Thursday, 22 February 2018

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Czech watchdog finds significant discrepancies in ministry accounting

Radio Prague |
23 January 2018

The Czech spending watchdog, the Supreme Audit Office, has submitted a caustic report on the accounting abilities of one of the country's key ministries, the Ministry of Regional Development. In total, the watchdog said that around 8.0 billion crowns in spending was not properly accounted for or explained in the closing accounts and significant discrepancies were apparent.

Criminal prosecution of Czech PM approved after heated parliamentary debate

Radio Prague |
22 January 2018

The lower house of Parliament decided Friday to lift immunity for the prime minister and his ANO senior party colleague Jaroslav Faltýnek to face criminal charges for the alleged abuse of EU funds in connection with the Stork's Nest complex.

The Bohemian crown jewels: facts and legends

Radio Prague |
22 January 2018

Thousands of people braved the cold this week, queuing up for hours in rain and snow, for a rare chance to see the Bohemian crown jewels. Who were the coronation jewels made for and what are some of the legends attached to them?

Inspectors uncover numerous cases of odometer fraud and other serious transgressions

Radio Prague |
22 January 2018

Buying used cars in the Czech Republic has long been considered a risky proposition and sadly checks by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority (CITA), a government bureau under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, has found the situation has not much improved.

Czech Republic seen boosting tourists to 15.8 million in 2017

Radio Prague |
19 January 2018

The Czech Republic hosted 15.8 million tourists in 2017 according to preliminary figures from the Ministry for Regional Development. That figure would represent an increase of 6 percent on the previous year.

Czech exports expected to reach record CZK 4.2 trillion in 2017

Radio Prague |
19 January 2018

Czech exports in 2017 reached a record level of 4.2 trillion crowns, up 5.0 percent on the results in the previous year. The figure was given Thursday by the Czech Exporters' Association which was hosting a conference together with Raiffeisen Bank.

Slav Epic likely to go on show for Brno Czechoslovak centenary exhibition

Radio Prague |
22 January 2018

The mayor of Brno has said that Alphonse Mucha's series of massive paintings, the Slav Epic, is likely to go on show in the city as part of an exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918.

Zeman loss could lead to Babiš "playing Kaczynski role"

Radio Prague |
19 January 2018

The political future of current Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš seems rather up in the air at present. The ANO chief now says another top party figure could lead the government.

The downside of plastics recycling: toxins in children's toys

Radio Prague |
19 January 2018

The Czech environmental group Arnika is ringing alarm bells. According to the results of a recent study it conducted, some children's toys and grooming accessories, such as hair brushes, sold in the EU contain toxic substances. Arnika's Karolína Brabcová says this is an unfortunate side product of the drive to promote plastics recycling.

Health state of Russian hacking suspect Nikulin in dispute

Radio Prague |
19 January 2018

A Russian newspaper says that the health of Yevgeny Nikulin, accused by the US of hacking computers at top companies, has deteriorated severely in a Czech prison. His lawyer describes the situation as a "death sentence". However, the Czech authorities refute the allegations.

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