Thursday, 21 June 2018
National | Radio Prague

Czech police seized more marihuana last year than ever before. According to the annual report of the Anti-Drug Centre released on Wednesday, authorities confiscated 1.1 tonnes of the plant and uncovered 305 plantations, both of which are historical records.

Prague | Prague TV

The idea to give Prague students under 26 an annual transit pass for CZK 365, or CZK 1 per day, was rejected by the City Council. The proposal was made by Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD), who said it would help reduce the number of young people riding without tickets and also ease the financial burden on students.

Prague | Prague TV

Air conditioning, low floors, space for baby carriages, comfortable seats, modern information systems, and a uniform look are some of the new requirements for newly purchased buses to be used by the Prague Integrated Transport system. WiFi, however, is not on the list of requirements.

National | Radio Prague

One in five young adults in the Czech Republic is at risk of falling below the poverty line, according to the local branch of Caritas, an international Catholic relief and development charity. Some 300,000 people between the ages of 18 and 30 are essentially living from pay packet to pay packet, according to a survey conducted by the Median Agency released on Wednesday.

National | Radio Prague

What are today's most pressing housing challenges? What are the current trends in residential development? And how to plan and build for well-being? These are among the questions that will be discussed in Prague this week by some of the world's leading architects and urban planners, who will be attending the annual reSITE conference.

National | Radio Prague

Former political prisoner František Suchý has died at the age of 91. As a teenager Mr. Suchý helped his cremator father keep clandestine records of the names of people executed by the Nazis and the Communists. The pair also hid the ashes of many victims of those regimes.

Politics | Radio Prague

The Czech prime minister designate, Andrej Babiš of ANO, is hoping that President Miloš Zeman will come to the lower house in person to support his second attempt to form a government, Czech Television reported. Mr. Babiš's planned government should undergo a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on July 11.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

The European Commission has announced that it will fine the Czech Republic CZK 7.5 billion for failing to observe regulations in the process of distributing agricultural subsidies. The Commission claims that the Czech Agriculture Ministry disregarded regulations introduced in 2015 which were to guarantee that EU agricultural subsidies would only be granted to firms which could prove that at least a third of their profit came from agricultural activities.

National | The Slovak Spectator

Czechs and Slovaks have rated the key events in domestic modern history, picking a wartime uprising, an anti-communist revolt and the rise of independent Slovakia. They also ranked top important personalities. Only the Velvet Revolution was chosen by both nations, the TASR newswire wrote on June 11. The other two events mentioned by Czechs were the period of the first Czechoslovak Republic (1918-1938) and the establishing of a sovereign Czech Republic in 1993.

Czech Republic and the EU | Radio Prague

Czech PM Andrej Babiš has said that in order to stem the flow of economic migrants into the EU, the border protection agency Frontex needs a clear mandate allowing its agents to operate "outside of Europe". In a statement to the European Commission on Monday, Babiš also said that Frontex needs "more than just a few boats" to do its job and therefore must be better funded.

National | Radio Prague

In response to numerous complaints with regard to abuse of the Czech visa system in Ukraine, the Czech consulate in Lvov has moved to simplify and speed up the process. Steps have been taken to root out corruption by local middlemen who blocked the registration system, making it virtually impossible for anyone else to sign up for months.

National | Radio Prague

A bridge in the southern town of Velké Meziříčí which was slated for demolition unexpectedly collapsed on Monday evening as workers started a probe on it. No one was hurt in the accident. The incident has raised fresh concern regarding the state of Czech bridges and footbridges many of which are in a bad state of disrepair.

National | Radio Prague

The opposition Christian Democrats plan to call on the government to drop a plan to reduce housing benefits for those on social welfare during a lower house session on Thursday. The party have been joined in their petition by the Pirates, TOP 09 and the Mayors and Independents.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says he regards a meeting on Tuesday between the leaders of the United States and North Korea positively. Mr. Babiš told reporters that he hoped the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore would produce results and remove the risk of war in the region.

National | Radio Prague

The population of the Czech Republic climbed slightly in the first quarter of this year to reach just over 10,613,000, according to official figures released on Tuesday. The population at the end of March was around 3,300 higher than at the end of 2017.