Tuesday, 20 February 2018
National | ČTK

The Slovak Interior Ministry is ready to face Czech PM Andrej Babis's lawsuit against his registration as a former Czechoslovak communist secret police (StB) agent in StB files, Minister Robert Kalinak said on Wednesday but doubted whether the ministry should be the sued party.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

The Czech government on Wednesday approved the country's accession to the EU fiscal pact. By signing the document, the country vows to abide by the pact's budget restrictions. The decision still has to be ratified by the parliament and signed by president Miloš Zeman.

National | ČTK

Almost one tenth of Czechs over 15 are subject to some property distraint, which is a year-on-year increase by 31,000 people reaching a total of 863,000 people in 2017, according to an updated map of distraint elaborated by the Open Society NGO and presented by its authors on Tuesday. The updated map also includes information about the debtors' age and the frequency of distraint orders.

National | ČTK

Central Bohemia and the capital Prague are the Czech regions that are the most populous and have seen the steepest population growth in recent years, Czech Statistical Office said on Tuesday, presenting selected demographic data from 2016.

National | ČTK

The Regional Court in Bratislava has dismissed the lawsuit in which Czech PM Andrej Babiš challenged as unrightful his registration as a former Czechoslovak communist secret police (StB) agent in StB files, the court spokesman Pavol Adamciak told ČTK on Tuesday.

National | Radio Prague

Eighty-six deputies from eight parties in the lower house have put their signatures to a proposal to loosen a ban on smoking at Czech pubs, restaurants and other facilities introduced last year. The amendment has been written by Marek Benda of the Civic Democrat.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague will continue its efforts to improve air quality, despite a recent court ruling. The Prague Municipal Court cancelled a substantial part of the air improvement program called Praha-CZ01, issued by the Ministry of the Environment in May 2016. The city hopes the program's flaws can be fixed quickly.

National | ČTK

Vietnamese blogger Pham Doan Trang will receive the Homo Homini award for human rights promotion from the Czech People in Need humanitarian organisation at the beginning of the One World film festival on March 5.

National | ČTK

Poverty is often inherited in the Czech Republic and young people from a poor background are frequently burdened by their parents' debts, they can hardly find jobs and flats, have no positive models and are unable to deal with their situation on their own, according to a Czech Caritas survey.

Politics | ČTK

The majority of the government ANO movement will not support the sacking of Tomio Okamura (SPD) as Czech Chamber of Deputies deputy chairman over his statements on the WWII concentration camp in Lety, ANO deputy group chairman Jaroslav Faltynek said after its meeting on Tuesday.

National | ČTK

The Norway Grants want to contribute to the construction of a Roma Holocaust memorial planned at the site of a former concentration camp for the Roma in Lety, south Bohemia, Norwegian ambassador in Prague Siri Ellen Sletner told journalists on Tuesday.

National | ČTK

Czech opposition politicians are not surprised at courts definitively dismissing a lawsuit Czech PM Andrej Babis had filed against figuring as a former communist secret police (StB) agent in the StB files, but say it will not affect his position or the formation of a new cabinet.

National | ČTK

Vladimir Remek left the post of Czech ambassador in Russia at the end of January and he will be replaced in Moscow by career diplomat Vitezslav Pivonka within a few months, Czech Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Irena Valentova told CTK on Tuesday.

Politics | ČTK

The Czech Republic does not need a law on general referendum on which the government ANO is negotiating with the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) and Communists (KSCM), Civic Democrat (ODS) deputy head Martin Kupka said after the party's talks with the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) on Tuesday.

National | ČTK

The public Czech Television (CT) will air an additional expert discussion on the Forgotten Leaders Russian series it broadcast at the end of 2017 in response to the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (RRTV) criticism, CT spokeswoman Karolina Blinkova has told CTK.