The prime ministers of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and the
president of France said at a joint news conference after a meeting in
Salzburg on Wednesday that the EU should find agreement by October on the
form of a directive on so-called posted workers. France’s Emmanuel Macron
said expert teams would discuss the contentious issue in the coming weeks.
The French and Austrian leaders said the period under which posted workers – who work temporarily in another EU state – can stay abroad and still pay social contributions in their home country should be reduced from two years to one.
However, the Czech Republic and Slovakia want the field of road transport exempted from the EU’s future directive.
Prior to Wednesday’s meeting Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka said the Visegrad Four states wished to see good conditions for their hauliers.
Stricter conditions on posted workers would impact truck drivers from former Eastern Bloc states who are deployed in Western parts of Europe.
The police are not willing to send members of the lower house’s mandates
and immunity committee copies of their file against the ANO MPs Andrej
Babiš and Jaroslav Faltýnek, who are accused of the abuse of EU
However, committee members will be able to read the file at a Prague police station, its chair, Miroslava Němcová, said on Wednesday.
The ANO deputies are accused of illicitly acquiring around CZK 50 million in EU grants in connection with the Stork’s Nest farm and hotel.
At the time it was owned by Mr. Babiš’s firm Agrofert. However, the party boss denies wrongdoing.
The Czech Republic has handed over to the German authorities a Vietnamese
citizen wanted in Germany on espionage charges, the Czech News Agency
reported. The man, who is 46, has permanent residence in the Czech
Earlier this month the German state prosecutor issued an international warrant for the arrest of the man, who is accused of being part of a group that kidnapped two Vietnamese people in Berlin on the orders of Vietnamese agents.
A restored version of the classic Miloš Forman film Black Peter will
receive its premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 4.
Representatives of the National Film Archive, which has restored Black
Peter, said they had consulted Forman and the film’s assistant director
Ivan Passer during the process.
During the restoration process a previously unknown extra scene was discovered. However, it has not been added to the movie and will only appear as a DVD extra.
Incumbent Milos Zeman says he fully respects the right of Senate speaker
Milan Štěch to set January 12 and 13 as the dates for the first round of
presidential elections. Communicating through a spokesperson, Mr. Zeman
said he himself had announced dates for October’s general elections with
time to spare.
Another candidate for head of state, scientist Jiří Drahoš, said that the dates were important for the public but would not greatly impact his team’s work. A third nominee, lyricist and businessman Michal Horáček, said he had fulfilled all the legal requirements for his campaign. Mr. Drahoš is the bookmakers’ favourite for the vote, which will see a second round on the third weekend of January.
Tram makers Škoda Transportation want to hold talks with the authorities
in Warsaw, after the Polish city cancelled a lucrative contract won by the
Czech firm. Hospodářské noviny reported on Wednesday that the order was
for over 200 trams at a value of CZK 16.6 billion. The newspaper said
Warsaw had cancelled the tender as it did not have the funds to cover the
The value of the contract exceeds Škoda Transportation’s entire revenues for the whole of 2016. A representative of the firm said it would offer the Warsaw authorities a reduced price to boost the city’s chances of drawing on EU subsidies.
Viktoria Plzeň have travelled to Cyprus for a Europa League qualifying
game against local club AEK Larnaca on Thursday night. The Czech league
champions fell behind in the home leg of that tie last week but went on to
If Plzeň, who have not won an away game in Europe for over two years, progress to the group stage of the competition for the third time in succession it will bring at least CZK 68 million into the club’s coffers.
The first round of presidential elections is set to take place on January 12 and 13. The head of the Upper House, the Senate, Milan Štěch, announced the date on Wednesday. Among the candidates for the post is the current head of state, Miloš Zeman, lyricist Michal Horáček and Jiří Drahoš, a former head of the Academy of Sciences, who have all already collected 50,000 signatures needed to officially register as candidates. The deadline for the registration for the campaign is November 7.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, along with his Slovak and Austrian
counterparts, Robert Fico and Christian Kern, are set to meet with French
President Emmanuel Macron in Salzburg on Wednesday. On the agenda of their
talks will be the future of the EU, social dumping and the EU directive on
posting of workers.
Prime minister Sobotka said earlier that he would like to call on French and Austrian firms to substantially raise the salaries of their employees in the Czech Republic.