Thursday, 13 December 2018
Finance | Prague TV

The number of Czech people using alcohol on a regular basis is alarmingly high, according to a Czech government report on drug use. Government officials are looking at ways to lower the level of use, including increased taxes on alcohol and limiting where alcohol is sold.

Business | Sport | Brno Daily

There are 235 days left until the next Czech Grand Prix. Tickets are now on sale with a special Christmas discount.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Prague Daily Monitor reports that MEP Jan Zahradil will lead the Civic Democrats at the European Parliamentary elections scheduled for May 2019. This is the fourth time that Zahradil will do so. Zahradil will also lead the European Conservatives and Reformists alliance, which the ODS is part of.

Business | Reuters

The crown set a 5-week high against the euro on Monday as expectations for further Czech central bank interest rate hikes prevailed despite a drop in annual inflation in November. Inflation dropped to 2%, the central bank's target level, from 2.2% in October.

National | Business | Radio Prague

Monday is the 30th anniversary of the first demonstration ever permitted by Czechoslovakia's Communists. But why did the regime allow their enemies like Václav Havel to speak publicly on December 10, 1988? And what did it mean for dissidents themselves?

Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that an increasing number of food products made in the country, will be sold in shops abroad. Large international retailers like Lidl and Penny are sourcing food for their global supply chains from the country, as Czech food products are increasingly accepted by consumers abroad. According to the report, Czech food exports have more than doubled from CZK 8 billion to CZK 18 billion in the years between 2010 and 2017.

Business | Prague TV

Christmas trees have gone on sale across Prague. Most merchants offer trees directly on squares or busy streets. According to the number of permits for public spaces, there are several dozen places to choose from.

Business | Brno Daily

The Czech Trade Inspection Authority (CTIA) has issued a warning regarding Christmas purchases of smartphones and smartphone accessories. The Authority has reported finding a large number of counterfeit phones in stores in Brno, on sale at full price. The authority carried out an extensive inspection in several locations across Brno on Wednesday.

Politics | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Jana Maláčová and Deputy Chair of the Civic Democrats Zbyněk Stanjura both told television host Václav Moravec, on his show on Czech Television on Sunday, that they stood by the Security Information Service (BIS).

Business | Radio Prague

In October, Czech industry experienced the second best result in 2018 in terms of year-on-year growth, as the Czech Statistical Office reported growth of 6.7 percent. Largest contributions came from the car industry, metal manufacturing and the electronics sector.

Business | Prague TV

British Airways (BA) was named the Quietest Airline in this year's competition, which was organized by Prague Airport in cooperation with the Prague 6 district. The competition aims to motivate airlines to deploy modern and quieter aircraft.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that a large part of Brno Central Station's operations were halted on Sunday, as a year-long repair project began. An estimated 70% of the approximately 500 trains that pass through the station daily, will be diverted, with only about 150 continuing through the station.

Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor reports that Prague is now the 20th most visited city in the world. Based on data released by research firm Euromonitor International, Prague saw 8,806,700 arrivals in 2017. This number is expected to grow to over 9 million people in 2018.

National | Business |

Narek Sargsyan, the nephew of third President Serzh Sargsyan, was detained in the apartment in Prague 5 district, spokesman for Prague police Jan Daněk told ČTK agency. Daněk said the 37-year-old man was detained in the presence of an attacking unit, as they suspected he could be armed.

Business | Radio Prague

It is generally still easier in the Czech Republic than elsewhere in the EU to hide crucial parts of corporate structures – including the ultimate beneficial owners of a business – from public scrutiny.