Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Radio Prague

My Prague - Gerald Turner

By Ian Willoughby | Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

Gerald Turner is a leading translator of Czech literature into English and is currently preparing to take on no less a work than Jaroslav Hasek’s The Good Soldier Svejk. Our tour of “his Prague” begins at the pub U Parlamentu in the Old Town.

Are Czech butterflies disappearing due to farming and forestry mismanagement or climate change?

By Brian Kenety | Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

Scientists warn that some butterfly species are disappearing from the Czech countryside at an alarming rate. But opinion is divided as to the root cause. Some see it as a stemming from intensive farming and forest mismanagement on the local level. Others believe global climate change is to blame. Researchers at the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences blame the disappearance of protected butterfly species on the state company charged with managing the nation’s 1.2 million hectares of forests.

Social Democrat leader tells PM 2020 draft budget is unrealistic

By Daniela Lazarova | Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

The leader of the junior coalition party in government, Jan Hamacek of the Social Democrats has written an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO regarding the proposed draft budget for 2020 over which the two parties are at odds. Mr. Hamacek wrote that the draft proposal was "unrealistic" and his party’s ministries alone would fall short of 20 billion crowns, meaning that the government would not be able to fulfil its policy program and promises to voters.

Prague Pride kicks off in Czech capital

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

The ninth edition of Prague Pride festival celebrating sexual minorities gets underway on Monday with a concert on Střelecký Island. The week-long festival offers over a hundred events, including debates, film screening and exhibitions. It will culminate on Saturday with a massive parade through the centre of the city, which is expected to attract around 30,000 people.

Czech Railways to pay hefty fine for abuse of dominant position

By Daniela Lazarova | Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

The state-owned provider Czech Railways will have to pay a hefty fine for allegedly abusing its dominant position on the market in freight transport in the years between 2005 and 2014. According to the Czech anti-monopoly office by its behaviour, the company violated both Czech and European competition laws.

Prefab wooden houses are a booming business in Czechia

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

The market with prefabricated wooden houses in the Czech Republic is experiencing a major boom, the website ihned.cz reports. While ten years ago, there were around one thousand prefabricated wooden houses built in the country, last year it was nearly three thousand. “Over the past year, the demand has grown by one fifth,” Martin Fojtíko of the company Bidli, which specializes in low-energy wooden buildings, told the website.

Czech GDP nominally up 700 percent since fall of communism

By Ian Willoughby | Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

Czech gross domestic product has increased nominally by around 700 percent since the fall of communism, according to data from the Czech Statistics Office and the calculations of analysts cited by the Czech News Agency. While Czech GDP was CZK 672 billion in 1990, in current prices it is now more than CZK 5.3 trillion.

Quality of Czech roads 6th worst in EU

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
5 August 2019

Due to its geographical location in the centre of Europe, the Czech Republic is very much dependent on the quality of its transport infrastructure and its connection to neighbouring countries. However, a new study carried out by Raiffesienbank shows that the quality of roads in the Czech Republic is the sixth lowest in the European Union.
Between the years 2010 and 2017, the Czech Republic invested 120 billion crowns less than other similar-sized EU countries, suggests the Raiffeisenbank study. That sum translates into roughly 800 kilometres of highways.

Czech solar power firms expand in Hungary

By Tom McEnchroe | Radio Prague |
5 August 2019

The combination of a slow-down in state subsidies at home and an increased demand for solar power in Hungary is leading many Czech companies to set up to invest in the country. However, the Czech government’s plans to reduce and eventually completely remove carbon dependency has led some to promote the benefits of increasing support for photovoltaics in the country.
While less than 10 megawatts worth of new solar farms were built in the Czech Republic in the past five years, in 2018 Hungary’s photovoltaic power stations grew by 320 megawatts.

EC criticizes Czechia over lengthy EIA procedures

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
5 August 2019

The European Commission has criticised the Czech Republic over its lengthy Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of construction projects and its agricultural management, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday, citing an EC report debated by the Senate.

Environment Minister Richard Brabec said the government had reservations about some parts of the report, but in general, he described it as a largely objective description of the state of affairs. He also welcomed the report as an effort to introduce better environmental legislation into practice.

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