Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Politics | ČTK

President Miloš Zeman will receive ANO's MP Ivan Pilný, candidate for finance minister, at Prague Castle, the presidential seat, at 16:30 on Tuesday, Zeman's spokesman Jiří Ovčáček told ČTK yesterday.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague City Hall is discussing adding a fleet of extended “superbuses” to improve service to the airport. Two types of buses have been tested by ROPID, the organization that oversees mass transit. ROPID last week recommended to the Transit Committee of City Hall that extended buses are the best option.

National | ČTK

The state budget for 2018 projects a rise in pensions, wages, social benefits and the defence spending, Finance Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) told journalists yesterday, adding that the proposed CZK 50 billion deficit arose from an agreement of the coalition parties.

Politics | ČTK

Pop lyricist and former businessman Michal Horáček is the richest Czech presidential candidate with CZK 232 million, far before President Miloš Zeman and scientist Jiří Drahoš, out of the trio standing a real chance of succeeding in the contest, daily Mladá fronta Dnes (MfD) reported yesterday.

National | ČTK

The State Attorney's office has proposed that the eighth man be taken into custody in the case of leak of information from Czech police databases, state attorney Petr Šereda told journalists yesterday, adding that in all, 18 people have been accused in connection with it.

National | Brno Daily

Europeans are all accustomed to indirect democracy – it means voting for a representative and hoping that they will transform their promises into reality. But in Brno, democracy has risen to its new level. Its citizens can be involved in formation of a real city budget, so their voice is heard directly. Brno is the first statutory city with participatory budgeting in the Czech Republic!

National | ČTK

Corruption, bribes and lobbyists influence politicians' decision making most of all, according to most of the respondents in a Czech poll conducted by the CVVM agency.

News | ČTK

The Czech Republic will donate CZK 16 million to educational programmes within the reconstruction of Ukraine, the government decided yesterday.

Politics | ČTK

The Czech Pirate Party would like to gain at least 10% of the vote in the October general election, its leader Ivan Bartoš said today when the party launched its election campaign.

National | ČTK

Božena Fuková, one of the four deputies to the Czechoslovak National Assembly (federal parliament) to vote against the agreement on the Soviet troops' temporary stay in Czechoslovakia in October 1968, died on May 18 at the age of 82 years, the Charter 77 Foundation told ČTK yesterday.

National | ČTK

The Czech government released yesterday CZK 404 million from the budget reserve for the teachers' pay rise as of September, Education Minister Kateřina Valachová (Social Democrats, ČSSD) has told reporters.

National | ČTK

Science and research will get CZK 36.2 billion in 2018, which is CZK 3.5 billion more than this year, the government decided yesterday approving Deputy PM for Science and Research Pavel Bělobradek's (Christian Democrats, KDU-ČSL) proposal, cabinet spokesman Martin Ayrer has tweeted.

News | ČTK

Slovakia will launch its first SKCUBE satellite in early June, daily Právo reported yesterday referring to Jakub Kapus, head of the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA), who said it will be launched into orbit by India.

Politics | ČTK

Deputy Finance Minister Alena Schillerová is considering taking legal steps against Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek who, she said, disparaged her person and professional career with his words yesterday, she has written in a statement for ČTK. "I am doing so being fully aware of my being in a subordinate position, which, however, does not and cannot stand above man's right to defend their human honour from an unprecedented lie, even if expressed by a minister of this government," Schillerová wrote.

Prague | Prague TV

A Czech law banning smoking in pubs and restaurants will take effect May 31, which is World No Tobacco Day. Prague's districts are already planning for ways to address the expected problems with large groups of smokers on the street near pub entrances creating large volumes of concentrated smoke as well as noise.