to Tusk EU summit should deal with energy union http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/04/v4-pms-write-tusk-eu-summit-should-deal-energy-union http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/04/v4-pms-write-tusk-eu-summit-should-deal-energy-union The Visegrad Four (V4) prime ministers, who met in Prague Thursday, wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk that all future energy projects should be in harmony with European law and called on him to include the Energy Union in the agenda of the EU´s December summit. Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:05:32 GMT South Korea offers nuke plants completion, helicopters to Czechs http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/03/south-korea-offers-nuke-plants-completion-helicopters-czechs http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/03/south-korea-offers-nuke-plants-completion-helicopters-czechs South Korea offers the completion of nuclear power plants, and also military helicopters to Czechs, while the Czech Republic may supply advanced technologies to South Korea, the two countries´ presidents, Milos Zeman and Park Geun-hye, said after a meeting on Wednesday. Thu, 03 Dec 2015 08:38:00 GMT Young Czech mothers run business as firms do not want them http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/03/young-czech-mothers-run-business-firms-do-not-want-them http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/12/03/young-czech-mothers-run-business-firms-do-not-want-them More and more young Czech mothers decide to run their own business since firms do not want to employ them after maternity leave, daily Pravo wrote Wednesday. Thu, 03 Dec 2015 08:37:01 GMT Pehe: Era of Havel's legacy promoted in Czech politics is over http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/30/pehe-era-havels-legacy-promoted-czech-politics-over http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/30/pehe-era-havels-legacy-promoted-czech-politics-over The era of prominent politicians who promoted the legacy of Vaclav Havel and occupied leading posts in major Czech political parties is over, Jiri Pehe wrote in Saturday's issue of Právo in relation to the fact that Karel Schwarzenberg left the post of TOP 09 chairman last weekend. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:15:25 GMT PM: Prague ready to take part in EU financial support for Turkey http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/30/pm-prague-ready-take-part-eu-financial-support-turkey http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/30/pm-prague-ready-take-part-eu-financial-support-turkey The Czech Republic is ready to contribute to the European financial support for Turkey so that Turkey can deal with more than two million refugees on its territory in a better way, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told journalists before the EU-Turkey summit on Sunday. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:14:52 GMT Czech PM meets his Chinese counterpart, 12 agreements signed http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/30/czech-pm-meets-his-chinese-counterpart-12-agreements-signed http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/30/czech-pm-meets-his-chinese-counterpart-12-agreements-signed Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka met his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on Friday and they both watched the signature of 12 memoranda and agreements covering sport and health care among others. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:14:11 GMT LN: Schengen preservation is in Central Europe´s interest http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/27/ln-schengen-preservation-central-europe%C2%B4s-interest http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/27/ln-schengen-preservation-central-europe%C2%B4s-interest The preservation of the Schengen system is in the interest of Central European countries that should insist on the European Union dealing with substantial matters, Jan Machacek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) yesterday. He writes that many people in the Czech Republic may not realise it, but the possibility of disintegration of the Schengen system of open borders within Europe has been assuming real dimensions. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:30:35 GMT PM Sobotka lobbies for ČR as China's foothold in Europe http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/27/pm-sobotka-lobbies-%C4%8Dr-china%C2%B4s-foothold-europe http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/27/pm-sobotka-lobbies-%C4%8Dr-china%C2%B4s-foothold-europe PM Bohuslav Sobotka lobbied yesterday for Prague to become China's foothold in Eastern Europe in terms of finances, transport and industry cooperation and also debated bilateral relations, world terrorism and the situation in Syria with President Xi Jinping. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:29:08 GMT LN: Chinese investors interested in Karlovy Vary http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/27/ln-chinese-investors-interested-karlovy-vary http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/27/ln-chinese-investors-interested-karlovy-vary Chinese investors are interested in luxurious real estate in the Karlovy Vary spa town, west Bohemia, in particular in the iconic Pupp Hotel, daily Lidové noviny (LN) reported yesterday. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:28:34 GMT Lower house seeks up to 44 billion crowns for 2016 budget http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/26/lower-house-seeks-44-billion-crowns-2016-budget http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/26/lower-house-seeks-44-billion-crowns-2016-budget Czech lawmakers proposed to transfer a total of 44 billion crowns in the second reading of the draft state budget for 2016 for the benefit of the military, border protection, education and social affairs yesterday. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:26:43 GMT PM: ČR needs more Chinese-speaking experts http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/26/pm-%C4%8Dr-needs-more-chinese-speaking-experts http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/26/pm-%C4%8Dr-needs-more-chinese-speaking-experts The Czech Republic is short of people who command the Chinese language and this is why it should support the teaching of Chinese as well as student exchange with China, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said during his ongoing one-week visit to China. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:26:13 GMT TOP 09 facing major change in its leadership http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/26/top-09-facing-major-change-its-leadership http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/26/top-09-facing-major-change-its-leadership The Czech opposition TOP 09 party stands ahead of the biggest change since its establishment in 2009 at the weekend election congress where its chairman Karel Schwarzenberg is most likely to be replaced by current first deputy head Miroslav Kalousek. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:25:31 GMT TransportMin: Highway vignettes for 2016 to go on sale on Dec 1 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n449434-TransportMin-Highway-vignettes-for-2016-to-go-on-sale-on-Dec-1 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n449434-TransportMin-Highway-vignettes-for-2016-to-go-on-sale-on-Dec-1 One-year highway vignettes for 2016 for vehicles under 3.5 tons will go on sale no later than on December 1, 2015. The prices will remain unchanged. One-year voucher for 2015 is valid from December 1, 2015, until January 31, 2017, and will cost CZK 1,500. One-month and ten-day vignettes will be available no later than from January 1, 2016. They will cost CZK 440 and CZK 310, respectively. The Ministry of Transport has informed that the one-year vignette will newly be circular-shaped and red, while the monthly vignette will be blue and square and the ten-day voucher will be a yellow triangle. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:24:07 GMT Gov’t queries anti-ISIS battle tactics http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/gov-t-queries-anti-isis-battle-tactics-1248788 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/gov-t-queries-anti-isis-battle-tactics-1248788 Ground operations against ISIS are necessary, but they do not require the direct involvement of European soldiers. That was the line taken by prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrat) after talks held with heads of the Czech security services. “The key to solving the situation in Syria is not ground operations, but an agreement between Russia and the United States. The key is a deal between the countries participating in the Vienna dialogue,” he said. Více na: http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/gov-t-queries-anti-isis-battle-tactics-1248788#utm_medium=selfpromo&utm_source=e15&utm_campaign=copylink Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:38:46 GMT Foreign nationals sentenced to more than three years in prison will lose their right to residence http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/25/foreign-nationals-sentenced-more-three-years-prison-will-lose-their-right-residence http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/25/foreign-nationals-sentenced-more-three-years-prison-will-lose-their-right-residence Foreigners who will be sentenced to more than three years in prison over a deliberate crime or who were repeatedly convicted may have their residence permit cancelled in the Czech Republic, under the bill signed into law by President Milos Zeman yesterday. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:37:17 GMT Euro MP Petr Mach re-elected as leader of the Free Citizen’s Party http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/24/euro-mp-petr-mach-re-elected-leader-free-citizen%E2%80%99s-party http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/24/euro-mp-petr-mach-re-elected-leader-free-citizen%E2%80%99s-party Petr Mach, 40, was re-elected leader of the Czech extra-parliamentary Free Citizens Party (SSO) with two-thirds of the votes in an online vote yesterday, he has told journalists. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:46:09 GMT South Korean president to visit ČR, attend V4 summit http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/24/south-korean-president-visit-%C4%8Dr-attend-v4-summit http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/24/south-korean-president-visit-%C4%8Dr-attend-v4-summit South Korean President Park Geun-hye will pay a four-day visit to the Czech Republic in early December to meet Czech leaders, including President Milos Zeman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, and attend a Prague summit of the Visegrad Four (V4) group of Central European countries. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:45:24 GMT PM expects communication with president to continue smoothly despite recent criticism http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/24/pm-expects-communication-president-continue-smoothly-despite-recent-criticism http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/24/pm-expects-communication-president-continue-smoothly-despite-recent-criticism Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said yesterday he does not suppose that communication between President Milos Zeman and the government will end over the dispute about Zeman´s marking November 17 together with the extremist Bloc Against Islam. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:44:49 GMT Právo: Czech radar detects hiding persons, scores success abroad http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/23/pr%C3%A1vo-czech-radar-detects-hiding-persons-scores-success-abroad http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/23/pr%C3%A1vo-czech-radar-detects-hiding-persons-scores-success-abroad The innovated Czech-made ReTWis radar that is capable of detecting persons behind a barrier scored a great success at the Milipol 2015 international trade fair in Paris focusing on police equipment, daily Pravo writes Saturday. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:41:39 GMT PM: Czechs pursuing competitive battle in China http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/23/pm-czechs-pursuing-competitive-battle-china http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/23/pm-czechs-pursuing-competitive-battle-china The Czech delegation is pursuing a strong competitive battle in China, PM Bohuslav Sobotka, said in Shanghai yesterday, adding that he probably is not the only prime minister from Central or Eastern Europe to seek [Chinese] investments for their countries. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:40:30 GMT Prague’s ANO-led alliance collapses http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/prague-s-ano-led-alliance-collapses-1247123 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/prague-s-ano-led-alliance-collapses-1247123 Amere year after the Prague City Hall coalition of ANO, the Social Democrats [ČSSD] and the Threeparty Coalition was born, and some three weeks after the three partners backed the removal of four councillors, the alliance spearheaded by mayor Adriana Krnáčová has been consigned to the history books. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:44:36 GMT Minister for joint EU armed force, tough readmission policy http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/19/minister-joint-eu-armed-force-tough-readmission-policy http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/19/minister-joint-eu-armed-force-tough-readmission-policy The EU must learn speaking unanimously, form a joint armed force of a deterrent character, and launch a consistent policy of migrant readmission, if it wants to prevent the rise of extremist parties, Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec says in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) out on Wednesday. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:34:34 GMT ČR plans crucial change to hospital care financing system http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/19/%C4%8Dr-plans-crucial-change-hospital-care-financing-system http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/19/%C4%8Dr-plans-crucial-change-hospital-care-financing-system The Czech state plans the most significant change to the system of acute hospital care financing in the past 15 years, with health insurers starting to pay for particular diagnoses instead of providing flat payments to hospitals, Health Minister Svatopluk Nemecek said on Wednesday. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:33:47 GMT NKÚ unveils suspicious two-billion-crown defence spending http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/18/nk%C3%BA-unveils-suspicious-two-billion-crown-defence-spending http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/18/nk%C3%BA-unveils-suspicious-two-billion-crown-defence-spending The Czech Supreme Audit Office (NKU) has uncovered the Defence Ministry´s breach of budgetary discipline worth 2.2 billion crowns, mainly in the financing of ammunition dumps protection, it announced in a press release on Monday. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:31:57 GMT FinMin: Schengen to collapse unless EU closes border http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/18/finmin-schengen-collapse-unless-eu-closes-border http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/18/finmin-schengen-collapse-unless-eu-closes-border The Schengen area will fall apart and people will take justice in their own hands unless the outer Schengen border is closed immediately, Czech Deputy Prime Minister and ANO leader Andrej Babis said in a Twitter video in reaction to the Friday terrorist attacks in Paris. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:31:17 GMT Czechs step up security after Paris attacks, urge fighting IS http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/16/czechs-step-security-after-paris-attacks-urge-fighting http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/16/czechs-step-security-after-paris-attacks-urge-fighting The Czech Republic has reinforced security measures at airports, shopping centres and other places after the Friday terrorist attacks in Paris that claimed 129 lives. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:56:19 GMT Czech military to stage biggest reserve exercises in 2016 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/16/czech-military-stage-biggest-reserve-exercises-2016 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/16/czech-military-stage-biggest-reserve-exercises-2016 The Czech military will stage the biggest exercise of active reserves since they were created at the Libava training ground in northern Moravia in March and April, Chief-of-Staff Josef Becvar has said. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:55:38 GMT PM Sobotka: Britain should stay in EU http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/16/pm-sobotka-britain-should-stay-eu http://praguemonitor.com/2015/11/16/pm-sobotka-britain-should-stay-eu The Czech Republic wants Britain to stay in the EU, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) told British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond during their meeting Friday. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:52:21 GMT TÜV SÜD Czech: Czech companies can succeed only by delivering an extraordinary quality http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n448651-TUV-SUD-Czech-Czech-companies-can-succeed-only-by-delivering-an-extraordinary http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n448651-TUV-SUD-Czech-Czech-companies-can-succeed-only-by-delivering-an-extraordinary Already for the ninth time, TÜV SÜD Czech, a leading company in the area of inspection, certification, testing, and training in the Czech Republic, has officially presented the companies seeking an improvement of their services, processes, or products in the long term while awarding them officially the Certificates of uniqueness. The certificates were presented in association with the campaign called November – Month of quality in the Czech Republic. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:29:09 GMT MfD: People from all Czech Republic move to Prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/13/mfd-people-all-czech-republic-move-prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/13/mfd-people-all-czech-republic-move-prague People from all over the Czech Republic are moving to Prague, while the Moravia-Silesia Region in northern Moravia is becoming depopulated, yet even Prague would be losing inhabitants were it not for foreigners, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes yesterday. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:56:52 GMT HN: Court not to return plots to Liechtenstein family http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/13/hn-court-not-return-plots-liechtenstein-family http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/13/hn-court-not-return-plots-liechtenstein-family The Liechtenstein noble family has no right to the 600-hectare plots near Ricany in the vicinity of Prague since their return would violate the restitution laws, a district court has ruled, Hospodarske noviny (HN) writes yesterday. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:55:11 GMT Court acquits Rath's aide in huge tax evasion case http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/13/court-acquits-raths-aide-huge-tax-evasion-case http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/13/court-acquits-raths-aide-huge-tax-evasion-case A Czech court acquitted Filip Busina, who was an aide to the Central Bohemian Region´s governor David Rath, of all charges in a case of huge tax evasion and money laundering yesterday, but eight suspects received suspended or prison sentences. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:54:21 GMT Právo: Military expecting massive purchases http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/12/pr%C3%A1vo-military-expecting-massive-purchases http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/12/pr%C3%A1vo-military-expecting-massive-purchases The Czech military is expecting years of cornucopia after a long time of budget cuts, with the biggest purchases planned in its air force, daily Pravo writes yesterday, referring to the Defence Ministry draft budget for next year, available to the paper. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:58:26 GMT Poll: Energy security more important for V4 than migration http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/12/poll-energy-security-more-important-v4-migration http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/12/poll-energy-security-more-important-v4-migration Energy security, illegal migration and instability of states bordering on the EU will dominate the foreign policy of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries, including the Czech Republic, in the next five years, a poll conducted among officials and experts in the four countries has shown. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:57:33 GMT Prague Business Leaders Networking 10.11.2015 (Pictures) http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.899039853476932.1073741825.157511467629778&type=3 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.899039853476932.1073741825.157511467629778&type=3 The Leadership Series: In-depth Discussions with the Leaders Who are Defining the Future “Shareholder Expectations vs. 21st Century Market Dynamics” Is it really possible to get more with less? What are the core issues leaders need to focus on today? How do these changing dynamics affect employee engagement and tenure? How are employee attitudes changing? Is it time to consider a new leadership paradigm? Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:30:05 GMT Sobotka: Prague will insist on preservation of free movement in EU http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/11/sobotka-prague-will-insist-preservation-free-movement-eu http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/11/sobotka-prague-will-insist-preservation-free-movement-eu he Czech Republic will insist on preserving the free movement of people and same rights for all EU citizens, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said yesterday in reaction to EU reforms proposed by Britain. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:22:24 GMT Prague coalition splits definitively http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/11/prague-coalition-splits-definitively http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/11/prague-coalition-splits-definitively The Prague coalition of ANO, the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the Three-party Coalition, comprised of the Greens (SZ), Mayors and Independents (STAN) and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), has definitively ended, CSSD representatives told reporters after a coalition meeting yesterday. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:21:53 GMT ČR, Slovakia not to take migrants from EU this year http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/10/czech-republic-slovakia-not-take-migrants-eu-year http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/10/czech-republic-slovakia-not-take-migrants-eu-year Neither the Czech Republic nor Slovakia count with accepting refugees within their relocation among the EU member states this year, the Czech and Slovak interior ministers, Milan Chovanec and Robert Kalinak, said upon their arrival in Brussels yesterday. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:01:52 GMT Government approves action plan to fight gambling http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/10/government-approves-action-plan-fight-gambling http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/10/government-approves-action-plan-fight-gambling The Czech government approved yesterday an action plan to prevent gambling and remove its negative consequences in the next three years, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said after the cabinet´s meeting. The plan focuses both on the gambling control and on the treatment of addicts. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:01:05 GMT LN: Former PM Špidla to head Czech-German group http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/10/ln-former-pm-%C5%A1pidla-head-czech-german-group http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/10/ln-former-pm-%C5%A1pidla-head-czech-german-group Former Czech prime minister Vladimir Spidla (Social Democrats, CSSD) will head a Czech-German working group with the task of bridging the gap formed between the two neighbouring countries with closely intertwined economies by the ongoing migrant crisis, daily Lidove noviny (LN) writes yesterday. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:59:42 GMT Právo: Bribes are common part of life for one fifth of Czechs http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/09/pr%C3%A1vo-bribes-are-common-part-life-one-fifth-czechs http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/11/09/pr%C3%A1vo-bribes-are-common-part-life-one-fifth-czechs One fifth of Czechs consider bribes a common part of life and they do not hesitate to give money or something else to speed up the procedure in a state institution, get better treatment in hospital or pass the vehicle safety test in a MOT test station, daily Pravo writes Saturday, citing surveys. Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:04:26 GMT Prague is fifth world city to host Millionaire Gallery branch http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/30/prague-fifth-world-city-host-millionaire-gallery-branch http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/30/prague-fifth-world-city-host-millionaire-gallery-branch The Millionaire Gallery, which sells memorabilia and original items from the areas of politics, history, showbusiness, sports and science, is opening its branch in Prague as the fifth one in the world, after Miami, Key West, London and Dubai, the branch's owner Tomas Novak has told CTK. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:44:56 GMT Politico server: Babiš is most powerful man in Czech Republic http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/30/politico-server-babi%C5%A1-most-powerful-man-czech-republic http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/30/politico-server-babi%C5%A1-most-powerful-man-czech-republic Czech Finance Minister and businessman Andrej Babis "is what Donald Trump wants to be - the most powerful man in his country," the server Politico writes in an article on Babis yesterday. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:44:09 GMT Appeals court rejects compensation claim by Baťa’s descendants http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/30/appeals-court-rejects-compensation-claim-ba%C5%A5a%E2%80%99s-descendants http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/30/appeals-court-rejects-compensation-claim-ba%C5%A5a%E2%80%99s-descendants The Prague appeals court definitively rejected the compensation claim filed by the descendants of Czech shoe magnate Jan Antonin Bata yesterday. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:43:36 GMT President under fire for selection of laureates http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/30/president-under-fire-selection-laureates http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/30/president-under-fire-selection-laureates The Czech right-wing opposition has criticised the bestowing of a state award, the Medal of Merit, on Miroslav Toman, former member of a pre-1989 Czechoslovak communist government, by President Milos Zeman on the national holiday on Wednesday. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:43:00 GMT Babiš guarantees system of electronic cash registers will work http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/12/deputy-prime-minister-say-babi%C5%A1-guarantees-system-electronic-cash-registers-will-work-or- http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/12/deputy-prime-minister-say-babi%C5%A1-guarantees-system-electronic-cash-registers-will-work-or- Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) promised his government coalition partners to leave if the planned electronic sales register does not work, Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Belobradek, head of the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), said on public Czech Television (CT) today. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:41:24 GMT First Czech business delegation leaves for Cuba http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/12/first-czech-business-delegation-leaves-cuba http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/12/first-czech-business-delegation-leaves-cuba The first group of representatives from Czech firms in modern history is leaving today for Cuba where it will join an official delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Tlapa. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:40:32 GMT Most cyber-attacks aimed at Czech Foreign Ministry http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/09/most-cyber-attacks-aimed-czech-foreign-ministry http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/09/most-cyber-attacks-aimed-czech-foreign-ministry The foreign, health and defence ministries are the Czech state bodies that face cyber-attacks most often, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes Thursday, referring to information from the National Security Office (NBU). Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:01:45 GMT Poll: ANO firms leading position, TOP 09 loses http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/08/poll-ano-firms-leading-position-top-09-loses http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/08/poll-ano-firms-leading-position-top-09-loses The Czech ANO movement firmed its lead on the senior ruling Social Democrats (CSSD) in September and the junior government Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) would also stay in the Chamber of Deputies, according to a STEM election model released to CTK Wednesday. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:50:59 GMT Experts train defence against cyber attack on nuke plant http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/08/experts-train-defence-against-cyber-attack-nuke-plant http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/08/experts-train-defence-against-cyber-attack-nuke-plant An exercise simulating a cyber attack on a nuclear power plant and checking Czech experts' readiness to cope with it is being held in the new Cyber Polygon of Brno's Masaryk University Wednesday. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:50:26 GMT Zeman wants to lift age limit for Czech diplomats http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/07/zeman-wants-lift-age-limit-czech-diplomats http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/07/zeman-wants-lift-age-limit-czech-diplomats Czech President Milos Zeman is negotiating about an amendment to the civil service law to enable diplomats to stay in service after turning 70, he said in an interview with CTK Tuesday. Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:06:15 GMT Diplomat: ČR is last Western state in contact with Assad http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/06/diplomat-czechrep-last-western-state-contact-assad http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/06/diplomat-czechrep-last-western-state-contact-assad The Czech Republic is the last Western country still to talk to Syrian leader Bashar Assad, as it is the last EU country whose embassy in Damascus remains open, also representing the USA, Hynek Kmonicek, head of the Czech Presidential Office's foreign section, says in weekly Tyden out Monday. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:06:24 GMT Týden: Finance Minister Babiš's firms pardoned taxes http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/06/t%C3%BDden-finance-minister-babi%C5%A1s-firms-pardoned-taxes http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/06/t%C3%BDden-finance-minister-babi%C5%A1s-firms-pardoned-taxes The worst rumours about a symbiosis of the Czech Finance Ministry and the Agrofert holding owned by the minister, Andrej Babis (ANO), seem to be proved by the fact that one fourth of the latest record-high tax pardons concern Agrofert, weekly Tyden writes in its issue out Monday. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:05:47 GMT Schwarzenberg not to run for TOP 09 leader again http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/06/schwarzenberg-not-run-top-09-leader-again http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/10/06/schwarzenberg-not-run-top-09-leader-again Karel Schwarzenberg, 77, will not be defending the post of opposition TOP 09 chairman at the party's congress in November for health reasons, he announced at a meeting of the TOP 09 executive committee Monday. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:05:16 GMT Poll: ANO, Social Democrats able to defend Czech interests http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/30/poll-ano-social-democrats-able-defend-czech-interests http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/30/poll-ano-social-democrats-able-defend-czech-interests Some 52 percent of Czechs believe that the governing ANO and Social Democrats (CSSD) are able to defend the Czech Republic's interests, according to a poll conducted by the CVVM public opinion institute in early September and released yesterday. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:00:49 GMT Czech president, PM pay respect to 9/11 victims in New York http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/30/czech-president-pm-pay-respect-911-victims-new-york http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/30/czech-president-pm-pay-respect-911-victims-new-york Czech President Milos Zeman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka paid respect to the victims of the terrorist attacks from September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site in New York yesterday. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:00:09 GMT Doubt cast on Nečas testimony http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/doubt-cast-on-necas-testimony-1231429 http://zpravy.e15.cz/e15-weekly/doubt-cast-on-necas-testimony-1231429 Prosecutors in Olomouc, headed by Ivo Ištvan, are up in arms over the first ruling to be made in the Jana Nečasová (formely Nagyová) case and are now collating evidence to launch an appeal. According to information obtained by E15 daily, prosecutors will seek to cast doubt on the testimony of former PM Petr Nečas, which proved decisive in the ruling handed down by Prague 1 District Court. Nečas’s secret testimony was evidently about Gripen fighter planes. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:19:55 GMT Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2015 awarded to Ludmilla Alexeeva http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/29/v%C3%A1clav-havel-human-rights-prize-2015-awarded-ludmilla-alexeeva http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/29/v%C3%A1clav-havel-human-rights-prize-2015-awarded-ludmilla-alexeeva The third Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights – has been awarded to veteran Russian human rights defender Ludmilla Alexeeva. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:41:53 GMT Populist leader calling for resignation of government http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/29/populist-leader-calling-resignation-government http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/29/populist-leader-calling-resignation-government Several hundred people yesterday attended a rally against immigration and the government at which Tomio Okamura, leader of the populist Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD), asked the Czech government to step down. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:39:47 GMT ACEA: Utility vehicle registrations in the Czech Republic up 22.7% http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n444997-ACEA-Utility-vehicle-registrations-in-the-Czech-Republic-up-22-7 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n444997-ACEA-Utility-vehicle-registrations-in-the-Czech-Republic-up-22-7 New utility vehicle registrations in the Czech Republic in August 2015 grew by 22.7% to 1,895. Registrations in the first eight months of the year increased by 23.3% to 17,663. This stems from the statistics of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:38:20 GMT South Korean University gives honorary doctorate to Havel http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/22/south-korean-university-gives-honorary-doctorate-havel http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/22/south-korean-university-gives-honorary-doctorate-havel The Kyung Hee private university in the South Korean capital of Seoul granted a honorary doctor's degree to former Czech president Vaclav Havel (1936-2011) in memoriam Monday, the communication section of the Czech Centres has told CTK. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:38:55 GMT MfD: Czech Republic needs to get ready for Industry 4.0 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/22/mfd-czech-republic-needs-get-ready-industry-40 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/22/mfd-czech-republic-needs-get-ready-industry-40 The Czech Republic needs to get ready for the fourth industrial revolution that may replace 54 percent of jobs in the country with robots, especially in assembly line production, Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes Monday, referring to a British study by the Oxford Martin School and Citigroup. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:37:54 GMT Prague hosting talks of V4, Luxembourg foreign ministers http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/21/prague-hosting-talks-v4-luxembourg-foreign-ministers http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/21/prague-hosting-talks-v4-luxembourg-foreign-ministers The foreign ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, as well as Luxembourg will meet in Prague on Monday to debate the refugee crisis, Czech Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Michaela Lagronova confirmed to CTK Sunday. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:49:37 GMT Pensions to be indexed by mere CZK 40, bonus to rise http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/21/pensions-be-indexed-mere-czk-40-bonus-rise http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/21/pensions-be-indexed-mere-czk-40-bonus-rise Czech monthly pensions will only be raised by an average of 40 crowns in 2016 in consequence of a low inflation and the government coalition decided to raise the promised one-off bonus for pensioners from 600 to 900 crowns, Labour and Social Affairs Minister Michaela Marksova said Friday. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:49:07 GMT Zeman opens business forum, honours Aliyev, meets students in Baku http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/17/zeman-opens-business-forum-honours-aliyev-meets-students-baku http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/17/zeman-opens-business-forum-honours-aliyev-meets-students-baku Czech President Milos Zeman, on a visit to Azerbaijan, opened the Czech-Azeri business forum together with his counterpart Ilham Aliyev yesterday, honoured Aliyev's late father and predecessor, and met local university students in Baku yesterday. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:49:20 GMT Annual Forum 2000 conference of thinkers ends in Prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/17/annual-forum-2000-conference-thinkers-ends-prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/17/annual-forum-2000-conference-thinkers-ends-prague The 19th Forum 2000 international conference of personalities and thinkers that annually deals with human rights issues and that focused on the role of education in the promotion of democracy this year ended in Prague yesterday. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:48:34 GMT MfD: Prague becomes safe cache for Russian money http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/17/mfd-prague-becomes-safe-cache-russian-money http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/17/mfd-prague-becomes-safe-cache-russian-money Prague has become a safe place where rich and influential Russians invest their money mainly in luxurious real estate, while security services are not able to fully control such a strong flow of finances from the East to the Czech Republic, Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes yesterday. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:48:05 GMT Zeman can see no connection between EU subsidies, refugee quotas http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/16/zeman-can-see-no-connection-between-eu-subsidies-refugee-quotas http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/16/zeman-can-see-no-connection-between-eu-subsidies-refugee-quotas Czech President Milos Zeman can see no connection between subsidies from the European Union and quotas for the redistribution of refugees in the EU, his spokesman Jiri Ovcacek told CTK yesterday. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:28:07 GMT PM: Good education path to dignified life http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/16/pm-good-education-path-dignified-life http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/16/pm-good-education-path-dignified-life Good-quality education enables people not only to survive, but it is a path to a dignified life, citizenship and building of society, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said in his speech at the Forum 2000 conference yesterday. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:27:10 GMT Czech exports to Russia down almost one-third http://www.praguepost.com/czech-news/49759-czech-exports-to-russia-down-almost-one-third http://www.praguepost.com/czech-news/49759-czech-exports-to-russia-down-almost-one-third The volume of Czech exports to Russia sank by 32.8 percent year on year to Kč 45.26 billion in the first seven months of this year, which means a Kč 22 billion yr/yr drop, according to a document that Industry and Trade Ministry officials provided to the Czech News Agency at engineering fair MSV today. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:10:49 GMT Czech firms can employ up to 5,000 migrants, industry confederation says http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/15/czech-firms-can-employ-5000-migrants-industry-confederation http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/15/czech-firms-can-employ-5000-migrants-industry-confederation Czech firms can employ up to 5,000 refugees from Syria if they have required qualification and observe law, according to a survey conducted by the Confederation of Industry, its president Jaroslav Hanak said at the International Engineering Fair yesterday. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:08:41 GMT ANO would win elections now, ODS skips TOP 09 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/14/ano-would-win-elections-now-ods-skips-top-09 http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/14/ano-would-win-elections-now-ods-skips-top-09 Finance Minister Andrej Babis's ANO movement would win the Czech general election, if held in August, followed by its government partner Social Democrats (CSSD) and the opposition Communists (KSCM), according to a poll conducted by the TNS Aisa agency and released by Czech Television yesterday. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 06:40:29 GMT Forum 2000 conference opens in Prague http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/14/forum-2000-conference-opens-prague http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/14/forum-2000-conference-opens-prague The role of education in the process of enhancing and spreading democracy is the main issue on the agenda of the 19th Forum 2000 conference of world personalities and thinkers, an annual event focusing on human rights, which was ceremonially opened in Prague yesterday. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 06:39:10 GMT ANO wants lawmakers to discuss Česká pošta contracts http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/11/ano-wants-lawmakers-discuss-%C4%8Desk%C3%A1-po%C5%A1ta-contracts http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/11/ano-wants-lawmakers-discuss-%C4%8Desk%C3%A1-po%C5%A1ta-contracts The Czech government movement ANO will initiate an extraordinary session of the Chamber of Deputies to debate the state-run Ceska posta (CP) postal services firm and form a commission of investigation into the placing of contracts by the CP in the past years, Jaroslav Faltynek told CTK Thursday. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 12:51:56 GMT Diplomats: Czech relations with West may worsen over migration http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/08/diplomats-czech-relations-west-may-worsen-over-migration http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/08/diplomats-czech-relations-west-may-worsen-over-migration Czech relations with West European countries threaten to worsen due to the migration crisis since the West promotes mandatory quotas for the redistribution of refugees across the European Union, while the Czech Republic rejects the quotas, senior Czech diplomats have told CTK. Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:58:02 GMT Czech, Slovak PMs insist on protection of Schengen border http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/08/czech-slovak-pms-insist-protection-schengen-border http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/08/czech-slovak-pms-insist-protection-schengen-border The Czech Republic and Slovakia insist on the need to strengthen the protection of the outer border of the Schengen area, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said after their meeting with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann Monday. Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:57:18 GMT PM wants to narrow gap between minimum, average wages http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/08/pm-wants-narrow-gap-between-minimum-average-wages http://praguemonitor.com/2015/09/08/pm-wants-narrow-gap-between-minimum-average-wages The Czech government wants to gradually bring the minimum wage close to 40 percent of the average wage, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said after a meeting of the Czech and Slovak tripartite teams in Bratislava Monday. Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:56:41 GMT V4 PMs reject EC proposal for new refugee quotas in Prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/07/v4-pms-reject-ec-proposal-new-refugee-quotas-prague http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/07/v4-pms-reject-ec-proposal-new-refugee-quotas-prague The Hungarian, Polish, Slovak and Czech prime ministers resolutely rejected the European Commission's planned proposal for the redistribution of further 120,000 refugees across the European Union after their meeting in Prague Friday. Next week, the EC will propose the redistribution of refugees from Italy, Greece and Hungary, which have been facing a strong wave of immigrants. Mon, 07 Sep 2015 07:45:01 GMT MfD: Czech companies wooing foreign workers http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/04/mfd-czech-companies-wooing-foreign-workers http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/04/mfd-czech-companies-wooing-foreign-workers Czech companies that do not have enough local staff are offering over 15,000 jobs to foreigners, which is five times more than a year ago, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes yesterday. Sat, 05 Sep 2015 13:29:09 GMT FinMin ups 2016 draft budget spendings by CZK 16bn http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/03/finmin-ups-2016-draft-budget-spendings-czk-16bn http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/03/finmin-ups-2016-draft-budget-spendings-czk-16bn The Czech Finance Ministry has raised expenditures by around 16 billion crowns to 1,155 billion in the draft state budget for next year compared with the June proposal, while the deficit remains at the projected 70 billion crowns, according to the government's web page. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:10:07 GMT Tax office tracks down biggest tax evasion in history http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/02/tax-office-tracks-down-biggest-tax-evasion-history http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/02/tax-office-tracks-down-biggest-tax-evasion-history The tax office has uncovered the biggest case of tax evasion on VAT in the Czech Republic, when two companies gained 4.5 billion crowns by illegal transactions with precious metals, General Financial Directorate (GFR) spokeswoman Petra Petlachova told CTK yesterday. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:52:08 GMT V4 government heads to discuss migration crisis http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/01/v4-government-heads-discuss-migration-crisis http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/01/v4-government-heads-discuss-migration-crisis The prime ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, will meet on Friday or Sunday to discuss the migration crisis in Europe, Slovak PM Robert Fico announced yesterday. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:49:29 GMT PM, president agree on 2016 budget priorities http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/01/pm-president-agree-2016-budget-priorities http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/09/01/pm-president-agree-2016-budget-priorities Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) and President Milos Zeman have agreed that security spending and support for investment are the priorities of next year's state budget, Sobotka said after talks with Zeman yesterday. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:48:41 GMT Police launch pre-trial proceedings in Czech Post case http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/08/28/police-launch-pre-trial-proceedings-czech-post-case http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/08/28/police-launch-pre-trial-proceedings-czech-post-case The police organised crime squad (UOOZ) launched Thursday the pre-trial proceedings in the case of the Ceska posta (CP) Czech state postal service provider, attorney Zdenek Matula has said on the Prague High State attorney's Office website. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:56:22 GMT LN: State fighting for CZK 240 billion in courts http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/08/28/ln-state-fighting-czk-240-billion-courts http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/08/28/ln-state-fighting-czk-240-billion-courts The Czech state has been fighting for 240 billion crowns in over 8100 court disputes, daily Lidove noviny (LN) writes Thursday, citing the Office for Government Representation in Property Affairs (UZSVM). Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:55:47 GMT Czechs lost over billion crowns in Internet frauds in 2014 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/08/25/czechs-lost-over-billion-crowns-internet-frauds-2014 http://www.praguemonitor.com/2015/08/25/czechs-lost-over-billion-crowns-internet-frauds-2014 Internet fraudsters stripped Czechs of a total of 1.2 billion crowns last year, daily Pravo writes Monday, citing data released to it by the Police Presidium. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:40:15 GMT Hainan Airlines Announce to Launch Beijing-Prague Flight on Sep. 23 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n428819-Hainan-Airlines-Announce-to-Launch-Beijing-Prague-Flight-on-Sep-23 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n428819-Hainan-Airlines-Announce-to-Launch-Beijing-Prague-Flight-on-Sep-23 Hainan Airlines (HU), China's fourth largest carrier, officially announced the launch date of its nonstop service from Beijign to Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, which will be the first nonstop route between the two countries. Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:11:10 GMT Welcome to SlovakConnect.sk http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n428294-Welcome-to-SlovakConnect-sk http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n428294-Welcome-to-SlovakConnect-sk We are online now also in Slovakia ! SlovakConnect.sk aims to bring together International Expats and Slovak Business Professionals through Networking and Business / Social Events. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:44:32 GMT Amazon to open corporate office in Prague on June 22 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n422944-Amazon-to-open-corporate-office-in-Prague-on-June-22 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n422944-Amazon-to-open-corporate-office-in-Prague-on-June-22 Amazon will open its first corporate office in Prague on Monday June 22 in the Blox building on Evropská street. The official opening will be attended by the representatives of Amazon’s top management, incl. the vice-president for Europe, Roy Perticucci, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (ÈSSD), Chamber of Deputies’ chairman Jan Hamáèek (ÈSSD) and Prague’s mayor Adriana Krnáèová (ANO). Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:27:46 GMT iPay International S.A.is looking for local partners to expand its distribution in the Czech Republic http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n408066-iPay-International-S-A-is-looking-for-local-partners-to-expand-its-distribution http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n408066-iPay-International-S-A-is-looking-for-local-partners-to-expand-its-distribution iPay International S.A. enables small and medium-sized businesses in the Czech Republic to accept card payments with the newly launched ‘myPOS package’ Thu, 28 May 2015 10:46:23 GMT Brammer appointed new MD for Czech Republic and Slovakia http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n390364-Brammer-appointed-new-MD-for-Czech-Republic-and-Slovakia http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n390364-Brammer-appointed-new-MD-for-Czech-Republic-and-Slovakia Brammer, one of the leading European distributors of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tomáš Flajsar (40) as the new Managing Director of the company’s operations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Tomáš Flajsar replaces Ladislav Burian, who served as the Managing Director from 2010, and who has now moved on to new challenges. Tue, 05 May 2015 12:52:31 GMT Forum 2000 - Registration opens on June 8, 2015 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n390149-Forum-2000-Registration-opens-on-June-8-2015 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n390149-Forum-2000-Registration-opens-on-June-8-2015 The upcoming 19 th annual Forum 2000 Conference entitled “ Democracy, Education and Citizenship ” (working title) will be held September 13–16, 2015 in Prague and other Central European cities. Tue, 05 May 2015 06:42:13 GMT Happy birthday Prague.TV - already 14 years your one stop guide to Prague and Czech Republic http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n364229-Happy-birthday-Prague-TV-already-14-years-your-one-stop-guide-to-Prague-and http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n364229-Happy-birthday-Prague-TV-already-14-years-your-one-stop-guide-to-Prague-and When Todd Benson co-founded Prague.TV over a decade ago, “there was really no info” on local practical matters for English speakers to be found online. “Nobody knew how to read a train schedule, or buy a Metro ticket,” he remembers of his fellow Americans and other foreigners living in Prague. Realizing there was high demand for a comprehensive city guide, the former manager of The Globe Bookstore and Café decided to go in with two friends, and start their own business. Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:21:02 GMT Networking Effectively http://www.jobsin.cz/en/s977/top-menu/c2015-News-Articles/n358305-Networking-Effectively http://www.jobsin.cz/en/s977/top-menu/c2015-News-Articles/n358305-Networking-Effectively Networking for professional purposes has been diluted in its meaning, having become so vague it’s worthy of clarifying the different types of networking as related to your job search efforts. It is wise to identify what kind of networking activity will be an investment with a higher rate of return for your efforts. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:28:47 GMT The American star of the entrepreneurial world - Grant Cardone, comes to Czech Republic http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n355446-The-American-star-of-the-entrepreneurial-world-Grant-Cardone-comes-to-Czech http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n355446-The-American-star-of-the-entrepreneurial-world-Grant-Cardone-comes-to-Czech His engaging and entertaining style of speech attracts and motivates his audience. He teaches how to sell themselves, their products and services. He pushes them to make success their duty, obligation and responsibility. Grant Cardone is respected and recognized entrepreneur, author and speaker, who will visit for the first time ever Czech Republic. Already on April 1st, you can try a taste his legendary messages, and it is a free public webinar. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:44:59 GMT 1, 80 CZK/min to all neighboring countries - international calls getting cheaper! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n331814-1-80-CZK-min-to-all-neighboring-countries-international-calls-getting-cheaper http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n331814-1-80-CZK-min-to-all-neighboring-countries-international-calls-getting-cheaper Confirming its position as the most affordable prepaid operator for local and international calls, OpenCall Mobile is offering a new low rate. Beginning on March 1st, OpenCall Mobile will offer a unique rate of 1.80Kc/min for calls in the Czech Republic and to its neighboring countries: Austria, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:53:47 GMT HN: Young Czechs prefer working for state, Google http://praguemonitor.com/2015/02/09/hn-young-czechs-prefer-working-state-google http://praguemonitor.com/2015/02/09/hn-young-czechs-prefer-working-state-google Young Czechs studying law and sciences prefer working for the state to have peace and welfare, while IT and economic students consider Google the most attractive employer, daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) writes Friday. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:10:22 GMT Encourage students to think for themselves - AAU opens new campus in Prague http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n316254-Encourage-students-to-think-for-themselves-AAU-opens-new-campus-in-Prague http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n316254-Encourage-students-to-think-for-themselves-AAU-opens-new-campus-in-Prague AAU’s new campus officially opens next week when the Spring 2015 semester begins. Administrators decided to move from their previous location on Lázeňská street in order to accommodate the school’s growing student body. Enrollment increased 10 percent in the last year alone. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:16:13 GMT ING Bank moves offices after ten years to start operating at Harfa Office Park http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n314375-ING-Bank-moves-offices-after-ten-years-to-start-operating-at-Harfa-Office-Park http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n314375-ING-Bank-moves-offices-after-ten-years-to-start-operating-at-Harfa-Office-Park At the end of 2014, ING Bank moved offices and newly operates on the premises of the Harfa Office Park, in a dynamically developing Prague area of Vysočany, in the close vicinity of O2 Arena. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:23:26 GMT Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n286332-Merry-Christmas-and-a-Happy-New-Year http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n286332-Merry-Christmas-and-a-Happy-New-Year The team of PragueConnect.cz would like to thank you for a great 2014. In the next few days there will be a more quiet and contemplative time, and we look forward to a relaxing and joyful holiday season with our families and friends. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 09:08:41 GMT The first 21 domestic companies signed the European Diversity Charter http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n279128-The-first-21-domestic-companies-signed-the-European-Diversity-Charter http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n279128-The-first-21-domestic-companies-signed-the-European-Diversity-Charter Diversity Charter as a strategic document where employers can publicly commit to diversity principles was officialy launched in the Czech Republic at the high-level diversity conference together with CEOs and top management representatives, representatives of the government, media and other stakeholders. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:00:21 GMT OpenCall’s elves are handing out Christmas gifts http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n275673-OpenCall-s-elves-are-handing-out-Christmas-gifts http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n275673-OpenCall-s-elves-are-handing-out-Christmas-gifts As a special holiday bonus, OpenCall mobile hands out for Christmas 30 free minutes with every Top up for calls to all networks in the Czech Republic. Don’t wait, call your loved ones and wish them Merry Christmas already today. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:25:20 GMT Happenings at Anglo-American University of Prague http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n274778-Happenings-at-Anglo-American-University-of-Prague http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n274778-Happenings-at-Anglo-American-University-of-Prague The Anglo-American University of Prague, an institution that has provided premium private education for 25 years, is proud to announce that it will move to the Thurn and Taxis Palace by the end of this year. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 03:54:47 GMT Czech MVNO OpenCall runs promotion for new customers http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n271897-Czech-MVNO-OpenCall-runs-promotion-for-new-customers http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n271897-Czech-MVNO-OpenCall-runs-promotion-for-new-customers Czech MVNO OpenCall introduced a promotion for new customers who port their number. The operator will reward both the new customer and a current customer who recommends the new client. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:34:20 GMT Unbelievable. 173 tons of food was collected during National Food Collection 2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n263585-Unbelievable-173-tons-of-food-was-collected-during-National-Food-Collection-2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n263585-Unbelievable-173-tons-of-food-was-collected-during-National-Food-Collection-2014 NL Chamber: On Saturday 22 November, during the National Food Collection was collected a total of 173 tons of food, which is almost three times more than last year. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:05:01 GMT ČPS: Heat from natural gas may compete with heat from coal http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n260380-CPS-Heat-from-natural-gas-may-compete-with-heat-from-coal http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n260380-CPS-Heat-from-natural-gas-may-compete-with-heat-from-coal The preliminary evaluation of the prices of heat energy from over 2,500 sources in 2013 indicates that the average price of 1 GJ of heat reached CZK 556.54 for gas boilers in houses, while supplies from central heating systems with dominant coal sources averaged CZK 559. This was stated in its report by the Czech Gas Union (ČPS), referring to data form the Energy Regulatory Office (ERÚ). Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:58:33 GMT AAA Auto group has new majority owner http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n260379-AAA-Auto-group-has-new-majority-owner http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n260379-AAA-Auto-group-has-new-majority-owner Abris Capital Partners completed the acquisition of the majority stake in used car dealership chain AAA AUTO Group on November 20, 2014. The transaction was approved by the antimonopoly authorities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. The transaction, worth EUR 220m, gave Abris control over ca. 95% of the group. AAA AUTO’s CEO Karolína Topolová has stated that the group wants to focus on its expansion in the coming months, primarily into Poland. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:58:06 GMT Raiffeisenbank posts CZK 1.6bn in net profits in 9M 2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n260378-Raiffeisenbank-posts-CZK-1-6bn-in-net-profits-in-9M-2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n260378-Raiffeisenbank-posts-CZK-1-6bn-in-net-profits-in-9M-2014 Raiffeisenbank posted net profit of CZK 1.6bn for the first nine months of 2014, up 6.5% y/y. Client loan portfolio grew 6.6% to CZK 165.3bn, while client deposits grew 6.5% to CZK 156.1bn. The bank’s capital adequacy totalled 13.6% as of the end of the monitored. Raiffeisenbank’s general director and board of directors chairman Mario Drosc has stated that the y/y increase in net profit was influenced primarily by cost discipline, good control over credit risk and higher interest earnings. On the other hand, the income from fees has dropped, despite higher sales. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:57:36 GMT Analysts: Current account of balance of payments to show about zero balance http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n254969-Analysts-Current-account-of-balance-of-payments-to-show-about-zero-balance http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n254969-Analysts-Current-account-of-balance-of-payments-to-show-about-zero-balance The deficit of the current account of the balance of payments of the Czech Republic reached CZK 21bn in September. The balance of goods and services showed a surplus of CZK 28.5bn. Primary income recorded a deficit of CZK 46.7bn. Primary and secondary income included a deficit of CZK 1.2bn on transfers from the Czech Republic to the EU budget. According to the Czech National Bank, the decrease in the annual current account deficit total has slowed in recent months. KB analyst Viktor Zeisel said that the current account could remain on a level close to zero in 2014. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:13:49 GMT Group ČSOB shows net profit of CZK 10.5bn in nine months http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n254968-Group-CSOB-shows-net-profit-of-CZK-10-5bn-in-nine-months http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n254968-Group-CSOB-shows-net-profit-of-CZK-10-5bn-in-nine-months A net profit recorded by the financial group ČSOB decreased by 2% y/y to CZK 10.5bn in a period from January to September 2014. Its loan portfolio increased by 7% to CZK 462bn. The volume of deposits increased by 8% to CZK 573bn. Operating income decreased by 1% to CZK 23.5bn. The Tier 1 indicator in accordance with Basel III reached 17.7%. According to ČSOB CEO John Hollows, the group managed to compensate the negative impact of low interest rate environment by strong growth of business volumes across all segments. On the other hand, operating expenses slightly grew due to investments in ICT and staff. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:07:13 GMT 7th Annual IBF Christmas Party 12.12.2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i3131-7th-Annual-IBF-Christmas-Party-12-12-2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i3131-7th-Annual-IBF-Christmas-Party-12-12-2014 The IBF is pleased to invite you to the 7th Annual Christmas Party , taking place on Friday, 12th December at the Augustine Hotel Prague . Following along the lines of previous years, this gala evening will feature a wonderful three-course meal, dancing, entertainment and revelry. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:52:40 GMT 2014 CANZA Charity Ball http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i3098-2014-CANZA-Charity-Ball http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i3098-2014-CANZA-Charity-Ball At this stage, this is just a 'Save the Date' announcement. We'll be adding a lot more detail over the weeks ahead. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:59:12 GMT VÖT / MSD VIP Hockey Night: HC Sparta Prag vs. Třinec – 30.11.2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i3051-VOT-MSD-VIP-Hockey-Night-HC-Sparta-Prag-vs-Trinec-–-30-11 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i3051-VOT-MSD-VIP-Hockey-Night-HC-Sparta-Prag-vs-Trinec-–-30-11 Die Vereinigung der Österreicher in Tschechien (VÖT) in Zusammenarbeit mit ManSprichtDeutsch.cz / Prager Runde veranstalten einen VIP Abend in der Harley Davidson VIP Loge des HC Sparta Prags. Am 30. November 2014 empfängt der HC Sparta Prag die Mannschaft aus Třinec. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:57:37 GMT International Christmas Festival der Diplomatic Spouses Association (DSA) http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i3069-International-Christmas-Festival-der-Diplomatic-Spouses http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i3069-International-Christmas-Festival-der-Diplomatic-Spouses The International Christmas Festival is a prestigious annual event organised and coordinated by the DSA. This year, The Congress Hall of the Hilton Hotel will be once again the venue of this vibrant and important fundraising occasion that will be opened by Mrs. Zemanova, the patron of this DSA activity. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:56:53 GMT Tri- Culture http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n231482-Tri-Culture http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n231482-Tri-Culture My 14 years in the Czech Republic has made me aware of how important it is to get to know different cultures in today’s world. I have had the privilege of living in different places in Asia, US, and Europe both as an expat’s wife and working myself as well. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:26:59 GMT PRINSJESDAG 2014 - Pictures out now! http://www.nlchamber.cz/kalendar-prinsjesdag-2014.html http://www.nlchamber.cz/kalendar-prinsjesdag-2014.html Pictures of the Netherlands-Czech Chamber of Commerce PRINSJESDAG 2014 are now online! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:18:21 GMT OpenCall has lowered the prices of data packages, calls and messaging inside the network by 34% http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n213449-OpenCall-has-lowered-the-prices-of-data-packages-calls-and-messaging-inside-the http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n213449-OpenCall-has-lowered-the-prices-of-data-packages-calls-and-messaging-inside-the With the approaching autumn, virtual operator OpenCall mobile is rewarding its customers with pleasant lowering of prices of data packages – from the middle of September, the owners of pre-paid OpenCall SIM cards can take advantage of the mobile internet with prices lower by 34%. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:55:07 GMT FORUM 2000 CONFERENCE - Registration Reminder http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n211519-FORUM-2000-CONFERENCE-Registration-Reminder http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n211519-FORUM-2000-CONFERENCE-Registration-Reminder We would like to remind you that there are only two weeks left to register for the 18th annual Forum 2000 Conference titled “Democracy and Its Discontents: A Quarter-Century After the Iron Curtain and Tiananmen,” which will be held October 12–15, 2014 in Prague and other Central European cities. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:25:58 GMT Get your opinion published - PragueConnect.cz http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n193004-Get-your-opinion-published-PragueConnect-cz http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n193004-Get-your-opinion-published-PragueConnect-cz If you are looking for a platform to share your opinion with other business professionals around you, PragueConnect.cz is the place to publish your articles! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:38:40 GMT OpenCall mobile gives away FREE SIM cards! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n184410-OpenCall-mobile-gives-away-FREE-SIM-cards http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n184410-OpenCall-mobile-gives-away-FREE-SIM-cards Calling home has never been so cheap or simple! OpenCall mobile offer the cheapest calls within the Czech Republic and internationally. We are the only pre-paid SIM card company which is focused on expats and their need for cheap and simple SIM cards with no commitments or contracts. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:04:05 GMT Prague Pride 2014 will offer over 100 events and an opportunity to support the LGBT community from the East http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n181365-Prague-Pride-2014-will-offer-over-100-events-and-an-opportunity-to-support-the http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n181365-Prague-Pride-2014-will-offer-over-100-events-and-an-opportunity-to-support-the A total of 117 cultural, social, sport and other Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender themed events will make the 4th Annual Prague Pride Festival taking place 11 - 17th August, 2014. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 19:30:08 GMT Generali CEE Cup 2014 tournament kicks off on 23 July http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n167688-Generali-CEE-Cup-2014-tournament-kicks-off-on-23-July http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n167688-Generali-CEE-Cup-2014-tournament-kicks-off-on-23-July My vision is that the Generali CEE Cup will become an annual sporting event in Prague and in ten years’ time I want to see the tournament become a must-attend event in the football season – for clubs, agents and scouts Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:41:08 GMT Bespoke tailor opens new shop in Vinohrady http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n152140-Bespoke-tailor-opens-new-shop-in-Vinohrady http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n152140-Bespoke-tailor-opens-new-shop-in-Vinohrady An expat who moved to Prague almost 20 years ago to provide a bespoke tailoring service has recently opened a new space in the heart of Vinohrady. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:26:16 GMT Prague Pride 2014 to support gays and lesbians from the East http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n151751-Prague-Pride-2014-to-support-gays-and-lesbians-from-the-East http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n151751-Prague-Pride-2014-to-support-gays-and-lesbians-from-the-East The 4th edition of the Prague Pride festival will take place from Monday 11 until Sunday 17 August, with the Parade and main concert & outdoor party on Saturday 16 August. The main theme will focus on Prague being a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:28:31 GMT Common Sense Wisdom trilogy, Volume III by Pepper de Callier - Out Now! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n151653-Common-Sense-Wisdom-trilogy-Volume-III-by-Pepper-de-Callier-Out-Now http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n151653-Common-Sense-Wisdom-trilogy-Volume-III-by-Pepper-de-Callier-Out-Now We are pleased to announce the release of the final volume of the Common Sense Wisdom trilogy, Volume III, The Physics of Life , by Pepper de Callier, which is now available at all Neoluxor bookstores . In Pepper’s words, “Volume three ties the series together with insights, humor, and practical advice for those who strive for excellence and fulfillment in their professional and personal lives.” Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:35:53 GMT Fifth annual TEDxPrague conference hits the capital http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n145257-Fifth-annual-TEDxPrague-conference-hits-the-capital http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n145257-Fifth-annual-TEDxPrague-conference-hits-the-capital On 21 June 2014 the fifth TEDxPrague, the Czech Republic’s version of the popular and global TED (Technology/Entertainment/Design) conference, took place at the city’s historic Hybernia Theatre. Around eight hundred people attended the event to listen to inspirational talks from speakers that included Marian Jelinek, the trainer and personal coach behind Czech ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr, scientist and philosopher Ivan Havel and artist Vendula Chalánková Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:39:40 GMT TEDxPrague 2014: The registrations are closing on Friday 13th! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n135138-TEDxPrague-2014-The-registrations-are-closing-on-Friday-13th http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n135138-TEDxPrague-2014-The-registrations-are-closing-on-Friday-13th Do you want to: experience TED-like all-day conference in Prague ? Meet all of the amazing speakers of this year? Experience networking with 800 people at luxury place at Hybernia Theater?  Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:10:06 GMT Begin the summer holidays at the international Argentine Diplomats Polo Cup - Prague http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n131812-Begin-the-summer-holidays-at-the-international-Argentine-Diplomats-Polo-Cup http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n131812-Begin-the-summer-holidays-at-the-international-Argentine-Diplomats-Polo-Cup The ‘Argentine Diplomats Polo Cup – Prague’, is the first ever international polo tournament organized under the auspices of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in the Czech Republic as well as the City of Prague, and will take place in the Czech capital from Thursday, 26th June, to Saturday, 28th June. The event is open to the general public, especially to families who can look forward to a rich programme and entertainment. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:37:21 GMT Tomio Okamura: the most dangerous man in the Czech Republic? http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n126507-Tomio-Okamura-the-most-dangerous-man-in-the-Czech-Republic http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n126507-Tomio-Okamura-the-most-dangerous-man-in-the-Czech-Republic Born in Tokyo to a Czech mother and a Japanese-Korean father, Okamura’s life story is a rags-to-riches tale that’s seen him go from a north Bohemia children’s home to become a successful, self-made businessman. Mon, 26 May 2014 05:47:22 GMT Language Recruitment Fair, Prague , 24th May 2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n112510-Language-Recruitment-Fair-Prague-24th-May-2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n112510-Language-Recruitment-Fair-Prague-24th-May-2014 Bilingual People returns to Prague on the 24 th May to host its annual International Language Recruitment Fair dedicated to the Central Eastern Europe Region. Fri, 02 May 2014 09:00:40 GMT One Day Without Shoes http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n110395-One-Day-Without-Shoes http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n110395-One-Day-Without-Shoes On the 29th of April, a barefoot march will be held in Prague, starting at 4pm at Žofín island and marching along the embankment, whilst filming a special music video, to Bajkazyl at Náplavka. Featuring musicians like Honza Muchow, Tata Bojs, Please The Trees, Elpida and Charlie One, it promises to be a great event. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:13:10 GMT Prague will celebrate the first Dutch Kingsday in style on 25.4.2014! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n107878-Prague-will-celebrate-the-first-Dutch-Kingsday-in-style-on-25-4-2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n107878-Prague-will-celebrate-the-first-Dutch-Kingsday-in-style-on-25-4-2014 Octoberfest, St. Patricks day and Halloween. People know all of them. But what do you know about the Dutch Kingsday (formerly Queensday)? Its the day were the whole Dutch nation celebrates the birthday of the King, dresses up in orange, parties outside on the streets, dances, sings and has a great time. Its not only being celebrated in the Netherlands itself but all over the world. This year you can experience it yourself, right here in Prague on Friday 25.4 and we are sure you will love it. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:45:56 GMT Opencall Mobile is ready to open its first retail store in Prague! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n104692-Opencall-Mobile-is-ready-to-open-its-first-retail-store-in-Prague http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n104692-Opencall-Mobile-is-ready-to-open-its-first-retail-store-in-Prague Revolution in Revoluční street Prague – from 14th of April till the 18th of April 2014, OpenCall Mobile will be the first virtual mobile operator in Czech Republic to open its own retail store. The main focus of its first flag store is mainly distribution of its own SIM cards and direct contact with its customers to increase the quality of the service provided. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:56:19 GMT Prague College announces the inauguration of its new "Advisory Board" http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n103669-Prague-College-announces-the-inauguration-of-its-new-Advisory-Board http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n103669-Prague-College-announces-the-inauguration-of-its-new-Advisory-Board Prague College, one of Prague’s most prominent English-language universities, announces today the inauguration of its new Advisory Board, a small group of independent, international, and highly experienced educational and industry professionals who have agreed to lend some of their time and expertise to support the College. The purpose of the Board is to advise on the academic and institutional strategy that underpins plans for the College’s ongoing development. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:03:36 GMT Global Challenges, Dutch Innovations http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n102235-Global-Challenges-Dutch-Innovations http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n102235-Global-Challenges-Dutch-Innovations TED talks, for those who don’t know, are the bringing together of the world’s greatest and most innovative minds in order to share their ideas with a larger audience and hopefully make their ideas a reality. Since 2006, TED talks have been available online for the whole world to view and perhaps open their minds to new and innovative ideas. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:17:50 GMT InterNations Recommended Expat Media: Prague Monitor http://www.internations.org/czech-republic-expats/guide/recommended-media-czech-republic-17051/prague-monitor-2 http://www.internations.org/czech-republic-expats/guide/recommended-media-czech-republic-17051/prague-monitor-2 InterNations Recommended Expat Media: Prague Monitor (a Prague.TV product) - Presenting the latest news from around Prague and the Czech Republic to the growing international community since 2003! Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:41:02 GMT Prague.TV turned 13 – celebrate with us! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n100323-Prague-TV-turned-13-celebrate-with-us http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n100323-Prague-TV-turned-13-celebrate-with-us Prague.TV, Prague’s leading english language cityguide celebrates its 13th birthday. At this moment we would like to say a big thank you to all our clients, supporters and our employees and already looking forward to another succesfull 13 years in this beautifull town Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:54:15 GMT CapitalConnect.eu goes Middle East! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n100321-CapitalConnect-eu-goes-Middle-East http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n100321-CapitalConnect-eu-goes-Middle-East April 2014, Prague: DubaiConnect.ae ( www.dubaiconnect.ae ) successfully launched. After a couple of weeks testing, CapitalConnect.eu is happy to announce the official start of it’s service in Dubai! To make its final step to full service, the company is looking intensive for a partner to give it the needed local touch. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:34:11 GMT Congratulations to Andrej Kiska http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n98804-Congratulations-to-Andrej-Kiska http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n98804-Congratulations-to-Andrej-Kiska Congratulations to Andrej Kiska for being the new Slovak President - CapitalConnect.sk - Bratislava Connect is happy, that we had such a great person at our Bratislava event nearly one year ago... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:55:12 GMT 4th Annual International Jobs Fair http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n97390-4th-Annual-International-Jobs-Fair http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n97390-4th-Annual-International-Jobs-Fair The Jobs Expo 2014 is upon us once more- starting today, 27/03/2014 and going on until tomorrow (28 th ) thousands of potential job candidates will pass through the Prague Exhibition Grounds in order to find their dream job, whether they are unemployed or just looking for something better. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:13:18 GMT InterNations: Social Networking for Expats and Global Minds http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n88852-InterNations-Social-Networking-for-Expats-and-Global-Minds http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n88852-InterNations-Social-Networking-for-Expats-and-Global-Minds An interview with Jana Kolarikova, InterNations' ambassador for Prague -  Jana Kolarikova is one of InterNations’ ambassadors based in Prague, and despite being born and raised in the Czech Republic, her experience living abroad in the US and UK has given her an insight into being an expat both in foreign countries and her own country. Now working in Prague again, Jana agreed to tell me a bit more about InterNations and the service it performs for expats. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:35:51 GMT OpenCall mobile opens first pre-paid SIM card retail outlet http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n88234-OpenCall-mobile-opens-first-pre-paid-SIM-card-retail-outlet http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n88234-OpenCall-mobile-opens-first-pre-paid-SIM-card-retail-outlet Mobile Virtual Network Operator OpenCall mobile have just opened their first retail store at Revoluční 1246/22 in Prague, making the transition from virtual to reality. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 06:59:04 GMT EU Partnership Agreement with CR: a long way off http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n74954-EU-Partnership-Agreement-with-CR-a-long-way-off http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n74954-EU-Partnership-Agreement-with-CR-a-long-way-off It results from a meeting of the Ministry of Regional Development (MMR) and the European Commission (EC) officials. According to the MMR Deputy Minister Daniel Braun, the Partnership Agreement, i.e. the condition for European funds drawing, should be signed by this summer. In 2014-2020, European money will be redistributed through eight operational programmes; their technical proposals are being discussed by the EC officials and MMR now. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:19:28 GMT OpenCall management flunks maths - Launches 'mad' mobile product http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n72338-OpenCall-management-flunks-maths-Launches-mad-mobile-product http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n72338-OpenCall-management-flunks-maths-Launches-mad-mobile-product 23rd January 2014 | Prague, Czech Republic Has mobile operator OpenCall lost its mind? Launching today, OpenCall is practically giving away free SIM cards + 400 kc pre-paid credit, all for the miserly sum of 200 kc. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:05:36 GMT CEE Multilingual Virtual Career Fair 2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n70489-CEE-Multilingual-Virtual-Career-Fair-2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n70489-CEE-Multilingual-Virtual-Career-Fair-2014 Bilingual People will kick start 2014 with the CEE Multilingual Virtual Career Fair to take place ONLINE on 6th March. This event will be solely focused on the Central Eastern Europe region, giving the opportunity for candidates with language skills to engage with a large number of companies and interact with them from the comfort of their own home. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:30:31 GMT Tens of people to leave state firm supervisory boards http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n68591-Tens-of-people-to-leave-state-firm-supervisory-boards http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n68591-Tens-of-people-to-leave-state-firm-supervisory-boards During January and February, 19 persons are to leave top posts in Čepro, Termal Hotel in Karlovy Vary, oil pipeline owner Mero, and explosive manufacturer Explosia. During spring, the number of members of supervisory boards of the Czech Export Bank, EGAP insurance company, and ČEZ, the biggest energy company, is to be reduced. Finance Minister in resignation Jan Fischer's plan starts being implemented. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:03:36 GMT Public contracts volume fell by 10 percent in 2013 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n68590-Public-contracts-volume-fell-by-10-percent-in-2013 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n68590-Public-contracts-volume-fell-by-10-percent-in-2013 During 11 months in 2013, firms were awarded public contracts by the state worth CZK 218.5bn in total, i.e. 11.9% less in a year-on-year comparison. If the impact of Public Procurement Law amendment from April 2012 was ignored, the drop would be even higher, 14.9%. Tender prices also decreased in 2013 while the difference between expected and final prices increased considerably. The latest figures indicate that, compared to expected values, realization prices were 26% lower on average. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:02:46 GMT PragueConnect.cz News and Updates 14.01.2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n68159-PragueConnect-cz-News-and-Updates-14-01-2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n68159-PragueConnect-cz-News-and-Updates-14-01-2014 We hope you all had a good start into 2014. PragueConnect.cz and its team is back and ready for our new challenges and new upcoming projects of the year. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:26:44 GMT Changes in the Business Register become slower http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n67647-Changes-in-the-Business-Register-become-slower http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n67647-Changes-in-the-Business-Register-become-slower The Ministry of Justice is facing issues with the so-called intelligent forms used to make entries in the Business Register. For the reason of legislative changes, this way has been the only option since January how entrepreneurs may edit the content. However, the new systém was put in operation on 6th January and is now running only in temporary mode which is to last for several months. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 05:06:41 GMT Budějovický Budvar brews a beer record http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n66139-Budejovicky-Budvar-brews-a-beer-record http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n66139-Budejovicky-Budvar-brews-a-beer-record Ceske Budejovice, Jan 8 (CTK) - Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar produced 1.424 million hectolitres of beer in 2013, a year-on-year growth of 6.2 percent and the highest volume in its 118-year history, the company's spokesman Petr Samec has told CTK. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 06:42:50 GMT Great day for CapitalConnect - DubaiConnect.ae is online! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n65304-Great-day-for-CapitalConnect-DubaiConnect-ae-is-online http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n65304-Great-day-for-CapitalConnect-DubaiConnect-ae-is-online We are happy to announce the successful launch of a new Connect web portal - from today we are serving also the Dubai Expats Business World! Have a business in Dubai, looking for contacts? Enjoy our service now also available in Dubai UAE! Tue, 07 Jan 2014 05:19:24 GMT CapitalConnect.pl - Warsaw Connect - our next stop along the CEE region ... http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n61268-CapitalConnect-pl-Warsaw-Connect-our-next-stop-along-the-CEE-region http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n61268-CapitalConnect-pl-Warsaw-Connect-our-next-stop-along-the-CEE-region So after Prague we will start to focus now on Warsaw... building at the moment infrastructure for www.CapitalConnect.pl , we are looking for a local person who is well connected to Warsaw's Expats Business World .... interested in working/cooperating with us? Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:19:48 GMT VIP HOCKEY MATCH & Networking 05.01.2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i2524-VIP-HOCKEY-MATCH-Networking-05-01-2014 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i2524-VIP-HOCKEY-MATCH-Networking-05-01-2014 Join us for another great hockey night at HC Sparta Stadium viewing the match in the Harley Davidson VIP box incl. beer, dinner and a raffle among the guests ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:26:59 GMT The Big Christmas Party and VIP Hockey Night! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n56976-The-Big-Christmas-Party-and-VIP-Hockey-Night http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n56976-The-Big-Christmas-Party-and-VIP-Hockey-Night Christmas is all around by now, some like it more some less… We from PragueConnect.cz cant wait, specially for our joint BIG Christmas Wonderland Party with Stone & Leather…. 17.12.2013! Tue, 17 Dec 2013 07:00:45 GMT Government to support areas with higher unemployment http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n51419-Government-to-support-areas-with-higher-unemployment http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n51419-Government-to-support-areas-with-higher-unemployment Investors in districts with unemployment higher than the national average by half could now get four times higher state support. The financial incentive is to increase from the current CZK 50k per position to CZK 200k. This is envisaged by the proposal of the Labour Ministry which will be discussed by the Government. Keeping the job for five years will remain a condition. Average return on investment, as the ministry claims, is 20 months. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 06:32:34 GMT Brussels to assess eco-friendly public transport subsidies http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n51418-Brussels-to-assess-eco-friendly-public-transport-subsidies http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n51418-Brussels-to-assess-eco-friendly-public-transport-subsidies The Ministry of the Environment would like get up to CZK 1b to acquire new buses running on natural gas and electricity which Ostrava, Ústí nad Labem, and Brno want to purchase. The request, however, must be approved first by the European Commission. If that happens next week, the budget of the Environment operational programme will be increased. Primarily natural gas should be supported in the next EU budget period. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 06:32:01 GMT National Museum restoration may be CZK 1bn cheaper http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n50698-National-Museum-restoration-may-be-CZK-1bn-cheaper http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n50698-National-Museum-restoration-may-be-CZK-1bn-cheaper The price has been defined as the only criterion for evaluation of bids for reconstruction of the National Museum historical building. After opening envelopes, the tender committee found out that reconstruction may be done much cheaper compared to the original project estimates. Instead of the original CZK 2.4bn, Strabag offers to perform work for CZK 1.15bn; the second lowest bid of CZK 1.35bn is from Metrostav. If the committee finds the bids suspicious, explanation may be requested. Sun, 01 Dec 2013 09:46:49 GMT OpenCall aims to attract the Russian speaking community by launching its new OpenCall ДОМ tariff http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n50365-OpenCall-aims-to-attract-the-Russian-speaking-community-by-launching-its-new http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n50365-OpenCall-aims-to-attract-the-Russian-speaking-community-by-launching-its-new Prague, 28th November, 2013: Following on from the recent launch of its ‘OpenCall Africa’ tariff, OpenCall, the new low-cost, prepaid GSM operator launched on the Czech market by DH Telecom in September this year, introduces its new ‘OpenCall ДОМ’ (Home) tariff targeting the Russian-speaking community living in the Czech Republic. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 07:43:04 GMT Ex-MPs Fuksa and Vondra dismissed from Aeroholding http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n49266-Ex-MPs-Fuksa-and-Vondra-dismissed-from-Aeroholding http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n49266-Ex-MPs-Fuksa-and-Vondra-dismissed-from-Aeroholding Former Minister of Agriculture and rebellious ODS MP Ivan Fuksa will leave the Czech Aeroholding Board by 30th November, where he was in charge of strategy and development. The Supervisory Board of the corporation will say goodbye to politicians Alexandr Vondra of ODS and Jiří Blažek of TOP 09. All were dismissed by the Ministry of Finance, the major shareholder of Aeroholding. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:35:01 GMT Central procurement made Defence software dearer http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n49265-Central-procurement-made-Defence-software-dearer http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n49265-Central-procurement-made-Defence-software-dearer The Defence Ministry will pay CZK 362m in the next three years for Microsoft software licences. For the past three years it paid only CZK 72m. This time, the Ministry used a framework contract for central procurement of licenses concluded by the Interior Ministry in 2009. The Defence Ministry blames the increase on system upgrades. But experts wonder about the price and the number of purchased licenses, pointing out that the system will be upgraded in other offices soon. For using free software systems the entire state administration would have to agree on it. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:34:29 GMT Prague.TV Weekly http://paper.li/maxldelpraha/1384675943 http://paper.li/maxldelpraha/1384675943 Togther with Prague TV and the Prague Daily Monitor we trying a new way to get you a weekly update without spamming your inbox - sign up now for our new "Prague.TV Weekly" with paper.li (still a BETA version) - a weekly summarize of our news and activities of our close partners... any feedback is welcome to see if this is a service you would like to move forward! Sun, 17 Nov 2013 18:40:02 GMT NKÚ examines rents paid by state institutions http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n45997-NKU-examines-rents-paid-by-state-institutions http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n45997-NKU-examines-rents-paid-by-state-institutions In the first November week, the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) started examining rents paid by state institutions and firms. Investigations, aimed at reducing the total state costs of real estate lease, is to be completed in April 2014. Until recently, NKÚ was criticized for paying exceeding rent for headquarters in Holešovice, Prague. According to a new contract, its annual payments decreased from CZK 78 million to CZK 17 million. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:55:31 GMT Army continues selling off its assets http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n45765-Army-continues-selling-off-its-assets http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n45765-Army-continues-selling-off-its-assets By the end of 2013 the army would like to sell off around fifty properties, which should bring around half a billion CZK. By the end of October, it has already disposed of unnecessary assets worth over a billion CZK. The Ministry of Defence also plans privatisation of the second largest military firm – a military repair plant VOP CZ where nowadays civil sector revenues already represent 95 percent. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 07:04:50 GMT Managers twist information about state firms http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n45764-Managers-twist-information-about-state-firms http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n45764-Managers-twist-information-about-state-firms According to the Security Information Service (BIS), the number of state-firm managers who conceal real financial management status from Supervisory Boards is increasing. Some state decisions are thus based on misleading information. Minister of Finance Jan Fischer therefore created a working group to present the first draft of a possible solution by the middle of November. However, better control may be implemented by his successor-to-be. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 07:04:12 GMT The digital transformation and growth of emerging markets http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n45168-The-digital-transformation-and-growth-of-emerging-markets http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n45168-The-digital-transformation-and-growth-of-emerging-markets Technology and economic growth are inextricably linked. Emerging markets like South Korea, China, or India are increasing their demand for technology to fuel growth, and Western markets are seeking new ways to optimize processes digitally and drive innovation. The economic conditions have hastened the adoption of key technologies—mobility, cloud computing, business intelligence and use of Big Data, and even social media. These are transforming businesses and industries, driving education and training, efficient use of capital and resources, as well as consumer income and demand, sparking a new wave of wealth creation, particularly in the emerging world. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 05:28:01 GMT Non-voters elect the most and fail to show the middle finger (By Tomáš Sedláček) http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n45045-Non-voters-elect-the-most-and-fail-to-show-the-middle-finger-By-Tomas-Sedlacek http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n45045-Non-voters-elect-the-most-and-fail-to-show-the-middle-finger-By-Tomas-Sedlacek The fact that our country has a broken leg does not mean we conceive hatred for her. The fact that we are disappointed in politics does not mean that we do not have the opportunity to express our opinions. Those who do not vote elect the most. They may feel by not voting they are showing the middle finger to politicians , but actually they do the opposite. Not voting does not send a message to anyone, except the message of being happy with everything, so they see no point in going to the election . Mon, 04 Nov 2013 06:21:06 GMT Elections: That’s on the menu http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n44310-Elections-That-s-on-the-menu http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n44310-Elections-That-s-on-the-menu With at least twenty parties looking to win seats, it’s a hard slog looking through all their different policies. Quite a few overlap, especially when nearly every one mentions they are against corruption (which, until the past year would have been obvious anyway). From the main contenders to the bizarre, what follows is a breakdown of the parties Czech people will and won’t be voting for this weekend. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 06:22:45 GMT DH Telecom a.s. appoints Zdenek Muller as its new Wholesale Director http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n44232-DH-Telecom-a-s-appoints-Zdenek-Muller-as-its-new-Wholesale-Director http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n44232-DH-Telecom-a-s-appoints-Zdenek-Muller-as-its-new-Wholesale-Director Prague, 24th October, 2013 : DH Telecom, a fully fledged virtual mobile services aggregator (MVNA) providing unbranded MVNO services for wholesale customers who want to enter the market under their own name or trademark (brand), announced today the appointment of Zdenek Muller as its Wholesale Director. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:57:11 GMT Elections: Forward to the past? http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n44212-Elections-Forward-to-the-past http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n44212-Elections-Forward-to-the-past At stake are 200 seats in the Chamber of Deputies (Czech Parliament), including the position as Prime Minister and Head of Government. Many people are hoping this will finally put an end to the political instability the country has recently been experiencing. The results are sure to be interesting but there are also fears that in a way history could be about to repeat itself. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:20:00 GMT Management Buyout of Gardiner & Theobald’s CEE Practice results in a new company, Sentient, being formed http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n43633-Management-Buyout-of-Gardiner-Theobald-s-CEE-Practice-results-in-a-new-company http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n43633-Management-Buyout-of-Gardiner-Theobald-s-CEE-Practice-results-in-a-new-company Prague, October 2013: Martin Scheuch, co-owner and Country Partner of Sentient Czech and Slovak Republics, today announced the formation of one of Central and Eastern Europe’s largest independent construction consultancies with offices throughout the region.  The new company follows the management buy-out of Gardiner & Theobald’s Central & East European group of companies and is a result, and confirmation of, global trends and changes in the real estate consultancy industry. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:48:46 GMT Business Savvy with an MBA - 10 Reasons to Go to Business School http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n43538-Business-Savvy-with-an-MBA-10-Reasons-to-Go-to-Business-School http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n43538-Business-Savvy-with-an-MBA-10-Reasons-to-Go-to-Business-School Joining an MBA programme is often a spur-of-the-moment decision. Students tend to apply as a life-changing urge, rather than as part of a well-thought out career plan. If you are still undecided but feel that an MBA might be the right path to follow, here are ten good reasons why you should pick up that GMAT textbook now. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:57:05 GMT The Aspen Institute Prague Annual Conference - Register Now! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i2400-The-Aspen-Institute-Prague-Annual-Conference http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i2400-The-Aspen-Institute-Prague-Annual-Conference The Aspen Institute Prague together with PRK Partners, attorneys at law , will hold the annual conference “ Overcoming Barriers to Growth ” on October 9 – 10. The event commemorates twenty years of the independent Czech Republic and debates the future of the transatlantic marketplace. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:09:19 GMT OpenCall Mobile becomes the first operator to offer same rates to call in Czech Republic and Slovakia http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n42219-OpenCall-Mobile-becomes-the-first-operator-to-offer-same-rates-to-call-in-Czech http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n42219-OpenCall-Mobile-becomes-the-first-operator-to-offer-same-rates-to-call-in-Czech OpenCall, the new low-cost prepaid GSM operator that was recently launched by DH Telecom, has announced today its new lower pricing for calls to Slovakia, which will align with the rates of local calls. OpenCall is the first operator on the Czech market that has taken the next step and leveled the pricing of calls within the Czech Republic with calls abroad. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 08:11:31 GMT IWAP members are currently organizing their fourth annual Charity Christmas Market http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n42218-IWAP-members-are-currently-organizing-their-fourth-annual-Charity-Christmas http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n42218-IWAP-members-are-currently-organizing-their-fourth-annual-Charity-Christmas The International Women's Association of Prague (IWAP) is an independent, non-political, non-profit organization voluntarily run by its members. IWAP welcomes all women who live in the Czech Republic and aims to promote friendship and support as well as organize social and cultural events for its members in addition to raising funds for selected Czech charities. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 07:38:47 GMT PBLN The Leadership Series: “Gender balance: What is it? Is it more than just a social movement?” http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n41748-PBLN-The-Leadership-Series-Gender-balance-What-is-it-Is-it-more-than-just-a http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n41748-PBLN-The-Leadership-Series-Gender-balance-What-is-it-Is-it-more-than-just-a On Monday night at Hotel Le Palais four of the top business leaders in the Czech Republic and Slovakia came together to discuss gender balance in their respective industries. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:57:28 GMT Cloud 9 Sky Bar Summer Terrace Party . Thursday 5th July . Hilton Hotel Prague http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i503-Cloud-9-Sky-Bar-Summer-Terrace-Party-Thursday-5th-July http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i503-Cloud-9-Sky-Bar-Summer-Terrace-Party-Thursday-5th-July In co-operation with CANZA and the Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge at the rooftop of the Hilton Hotel Prague, we would like to invite you to another amazing outdoor terrace barbecue party with speciality wine cocktails. Party in the sky this summer with Club Vivanova ! Mon, 18 Jun 2012 07:28:01 GMT 3 tickets left - take your last chance to be part of our next event! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i486-The-Leadership-Series-In-depth-Discussions-with-the-Leaders http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i486-The-Leadership-Series-In-depth-Discussions-with-the-Leaders Are you interested in Business Networking at the highest level? Do you enjoy top locations combined with fantastic food and expertly selected wines? Then you will not want to miss this series of events. Prague Leadership Institute and Prague Business Leaders Networking 2012 are happy to invite you to our premier event on the 26th of June 2012, at Kempinski Hotel Hybernska Prague. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 07:26:27 GMT PragueConnect.cz News 12.06.2012 - Leaders Who are Defining the Future! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n12963-PragueConnect-cz-News-12-06-2012-Leaders-Who-are-Defining-the-Future http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n12963-PragueConnect-cz-News-12-06-2012-Leaders-Who-are-Defining-the-Future Prague is still a very special place for business and life in Europe, the economic woes effecting many other countries such as Greece and Spain have yet to have a major impact here although, we should prepare for more challenges ahead. Corruption cases have been big in the news again recently. While this is of course, a negative topic for doing business in the Czech Republic, it is encouraging at least that the issue of corruption is being challenged and people are being held to account for their actions. We hope also that in some small way, growing business communities like PragueConnect.cz can have a positive impact in promoting transparent and fair partnerships between professionals. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 06:11:29 GMT Spam emails on CapitalConnect / PragueConnect.cz http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n12732-Spam-emails-on-CapitalConnect-PragueConnect-cz http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n12732-Spam-emails-on-CapitalConnect-PragueConnect-cz Dear All, thanks a lot for reporting some spam emails the last couple of days on our service. 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Our model is already succesful up and running in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic ( http://www.pragueconnect.cz ) Sun, 03 Jun 2012 07:56:31 GMT Sundial Garden Gourmet Grill and Wine Degustation in Prague Rocco Forte Augustine Hotel http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i490-Sundial-Garden-Gourmet-Grill-and-Wine-Degustation-in-Prague http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i490-Sundial-Garden-Gourmet-Grill-and-Wine-Degustation-in-Prague You are invited to an exclusive gourmet grill evening in the private Sundial Garden at one of Prague’s finest five star hotels, the Rocco Forte Augustine with Executive Chef Miroslav Grusz. The Sundial Garden is adjacent to the Augustinian Monastery at the secluded courtyard terrace of the hotel. A special open-air banqueting soiree for fifty people will be prepared, where attendees will be wined and dined by the Executive Chef grilling at our tableside and New World wine professional Bradley Mitton , who will guide attendees through the tasting of four excellent New World wines. Mon, 28 May 2012 05:47:43 GMT Czech investor Jiri Smejc swaps PPF stake for Nomos, Piraeus http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/18/ppf-idUSL5E8GIG6I20120518 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/18/ppf-idUSL5E8GIG6I20120518 (Reuters) - Privately-held Czech financial group PPF said on Friday shareholder Jiri Smejc had sold his 5 percent stake in the group as well as stakes in PPF's banking assets. Mon, 21 May 2012 07:19:55 GMT Free Company listings with PragueConnect.cz http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s521/Business/c1772-Business-Directory http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s521/Business/c1772-Business-Directory PragueConnect.cz is providing resources for English speaking Business Professionals living in, visiting, or interested in Prague and Czech Republic. Browse the PragueConnect.cz local list of companies to find what you are looking for with an easy dropdown menu by category. Submit your business to the Prague Business Directory. We offer free company listings. Contact us today and list your company with us! (our business directory is also mirrored on the Prague Daily Monitor – www.praguemonitor.com Mon, 21 May 2012 07:17:24 GMT Rath says his arrest is a police trap http://praguemonitor.com/2012/05/18/rath-calls-his-arrest-police-trap http://praguemonitor.com/2012/05/18/rath-calls-his-arrest-police-trap Prague, May 17 (CTK) - MP and former regional governor David Rath, who faces corruption charges, believes that he has fallen into a police trap and that his case has a political core, he says in a statement his defence counsel Adam Cerny gave to CTK yesterday. Sun, 20 May 2012 18:48:39 GMT Leadership: In-depth Discussions with the Leaders Who are Defining the Future - Moderated by Pepper de Callier http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i486-Leadership-In-depth-Discussions-with-the-Leaders-Who-are http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i486-Leadership-In-depth-Discussions-with-the-Leaders-Who-are Prague Leadership Institute and Prague Business Leaders Networking 2012 are proud to present a series of premium Business Networking events in Prague. On a quarterly basis, in a highly interactive format, the most influential leaders in the Czech Republic and Central and Eastern Europe will share their thoughts on the issues and opportunities facing us in the 21 st century. Sun, 20 May 2012 16:59:14 GMT Czech Premier Sees Euro Adoption in 2020 at Earliest, CTK Says http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-09/czech-premier-sees-euro-adoption-in-2020-at-earliest-ctk-says.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-09/czech-premier-sees-euro-adoption-in-2020-at-earliest-ctk-says.html (Bloomberg) The Czech Republic may adopt the euro in eight to 10 years at the earliest, the CTK newswire reported, citing Prime Minister Petr Necas. Necas’s government has refused to set a target date for entering Europe ’s monetary union. Thu, 10 May 2012 09:05:45 GMT Czech refiners to see Urals crude shortfall in May http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/04/russia-czech-oil-idUSL5E8G4E1N20120504 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/04/russia-czech-oil-idUSL5E8G4E1N20120504 MOSCOW, May 4 (Reuters) - Russia will cut oil supplies to the Czech Republic via the Druzhba pipeline in May, Transneft said on Friday, the second month of reductions to Czech refiners in favour of other outlets, particularly the new Baltic terminal at Ust-Luga. Mon, 07 May 2012 10:10:18 GMT Air pollution fees to increase for businesses http://praguemonitor.com/2012/05/03/air-pollution-fees-increase-businesses http://praguemonitor.com/2012/05/03/air-pollution-fees-increase-businesses Prague, May 2 (CTK) - The lower house of Czech parliament yesterday passed a bill under which the fees that firms have to pay for air pollution will be going up until 2021. The lower house originally agreed to cancel the fees completely within 10 years, but the upper house rejected it and returned the bill to the lower house in a modified version, similar to the original proposal prepared by Environment Minister Tomas Chalupa (Civic Democrats, ODS). Thu, 03 May 2012 09:08:15 GMT CELESTE . Dancing House Prague . Marlborough Wines . Thursday 24th May 201 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i480-CELESTE-Dancing-House-Prague-Marlborough-Wines-Thursday http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i480-CELESTE-Dancing-House-Prague-Marlborough-Wines-Thursday Celeste Restaurant . The Dancing House Prague New Zealand . Rooftop Terrace Wine Degustation Sliding Hill . Allan Scott Wines Six Course Gourmet Menu . Six Premium Wines Launch . Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose . Les Joues Rouges Thursday 24th May, 19.30 until late CZK 1850 person... Thu, 03 May 2012 06:18:12 GMT Fighting cyber crime - Security Czechs http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2012/05/fighting-cyber-crime http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2012/05/fighting-cyber-crime (The Economist) THE lovely medieval cities of the former Czechoslovakia are an unlikely location for some of the world’s smartest warriors against internet fraud. Yet they are home to three of the biggest purveyors of antivirus software: AVG Technologies in Brno and Avast Software in Prague, both in the Czech Republic; and ESET in Bratislava, in Slovakia. Each company claims to have over 100m users worldwide. Wed, 02 May 2012 06:57:36 GMT Czech Bourse May Open Market for Small Stocks, iHned Reports http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-30/czech-bourse-may-open-market-for-small-stocks-ihned-reports.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-30/czech-bourse-may-open-market-for-small-stocks-ihned-reports.html (Bloomberg) The Prague Stock Exchange plans to start a market for small and mid-sized companies, according to iHned, Hospodarske Noviny ’s website, which cited unidentified people familiar with the matter. Wed, 02 May 2012 06:54:30 GMT Unipetrol Q1 net loss wider than expected http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/25/unipetrol-results-idUSP7E8C900J20120425 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/25/unipetrol-results-idUSP7E8C900J20120425 (Reuters) - Czech downstream oil group Unipetrol ( UNPEsp.PR ) posted a larger-than-expected 361 million crown ($19.10 million) net loss in the first quarter, weighed down by weaker margins. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 07:03:36 GMT U.S. army tenders open to Czech bidders under new deal http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n11253-U-S-army-tenders-open-to-Czech-bidders-under-new-deal http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n11253-U-S-army-tenders-open-to-Czech-bidders-under-new-deal Brussels, April 18 (CTK) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Czech Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra signed a bilateral agreement thanks to which Czech companies can take part in U.S. military tenders at the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels yesterday. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:20:33 GMT Public Affairs MPs to meet today for headcount http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n11199-Public-Affairs-MPs-to-meet-today-for-headcount http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n11199-Public-Affairs-MPs-to-meet-today-for-headcount Prague, April 17 (CTK) - Representatives of the Czech junior ruling Public Affairs (VV) will meet on Wednesday to ascertain the number of seats the VV has in parliament now that Deputy PM Karolina Peake and other rebels left the VV to establish a new political platform, Katerina Klasnova told CTK yesterday. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:08:42 GMT Czech Cabinet to Overshoot 2013 Deficit Target, IMF Forecasts http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-17/czech-cabinet-to-overshoot-2013-deficit-target-imf-forecasts http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-17/czech-cabinet-to-overshoot-2013-deficit-target-imf-forecasts (Bloomberg) The Czech government won’t meet its target of cutting the fiscal deficit to less than the European Union’s limit next year, according to International Monetary Fund forecasts published today. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:06:34 GMT Czech FinMin: govt can stay if it has majority http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/17/czech-politics-idUSP7E7ME02G20120417 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/17/czech-politics-idUSP7E7ME02G20120417 (Reuters) - The Czech government will be able to stay in power after a split in the ruling coalition Public Affairs party if it maintains a majority in parliament, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said on Tuesday. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:50:34 GMT Czech PM says government needs majority, plans talks http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/17/us-czech-politics-faction-idUSBRE83G11J20120417 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/17/us-czech-politics-faction-idUSBRE83G11J20120417 (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas will hold talks with Vice Prime Minister Karolina Peake, who left her Public Affairs party on Tuesday to set up a new political faction but wants to stay in the ruling coalition, news agency CTK reported. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:49:45 GMT RWE Transgas says paid CZK 9.35 bln in dividend http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/16/rwe-czech-idUSP7E7ME02C20120416 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/16/rwe-czech-idUSP7E7ME02C20120416 (Reuters) - RWE Transgas, the Czech unit of Germany's RWE, paid its entire 2011 profit as a dividend to its parent company at the end of March, Chief Financial Officer Dirk Simons said on Monday. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:49:55 GMT Ministry backtracks on work permit restrictions http://www.praguepost.com/business/12768-ministry-backtracks-on-work-permit-restrictions.html http://www.praguepost.com/business/12768-ministry-backtracks-on-work-permit-restrictions.html The Labor and Social Affairs Ministry has backpedaled slightly on measures to reduce the number of non-European Union foreign laborers in the country after an outcry from companies that said their businesses would be crippled. The changes are aimed at providing more jobs for Czechs at a time of high unemployment and economic uncertainty, but critics charge even the softened new restrictions on foreign labor will drive away needed workers and may even be illegal. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:14:23 GMT Add your company to the PragueConnect.cz Business Directory http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n11108-Add-your-company-to-the-PragueConnect-cz-Business-Directory http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n11108-Add-your-company-to-the-PragueConnect-cz-Business-Directory We offer a free "full" company listings incl. Company logo, full company description, Google maps and even upload a full company presentation as PDF to your listing! List your company today with Prague’s fastest growing English language Business Directory – In Prague? Be PragueConnect.cz Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:46:35 GMT Cycle to work campaign http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n11085-Cycle-to-work-campaign http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n11085-Cycle-to-work-campaign After last year’s highly successful first „Cycle to work campaign“ we have set all wheels in motion to make this year’s campaign even better. This May you can once again compete against each other in riding your bikes to work. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:53:04 GMT Miner NWR says coke, coking coal prices fell in Q2 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/16/nwr-idUSP7E7LJ02Q20120416 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/16/nwr-idUSP7E7LJ02Q20120416 (Reuters) - Czech coal miner NWR said on Monday that average agreed prices of coking coal and coke fell in the second quarter of 2012. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:25:56 GMT Czech banks criticise govt plan to shift state accounts http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/czech-banks-idUSL6E8FC1LE20120412 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/czech-banks-idUSL6E8FC1LE20120412 (Reuters) - The Czech Banking Association criticised on Thursday government plans to shift public funds not included in the state budget to accounts at the central bank, which could suck as much as 97 billion crowns ($5.12 billion) from commercial bank deposits. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:08:11 GMT Pirates meet in Prague for the PPI conference 2012 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n11046-Pirates-meet-in-Prague-for-the-PPI-conference-2012 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n11046-Pirates-meet-in-Prague-for-the-PPI-conference-2012 ( http://www.pp-international.net ) On April 14th and 15th Prague will be the capital of Pirate Parties. Representatives from more than 20 countries will meet for the Pirate Parties International (PPI) General Aseembly 2012 in Czech Republic. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 07:43:43 GMT VW unit Skoda posts record first quarter http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/vw-skoda-idUSP7E8C900A20120412 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/vw-skoda-idUSP7E8C900A20120412 (Reuters) - Czech carmaker Skoda Auto, a unit of Germany's Volkswagen, posted an 11.8 percent year-on-year rise in first-quarter car sales, selling a record 242,700 vehicles, it said on Thursday. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 06:11:02 GMT Czech trade boosts surplus, Poles hemmed in by imports http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/economy-centraleurope-idUSL6E8FC4E120120412 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/economy-centraleurope-idUSL6E8FC4E120120412 (Reuters) - An export boom in the Czech Republic pushed the country's external balance into a sizeable surplus in February, but Poland's deficit narrowed less than expected and a cold snap that cut output widened Romania's current account gap. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 06:10:19 GMT Russia's Transneft has 3 days of oil for Czechs http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/09/russia-czech-transneft-idUSL6E8F91F620120409 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/09/russia-czech-transneft-idUSL6E8F91F620120409 (Reuters) - Russian state oil pipeline monopoly Transneft only has sufficient volume in the Druzhba pipeline to supply the Czech Republic for three more days, after Russian oil companies failed to submit new requests for deliveries to Czech customers. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:44:50 GMT Skoda workers to halt production on Saturdays http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/skoda-idUSL6E8F44D420120404 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/skoda-idUSL6E8F44D420120404 (Reuters) - Workers at Volkswagen's Czech car maker Skoda Auto will halt production on Saturdays in a dispute over pay, a trade union official said on Wednesday. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:19:49 GMT PragueConnect.cz News 05.04.2012 - And the winner is... http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n10708-PragueConnect-cz-News-05-04-2012-And-the-winner-is http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n10708-PragueConnect-cz-News-05-04-2012-And-the-winner-is Welcome to another week in Prague business, Easter is coming and we have one or two special surprises prepared. In the news last week, the UN released a report calculating global average salaries. The Czech Republic was placed 25th out of the 72 countries assessed, higher than Poland, The Slovak Republic, Hungary and many more of our 'near neighbours'. While the data is not 100% conclusive, it does show that perhaps we're not so hard done by in the Czech Republic after all! Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:07:01 GMT Czech PM rejects junior VV´s demands, does not prefer early polls http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/czech-pm-rejects-junior-vv-s-demands-does-not-prefer-early-polls/777720 http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/czech-pm-rejects-junior-vv-s-demands-does-not-prefer-early-polls/777720 ( ceskenoviny.cz ) Prague - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) has rejected as blackmail and ultimatums the demands the junior ruling Public Affairs (VV) addressed to him today but said he does not consider early elections a fortunate solution. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 07:02:46 GMT Czech FinMin says coalition crisis may lead to election http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/03/czech-government-finmin-idUSP7E7ME01Y20120403 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/03/czech-government-finmin-idUSP7E7ME01Y20120403 (Reuters) - The Czech Republic's coalition crisis may result in an early election, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek of the conservative ruling TOP09 party said on Tuesday. The three-party ruling coalition suffered a blow on Tuesday after the smallest party, the liberal Public Affairs, said it would pull its minister from the cabinet in May and would leave the coalition unless its demands for policy changes are met. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 06:59:29 GMT Merkel Says Czech Republic May Still Sign Up for EU Fiscal Pact http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-03/merkel-says-czech-republic-may-still-sign-up-for-eu-fiscal-pact.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-03/merkel-says-czech-republic-may-still-sign-up-for-eu-fiscal-pact.html (Bloomberg) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she’s leaving the door open for the Czech Republic to join the European Union’s fiscal pact as she seeks to rally the EU behind her agenda to stem the debt crisis. “Even though the Czech Republic hasn’t signed the fiscal pact, we know that the Czech government has not ruled it out,” Merkel said today at a joint news conference in Prague with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas. Merkel said the pact’s goals are “fully shared” by the Czech Republic. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 06:58:06 GMT Czech State Budget Deficit Narrows From Year Ago on Tax Revenue http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-02/czech-state-budget-deficit-narrows-from-year-ago-on-tax-revenue.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-02/czech-state-budget-deficit-narrows-from-year-ago-on-tax-revenue.html (Bloomberg) The Czech central state budget deficit narrowed in the first three months from a year earlier on larger tax revenue , the Finance Ministry said. The budget deficit totaled 22.69 billion koruna ($1.22 billion) in the January-March period, compared with a 25.2 billion-koruna gap in the same period last year, the Prague- based ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. Tax income was 11 billion koruna more than last year, it said. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 07:16:40 GMT Emerging Europe factories surprise in March, buck trend http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/02/centraleurope-pmi-idUSL6E8F219S20120402 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/02/centraleurope-pmi-idUSL6E8F219S20120402 PRAGUE, April 2 (Reuters) - Emerging Europe's manufacturing sector showed a surprising surge in March, bucking a trend of decline in the euro zone and defying expectations that a slowdown in the car- and electronics- producing region would accelerate. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 07:11:00 GMT Far right launches presidential campaign http://praguemonitor.com/2012/04/02/far-right-launches-presidential-campaign http://praguemonitor.com/2012/04/02/far-right-launches-presidential-campaign Kadan/Chomutov, North Bohemia, March 30 (CTK) - Tomas Vandas, chairman of the Czech nationalist Workers' Party of Social Justice (DSSS), the predecessor of which was banned by court as extremist, launched his campaign ahead of the presidential elections Friday. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 07:51:40 GMT Týden: PM does not expect gov't reshuffle http://praguemonitor.com/2012/04/02/t%C3%BDden-pm-does-not-expect-govt-reshuffle http://praguemonitor.com/2012/04/02/t%C3%BDden-pm-does-not-expect-govt-reshuffle Prague, April 1 (CTK) - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) cannot see any reason for a reshuffle of his coalition government at present, he told the latest issue of Tyden weekly that will be out on Monday. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 07:51:03 GMT Czech Rates Left Unchanged as Recession Eclipses Inflation http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-28/czech-rate-to-stay-at-record-low-as-recession-eclipses-inflation.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-28/czech-rate-to-stay-at-record-low-as-recession-eclipses-inflation.html (Bloomberg) The Czech central bank kept its main interest rate at a record low for a 15th meeting as risks of an extended economic recession overshadowed an inflation spike fueled by an increase in sales taxes. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:17:08 GMT Central Europe power sale body braces for cyber raid http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/29/power-capacity-hackers-idUSL6E8ET88A20120329 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/29/power-capacity-hackers-idUSL6E8ET88A20120329 (Reuters) - The agency that runs auctions to trade capacity on cross-border power lines in central Europe warned market participants on Thursday that the hacker group Anonymous was targeting its website. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:15:20 GMT Unipetrol reports bigger Q4 loss after new impairments http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/29/unipetrol-idUSL6E8ET0RH20120329 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/29/unipetrol-idUSL6E8ET0RH20120329 PRAGUE, March 29 (Reuters) - Czech downstream oil group Unipetrol reported new impairments costs for the fourth quarter that doubled its net loss in the period to 6.25 billion crowns ($337 million). Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:14:20 GMT Czech construction growth to return in 2013 http://www.khl.com/magazines/construction-europe/detail/item72143/Czech-construction-growth-to-return-in-2013/ http://www.khl.com/magazines/construction-europe/detail/item72143/Czech-construction-growth-to-return-in-2013/ (www.khl.com) Due to the postponement of major projects in the road and rail sector, this year will be "challenging" for the construction industry in the Czech Republic, but growth is forecast to return in 2013 and 2014, according to research company PMR. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:35:07 GMT Register with PragueConnect.cz and win great prizes! 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Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:35:18 GMT Merkel does not expect "yes" to EU fiscal pact in Prague http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/merkel-does-not-expect-yes-to-eu-fiscal-pact-in-prague/774968 http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/merkel-does-not-expect-yes-to-eu-fiscal-pact-in-prague/774968 (www.ceskenoviny.cz) Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not expect to hear a Czech "yes" to the EU fiscal pact, which the Czechs have not joined for now, at her meeting with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas in Prague on Tuesday, her spokesman Steffen Seibert told CTK today. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:43:16 GMT Czechs plan to open mobile market to new players http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/28/czech-telecoms-idUSL6E8ES9QJ20120328 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/28/czech-telecoms-idUSL6E8ES9QJ20120328 (Reuters) - The Czech telecoms watchdog is planning to force the country's three mobile operators to open up their networks to competition from "virtual operators", possibly from this summer, a spokesman said on Wednesday. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:37:16 GMT Czech corruption - Inside the chamber of secrets http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2012/03/czech-corruption http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2012/03/czech-corruption ( www.economist.com ) MANY speculate about the influence of Roman Janoušek, a businessman, over Prague politics. But not everyone appreciates it. Czech newspapers have noted with glee that inside the Civic Democrat party (which co-runs Prague and is the major force in the ruling coalition), Mr Janoušek's nickname is "Voldemort", after the character in JK Rowling's Harry Potter books: a figure whose name is better not mentioned out loud. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 07:22:22 GMT Czech Philip Morris proposes CZK 920/share dividend http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/27/czech-philipmorris-idUSL6E8ER0O320120327 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/27/czech-philipmorris-idUSL6E8ER0O320120327 (Reuters) - Czech cigarette maker Philip Morris CR proposed a gross dividend of 920 crowns ($49.93) per share on 2011 profit, it said in an invitation to its annual general meeting on Tuesday. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:41:13 GMT Czechs to rename airport in Vaclav Havel's honour http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/22/uk-czech-havel-airport-idUSLNE82K06B20120322 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/22/uk-czech-havel-airport-idUSLNE82K06B20120322 (Reuters) - The Czech government agreed on Wednesday to rename the country's main airport in Prague to honour deceased former President Vaclav Havel, Czech media reported. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 08:16:06 GMT CEZ to split Pocerady plant into new unit http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/23/cez-plant-idUSP7E7ME01G20120323 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/23/cez-plant-idUSP7E7ME01G20120323 (Reuters) - Czech electricity producer CEZ said on Friday it would separate its coal-fired Pocerady power plant into a special unit, a step toward potential divestment. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 08:15:24 GMT MfD: Wiretap scandal at Prague City Council may rock politics http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/23/mfd-wiretapping-scandal-prague-city-council-may-rock-politics http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/23/mfd-wiretapping-scandal-prague-city-council-may-rock-politics Prague, March 22 (CTK) - Slovaks have their Gorilla, while Czechs now have their Dear Boy, this how the latest scandal with the wiretapping scandal at the Prague City Hall can be called, Jiri Kubik writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD). Fri, 23 Mar 2012 09:27:20 GMT Prague Business Leaders Networking - TONIGHT! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n10185-Prague-Business-Leaders-Networking-TONIGHT http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n10185-Prague-Business-Leaders-Networking-TONIGHT This is just a quick reminder that the Prague Business Leader Networking event takes place tonight at the Kempinski Hotel Prague. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:22:17 GMT PM: Opposition's no-confidence is ruining ČR's credibility http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/21/pm-oppositions-no-confidence-attemps-ruin-%C4%8Drs-credibility http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/21/pm-oppositions-no-confidence-attemps-ruin-%C4%8Drs-credibility Prague, March 20 (CTK) - Financial markets consider the Czech Republic trustworthy and the leftist opposition "plays a dangerous game with our country's credibility," PM Petr Necas said in a parliament debate preceding the opposition-provoked vote of no confidence in his cabinet yesterday. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 07:56:22 GMT More Regulation May Hurt EU’s Growth, Czech Policy Maker Says http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-20/more-regulation-may-hurt-eu-s-growth-czech-policy-maker-says.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-20/more-regulation-may-hurt-eu-s-growth-czech-policy-maker-says.html (Bloomberg) Proposals to tighten financial- industry regulation and introduce a special transaction tax threaten to curtail the European Union’s economic growth, Czech central bank Vice-Governor Mojmir Hampl said. Hampl commented on the euro area’s sovereign-debt crisis, its impact on the Czech economy and the country’s monetary settings in an interview in Prague yesterday. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 06:55:15 GMT PragueConnect.cz News 21.03.2012 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n10168-PragueConnect-cz-News-21-03-2012 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n10168-PragueConnect-cz-News-21-03-2012 Last week saw a new president arrive in Germany, a new government in the Slovak Republic and positive market forecasts for the Central European Region. Change is sometimes good, let's hope that this is the case this time around. In the Czech Republic, life goes on as ever, it's been a back week for the coalition government, Czech people have been polled as having their lowest ever confidence in the EU and trade unions are calling for strikes in protest against government austerity measures. Even so, the good ship Czech Republic keeps sailing through the troubled economic sea and business carries on regardless. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 05:46:48 GMT Czechs want $494 mln from mobile auction http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/19/czech-telecoms-auction-idUSL6E8EJ7NS20120319 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/19/czech-telecoms-auction-idUSL6E8EJ7NS20120319 (Reuters) - The Czech government wants at least 9.2 billion crowns ($494 million) from an auction of mobile telephone frequencies, the telecoms regulator said on Monday. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:44:59 GMT ZEW East Europe Confidence Positive for First Time Since May http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-16/zew-east-europe-confidence-positive-for-first-time-since-may.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-16/zew-east-europe-confidence-positive-for-first-time-since-may.html (Bloomberg) Central and eastern Europe ’s economic outlook improved to a positive reading for the first time in almost a year, the ZEW Center for European Economic Research and Erste Group Bank AG said. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:59:25 GMT Nečas congratulates newly elected German president http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/19/ne%C4%8D-congratulates-newly-elected-german-president http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/19/ne%C4%8D-congratulates-newly-elected-german-president Prague, March 18 (CTK) - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) has welcomed Sunday's election of Joachim Gauck as the new president of Germany and appreciated his struggle against the communist regime in the then East Germany. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:55:12 GMT Prague Business Leaders Networking 2012 - 21.03.2012! Last tickets available http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i405-Prague-Business-Leaders-Networking-2012 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s432/PragueConnect-cz/c1736-Events/i405-Prague-Business-Leaders-Networking-2012 PragueConnect.cz and The Prague Daily Monitor are proud to present a new series of premium Business Networking events in Prague. Every quarter throughout 2012 we will bring you one of the top speakers and personalities the Czech Republic has to offer. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 08:16:41 GMT Poll: More and more Czechs lose jobs over alcoholism http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/14/poll-more-and-more-czechs-lose-jobs-over-alcoholism http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/14/poll-more-and-more-czechs-lose-jobs-over-alcoholism Prague, March 13 (CTK) - The number of Czechs who have lost jobs over alcohol consumption at work has been rising, according to a poll conducted by the Commservis.com agency in 71 Czech firms in March and released to CTK Tuesday. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 08:09:47 GMT PragueConnect.cz News 13.03.2012 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n9728-PragueConnect-cz-News-13-03-2012 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n9728-PragueConnect-cz-News-13-03-2012 Welcome to this week's newsletter. The Czech Republic's news last week brought back some old favorite topics such as alleged government corruption and some new challenges such as the alarming, rising price of eggs! We're sure that this week will bring more surprises for all of us, we hope in positive ways. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:53:02 GMT Czech Economy Shrinks Less Than Estimated In Q4 http://www.rttnews.com/1837748/czech-economy-shrinks-less-than-estimated-in-q4.aspx?type=alleco&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=sitemap http://www.rttnews.com/1837748/czech-economy-shrinks-less-than-estimated-in-q4.aspx?type=alleco&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=sitemap (RTTNews) - The Czech economy contracted less than initially estimated in the fourth quarter, final data released by the Czech Statistical Office showed Friday. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:35:29 GMT Schwarzenberg in Austria: Czechs must be in European core http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/12/schwarzenberg-austria-czechs-must-be-european-core http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/12/schwarzenberg-austria-czechs-must-be-european-core Vienna, March 9 (CTK) - Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg still believes that the Czech Republic will join the EU budget discipline treaty eventually since the country must belong to the European core, he said in an interview for Friday's issue of the Austrian daily Der Standard. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:34:20 GMT Club Vivanova - Pictures SOHO Prague, Barking Owl Degustation - 8th March 2012! http://www.clubvivanova.de/category/events_prague/ http://www.clubvivanova.de/category/events_prague/ Club Vivanova, your international business networking and premium wine club in Berlin, Prague, Warsaw and Monte Carlo - Pictures SOHO Prague, Barking Owl Degustation -  8th March 2012! Sun, 11 Mar 2012 09:39:33 GMT Register with PragueConnect.cz and win great prizes! http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s411/PragueConnect-cz/Advertising/c1967-Register-with-PragueConnect-cz-and-win-great-prizes http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s411/PragueConnect-cz/Advertising/c1967-Register-with-PragueConnect-cz-and-win-great-prizes It will soon be PragueConnect's first anniversary since its creation and to celebrate, we're giving away some unique prizes. To be included in the prize draw, all you need to do is register as a free user on PragueConnect.cz by  31.3.2012. In keeping with our commitment to connect Prague's business community, our prizes have been selected to provide social opportunities and fun times! Sat, 10 Mar 2012 12:49:05 GMT PM: Audit system the weakest link in drawing EU funds http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/09/pm-audit-system-weakest-link-drawing-eu-funds http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/09/pm-audit-system-weakest-link-drawing-eu-funds Prague, March 8 (CTK) - The European Commission (EC) and the European Court of Auditors (ECA) consider the system of audits controlled by the Finance Ministry the weakest link of the Czech drawing of European funds, Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) told reporters yesterday. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 07:51:12 GMT Welcome to CapitalConnect.ru http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n9459-Welcome-to-CapitalConnect-ru http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n9459-Welcome-to-CapitalConnect-ru We are online now also in Moscow! CapitalConnect.ru aims to bring together International Expats and Russian Business Professionals in Moscow ... Wed, 07 Mar 2012 10:18:54 GMT PragueConnect.cz News 06.03.2012 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n9342-PragueConnect-cz-News-06-03-2012 http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n9342-PragueConnect-cz-News-06-03-2012 Last week saw the launch of our new legal section and the first article is now online and available to read. We've seen good click rates on the article already so, it seems that many of you will already be aware of it! The first article looks at proposed changes to Dual Citizenship legislation in the Czech Republic, and how it could impact former Czech nationals in a positive way. Maybe Martina Navratilova can be truly Czech once again! Tue, 06 Mar 2012 09:57:29 GMT Want to join our team? New Media Sales Consultant http://prague.tv/jobs/job.php?id=3557 http://prague.tv/jobs/job.php?id=3557 We are looking for a strong self-employed sales person who has an excellent knowledge of the Czech online market. The job starts as a self-employed person, but would eventually develop into a well-paid fulltime job – motivation and reaching sales targets is what this job is about including a lot of fun to work for one of the leading English language media cooperation’s in the Czech Republic. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 08:00:25 GMT Foreign minister hopes PM signs EU's fiscal compact http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/05/foreign-minister-hopes-pm-signs-eus-fiscal-compact http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/05/foreign-minister-hopes-pm-signs-eus-fiscal-compact Prague, March 4 (CTK) - Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09) hopes that Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democratic Party, ODS) will sign the European fiscal discipline pact, Schwarzenberg told Czech Television (CT) Sunday. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 08:38:29 GMT Welcome to CapitalConnect.eu http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n9297-Welcome-to-CapitalConnect-eu http://www.pragueconnect.cz/en/s462/PragueConnect-cz/c1733-News/n9297-Welcome-to-CapitalConnect-eu CapitalConnect.eu aims to bring together International Expats and Local Business Professionals in Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Moscow ... through Networking and Business / Social Events. Meet Expats from all over the world in a Business and a Networking Environment. Networking, Events, Business, Finance, Contacts ... This and lots more you'll find on CapitalConnect.eu. Sat, 03 Mar 2012 07:26:58 GMT Sedláček: Czechs want to get, but not give in EU http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/02/sedl%C3%A1%C4%8Dek-czechs-want-get-not-give-eu http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/02/sedl%C3%A1%C4%8Dek-czechs-want-get-not-give-eu Prague, March 1 (CTK) - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas's statement that the Czechs would not profit from the EU fiscal treaty in any way unfortunately sums up the Czech idea of the EU where one can receive but does not have to give, economist Tomas Sedlacek writes in Hospodarske noviny daily Thursday. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:09:42 GMT Some 140 experts to attend Czech-U.S. conference on innovations http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/02/some-140-experts-attend-czech-us-conference-innovations http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/02/some-140-experts-attend-czech-us-conference-innovations Prague, March 1 (CTK) - Some 140 representatives of government bodies and institutions, university circles and businessmen from the Czech Republic and the United States will attend a two-day U.S-Czech conference on innovations to be held on March 5-6, its organisers said Thursday. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 08:40:21 GMT No additional investments needed in Temelín nuclear plant http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/02/no-additional-investments-needed-temel%C3%ADn-nuclear-plant http://praguemonitor.com/2012/03/02/no-additional-investments-needed-temel%C3%ADn-nuclear-plant Ceske Budejovice, South Moravia, March 1 (CTK) - No special investments are likely to be needed due to the measures arising from the stress tests of nuclear power plants conducted after the Fukushima disaster in the Czech Temelin nuclear plant, Temelin's director Milos Stepanovsky told CTK Thursday. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 08:39:14 GMT Czech Cabinet Eyes $1.3 Billion Spending Freeze, CTK Reports http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-24/czech-cabinet-eyes-1-3-billion-spending-freeze-ctk-reports.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-24/czech-cabinet-eyes-1-3-billion-spending-freeze-ctk-reports.html (Bloomberg) The Czech Finance Ministry will propose freezing spending worth 23.6 billion koruna ($1.3 billion) in 2012 to meet the budget-deficit target, the CTK newswire reported, citing a ministry document. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:43:44 GMT New Prague tourist trail spotlights graft and sleaze http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/24/uk-czech-corruption-tourism-idUSLNE81N03120120224 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/24/uk-czech-corruption-tourism-idUSLNE81N03120120224 (Reuters) - Prague has long been a favoured destination for its medieval looks and cheap beer, but one travel agency has freshened up the offering with a new type of tourism experience which spotlights graft and sleaze. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:42:07 GMT