Saturday, 16 February 2019

Prague Daily Monitor

Prosecutors ask Organised Crime Taskforce to investigate whether Mynář broke the law

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Feb 2019

State Prosecutor Jan Lelek asked the National Taskforce against Organised Crime (NCOZ) to investigate whether Vratislav Mynář, the President's Chief of Staff, interfered with the independence of the courts. Lelek was acting on a criminal complaint filed by Senator Václav Láska.

Czech Technical University dumps Huawei

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Feb 2019

Lupa.cz reports that the Czech Technical University (ČVUT), the country's top technical institution, has decided to end its collaboration with Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei. This is ostensibly being done, following a warning against Huawei from NÚKIB, the country's cybersecurity watchdog, issued in December last year. The move from ČVUT is the latest blow for Huawei.

Rectors conference supports Charles Uni. in battle against Zeman

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Feb 2019

The Czech Rectors Conference, the leading education body in the country, underlined its support for Charles University, in its legal challenge to President Zeman, over his refusal to name two of the university's academics, professors. The university filed new lawsuits in the Prague Municipal Court against Zeman, earlier this week.

Ethics Commission finds former Charles Uni. vice rector guilty of plagiarism

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Feb 2019

Charles University's Ethics Commission found Professor Martin Kovář, a former vice rector of the University and well-known historian, guilty of plagiarism. Late last year, Kovář was accused of a number of instances of plagiarism in his books, over the last two decades, by three doctoral students at the Faculty of Arts.

Inflation up to 2.5%, surprises bankers

Prague Daily Monitor |
14 Feb 2019

Year-on-year inflation was 2.5% for the month of January. In December 2018, the figure was 2% and the jump has surprised many bankers, indicating that the Central Bank's monetary policy, could be tested.

EET law moves to next phase

Prague Daily Monitor |
14 Feb 2019

The Chamber of Deputies finally finished the first reading of the amendment to the controversial law on the Electronic Registration of Sales (EET). Once passed, the EET law will be extended to apply to food stalls, craftsmen, doctors and certain other professionals, in its third and fourth waves.

Maláčová to decide about e-sick notes

Prague Daily Monitor |
14 Feb 2019

Jana Maláčová, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, announced that her ministry would be reviewing a decision that required doctors to issue electronic sick notes as of 2019, according to Czech Television.

Cities trying to restrict billboards and signs

Prague Daily Monitor |
13 Feb 2019

Czech Television reports that a number of cities including Prague, Brno and Znojmo are attempting to clamp down visual clutter – the uncontrolled, haphazard placement of advertising signs, neon billboards and branding.

Less students doing math at Maturita exams

Prague Daily Monitor |
13 Feb 2019

Czech Television reports, based on data from the CERMAT organisation, that the number of students graduating with mathematics at the high school-leaving Maturita exams, is at its lowest in 8 years.

MEP Sojdrova presents government with list of orphans

Prague Daily Monitor |
13 Feb 2019

Czech Television reports that KDU-CSL MEP Michaela Sojdrova, presented the government with a list of 14 orphans, currently housed in refugee camps in Greece, whom she would like to see re-housed in the Czech Republic.

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