The Czech Republic filed a lawsuit against the EU directive restricting firearms possession with the European Court of Justice on Wednesday with a demand that the directive become invalid, the Interior Ministry told the Czech News Agency. Prague also filed a complaint against the effect of the directive that the EU member states must transpose into their legal orders by mid-September 2018. Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, whose office worked on the complaint alongside the foreign ministry, said he considered this was the only possible protection against directive’s impact. The European Parliament passed the directive tightening control of firearms in mid-March. Its aim is to prevent terrorists from gaining arms easily.
In tennis, Croat Marian Čilič and US player Sam Querrey have been named to the European and North Amercian squads for the Laver Cup to be staged in Prague in September. Čilič joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem already named for the European team. Querrey adds to the rival camp of John Isner, Jack Sock, and Canadian Milos Raonic. The tournament takes place between September 22 and 24.
A court in the eastern district of Zlín has handed down three sentences in the so-called methanol drinks affair. Daniel Rafa was given a four year sentence. Zdeněk Kopl was given a conditional sentence of seven months spread over two years. Petr Veselý was sentenced to 16 months spread over three years. The three were accused of mixing and selling the methanol tainted alcohol as part of a much bigger bootleg business. Around 50 people died as a result of consuming the deadly mix after the scandal broke in the Czech Republic in 2012. Kopl said he would appeal the sentence.
New operating licences for the Dukovany-3 and 4 nuclear reactors should be given by the end of the year, the deputy board chairman and finance director of ČEZ has announced. Martin Novák said that the applications had already been submitted to the State office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB). A new unlimited license for the second unit at Dukovany was granted by the office at the end of June. Dukovany is the oldest Czech nuclear reactor with the four units completed between 1985 and 1987. They were originally expected to be operational for 30 years.
Around half of Czech fathers would like to take long term parental leave but cannot because they are the main wage earner, the daily Lidové Noviny reported on Wednesday. At the moment only around 2.0 percent of Czech fathers take long term parental leave to look after their young children. One of the main factors is that they are the main wage earners with men’s wages on average 22.5 percent higher than women’s in the Czech Republic, the second highest difference in the EU.
Czech annual inflation was 2.5 percent in July speeding up from 2.3 percent in June, the Czech Statistical Office announced on Wednesday. The costs of food and non-alcoholic drinks, restaurants and hotels, and utility costs were among the main factors pushing prices higher. Month on month, prices rose by 0.5 percent. The Czech National Bank has a target of 2.0 percent inflation.
The Czech Constitutional Court has ruled in what is being described as a landmark decision in the case of two sisters whose parcel of land was confiscated by the communist regime. The court said that compensation for the parcel, which has since been built on and cannot be returned, should be reasonable and adequate. That would appear to shoot down the compensation of 75,000 crowns which has been offered to the sisters according to 1991 prices. The sisters had been claiming compensation of around 3.0 million crowns. The case will now have to be returned to a lower court. While setting a marker for many ongoing restitution cases, the ruling is unlikely to bring higher compensation for cases where meagre payments were already made, experts say.
A tram sporting rainbow colours will drive through Prague on Wednesday afternoon within the Prague Pride Festival celebrating LGBT culture. The tram ride, which has become a traditional part of the festival, aims to spread awareness and knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV. The week-long festival offers dozens of events, including lectures, debates and concerts. It will culminate with a march through the city centre on Saturday.
Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková regained the world title in London on Tuesday a decade after her first win in Osaka. Returning to the stadium in which she won her second Olympic title five years ago, the Czech world record-holder threw 66.76m in the second round, placing her ahead of China’s Lingwei Li with 66.25m. Špotáková told journalists nothing could surpass her joy at regaining the world title. “It was the reason for me to continue after Rio – the vision of London and coming back to London, I just love this stadium, I feel so strong, so confident here“ Špotáková said.