News Metrostav broadens complaint against city of Prague

17-04-2014 14:16 | Jan Velinger

The construction company Metrostav has broadened for the second time a complaint against Prague City Hall over Blanka Tunnel and an alleged unpaid 3.7 billion crowns for the project which includes a new bridge in the Prague-Troja area. Prague City Hall said it had the funds to pay off bills due but no legal framework for payment after it came to light contracts between Metrostav and the city might be invalid. The matter ended up in arbitration court. Blanka Tunnel is expected to cost Prague some 36 billion crowns. It was originally meant to be opened in May; now a date in September is being discussed, after a preliminary decision ordered Metrostav to continue work on the tunnel complex.

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Czech mortgage loans market surges in 2015

11-02-2016 07:25 | Chris Johnstone

The total worth of mortgage loans offered last year came to a record 184 billion crowns, according to figures released by the Ministry for Regional Development. The number of clients taking out loans jumped to around 102,000. The main factor in the booming market was the low average interest rates on mortgages of around 2.14 percent. The mortgage loans total in 2014 came to around 143 billion crowns 

Czech defence minister floats idea of rotating V4 contingent in Baltics

11-02-2016 07:24 | Chris Johnstone

Minister of Defence Martin Stropnický has said that the Visegrad four regional grouping should consider sending a rotating contingent of troops to the Baltic States for training with local forces. The minister made the suggesting during an ongoing two-day ministerial meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The idea would in part answer the Baltic States’ repeated demands for a stepped up military presence from its allies given the increased fears and tension with neighbour Russia. 

Czech foreign minister says tackling ‘Balkans route’ a key priority

10-02-2016 18:48 | Chris Johnstone

Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek said on a visit to Macedonia on Wednesday that dealing with the so-called Balkans route for immigrants was a problem not just for local countries but was of key interest for the Czech Republic and the EU as a whole. The minister said his visit was not aimed at criticism of Macedonia for failing to stem the flow of immigrants northwards but to help find solutions. He highlighted the material and personnel help already offered by Prague, a contingent of Czech police are already helping their Macedonian colleagues. Zaorálek said it was too soon to say whether the Greek-Macedonian border would in future become the de facto border for immigrants seeking to enter the EU, a scenario floated given Greece’s difficulty dealing with the number of immigrants entering the country. 

Czech president confirms ransom sum for two women hostages in Pakistan

10-02-2016 17:59 updated | Chris Johnstone

Czech president Miloš Zeman confirmed on Wednesday that a ransom of around 150 million crowns was paid for the release of two Czech women who were held hostage in Pakistan for almost two years. He said the then government was faced with a difficult dilemma over whether to pay the sum demanded or see the women executed or sold into slavery. Zeman’s comments confirm the broad sum earlier reported by the weekly Respekt. But his words brought condemnation of the Czech head of state from prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka and from the head of the Christian Democrats, Pavel Bělobrádek who said that the confirmation of secret details served no useful purpose. The two Czechs were released in March last year. Zeman later said he had not confirmed anything but merley repeated information that was already public. 

Fifteen percent of elderly facing poverty says survey

10-02-2016 15:52 | Chris Johnstone

Around 15 percent of Czech elderly people are faced with poverty, a survey commissioned by the Czech Statistical Office has reported. It found those living on their own in old age, mostly women, are particularly vulnerable to hardship with around 75,000 elderly people falling into the poverty trap. Poverty is defined as having less than 60 percent of the average monthly income. 

Bill on electronic cash registers clears first barrier in lower house

10-02-2016 13:34 | Chris Johnstone

One of the flagship measures of Minister of Finance and ANO leader Andrej Babiš has been passed by the lower house of parliament. The proposal on electronic cash registers, which would become obligatory for nearly all transactions, was passed after most opposition members from the centre-right Civic Democrats and TOP 09 quit the chamber in protest. The protest had been held up by stalling tactics for much of the last year by the opposition. They say the move amounts to a flawed extra burden on small business. The government argues it will dramatically curb tax evasion and the gray economy. 

Court declares significant manufacturer Motorpal unable to meet debts

10-02-2016 12:20 | Chris Johnstone

Brno regional court has declared the Jihlava-based diesel engine and auto parts producer Motorpal unable to meet its debts. The company is a player on world markets and employs around 1,300 in Jihlava and more at other plants in the Czech Republic. It is a world player on the market for fuel injection systems for diesel engines. A restructuring plan, which was reported to have the backing of most of the banks and companies owed money, was not accepted by the court. Motorpal is reported to owe around 800 million crowns. It’s annual turnover in 2014 was around 1.3 billion crowns. 

Ukrainian ambassador complains about Crimea map error

10-02-2016 12:20 | Chris Johnstone

The Ukrainian ambassador in Prague has complained about the publication of a Czech map showing Crimea as part of Russia, according to a local news agency in Kiev. The offending map forms part of an Atlas of World Football published by the Ottovo publishing house last Autumn. The ambassador has pointed out Prague’s official stand is that Crimea has been illegally annexed and he reportedly called for the book to be withdrawn or corrected. The publisher has said the map was the result of human error. 

Czech-Slovak football club clash prepared for close of season

10-02-2016 12:19 | Chris Johnstone

A deal paving the way for a clash between Czech-Slovak football clubs at the end of this season is ready to be signed, the head of the Czech Football Association Miroslav Pelta announced on Wednesday. The clash should take place at the end of the season between the cup winning clubs from each country. Pelta said full details would be unveiled in May. Associations in both countries have been seeking ways of boosting their cooperation sundered with the split of former Czechoslovakia in 1993. 

NHL action: Plekanec gets double against Tampa Bay, Jágr scores 739th

10-02-2016 09:24 | Chris Johnstone

In the National Hockey League on Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens won their third straight game, downing Tampa Bay by a score of 4:2. The Habs are inching towards a final wild card berth for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tomáš Plekanec played a key role in the match, scoring twice and earning two assists. Afterwards, Plekanec was named the first star; the Czech forward has picked up a total of seven points in three games.

In other action, Jaromír Jágr scored for Florida against Buffalo, putting him two points off third-place Brett Hull (retired) for all-time NHL career goals. The Panthers beat the Sabres by a score of 7:4. 


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