News Open Doors day at Czech Radio

07-06-2014 14:10 | Daniela Lazarová

Czech Radio opened its doors to the public on Saturday giving people a chance to view the process of live broadcasting, pre-recording of children’s stories and minute plays and meet with popular radio personalities. Guided tours are available between 9 am and 5 pm and the public is being invited to view a collection of historic radio receivers or visit the radio store to buy recordings of successful radio plays or concerts by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Spending watchdog says publicity campaigns fail to boost awareness of EU programmes

27-06-2016 13:02 | Chris Johnstone

The Czech state’s spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, has concluded in a report that awareness among most Czechs of how EU funds were spent and the existence of various operational programmes has not increased in spite of the hundreds of millions of crowns spent by ministries to publicize them. The office said around 250 million crowns was spent between 2008 and 2015. Around half that total was spent on a series of tv spots which the office said offered hardly any basic information. The ministries of labour and social affairs, regional development, and education were the biggest spenders on publicity material. 

Finance ministry cuts funds earmarked for servicing national debt

27-06-2016 13:02 | Chris Johnstone

The Czech Ministry of Finance has cut the estimated cash set aside this year for servicing the state debt. The total has been reduced to 337.4 billion crowns from 342 billion crowns. Last year the total was 311.2 billion crowns. The cut is the result of the latest mid-term economic outlook and April’s macro-economic estimate. The expected public deficit for this year has been set at 70 billion crowns. 

Czech PM says EU best way to avoid mistakes of 20th century

27-06-2016 12:17 | Chris Johnstone

The Czech prime minister said that he fears that there will be a new wave of separatism following the British Brexit vote. Speaking in an interview with Austrian paper, Der Standard, Bohuslav Sobotka said the British vote would probably encourage nationalism and separatism. He maintained that the European project is still the best guarantee that the horrors of the 20th century are not repeated. The Czech prime minister warned thought that the EU should reform itself so that it can be more effective, more flexible, and less bureaucratic. Foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek said after a meeting of foreign ministers from the Visegrad Four as well as France and Germany that Britain’s exist should not stop the EU’s evolution. He said new relations with Britain should be on friendly terms. Zaorálek added that rapid further EU steps towards integration would be the wrong response to the British referendum result. 

Government moves to relax qualification rules for nursing sisters

27-06-2016 12:17 | Chris Johnstone

The government has moved to relax the rules for nursing sisters to qualify in the future in a move that is being described as a step towards the stabilisation of the health sector. In what has been described as the four plus one formula, sisters will in future have to undergo one year of special training after four years of high school. In the past they were expected to undergo the equivalent of three years of bachelor studies. 

Special Czech working group to deal with Brexit

27-06-2016 12:16 | Chris Johnstone

The Czech government has decided to create a special working group to deal with the possible implications of ‘Brexit,’ the result of last week’s British referendum decision to leave the EU. The group will be headed by the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Tomáš Prouza. It will mainly focus on determining the Czech priorities in the upcoming negotiations with Britain. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced the step on his Twitter account. 

V4, German and French ministers to discuss Brexit vote fallout in Prague Monday

27-06-2016 08:03 | Ian Willoughby

The foreign ministers of the Visegrad Four, Germany and France are to meet in Prague on Monday, a day before a summit in Brussels focused on the United Kingdom’s plan to exit the European Union. The ministers are expected to discuss responsibility for the outcome of the Brexit vote, EU reform and possible personnel changes at the head of the bloc, the Czech News Agency reported. On Sunday the Czech foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, said the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, bore responsibility for the outcome of the UK vote and should step down. 

Kampa event to mark anniversary of death of Milada Horáková

27-06-2016 07:44 | Ian Willoughby

An event commemorating Milada Horáková and other victims of the Communist regime is being held in Prague on Monday, which is the anniversary of her execution following a show trial in 1950. The public are being invited to light candles at the gathering at Kampa Museum at 20:30. Other memorial events are also being held on Monday, including at Pankrác prison, where politician Milada Horáková became the only women put to death by the Communists. 

Over 10 tonnes of chemicals removed from private home

26-06-2016 18:48 | Ian Willoughby

Over 10 tonnes of chemicals have been removed from private home at Nedvědice near Brno. Fire officers began carting off the chemicals on Friday following the death of the owner of the house, who had collected them over the years, and had expected they would total 3 tonnes. The chemicals could have been dangerous if they came into contact with other materials or even reacted with air or water. In view of the seriousness of the situation the local governor declared a state of emergency to allow for fire officers and chemists to remove and destroy the chemicals without delay. 

EC chief Juncker should quit over Brexit, says Zaorálek

26-06-2016 14:31 | Ian Willoughby

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, bears responsibility for the people of the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union and should step down, the Czech minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, said on Czech Television on Sunday. Mr. Zaorálek said Mr. Juncker was in his view not the right man for the job. The Czech foreign policy chief also said that talks between Brussels and London over managing the UK’s exit should be launched as quickly as possible. 

Zeman: Brexit vote means EU will not be equal partner to China, Russia or US

26-06-2016 13:16 | Ian Willoughby

President Miloš Zeman says the UK’s vote to quit the European Union is bad for both sides. Speaking on TV Prima, Mr. Zeman said Britons would have not backed Brexit if the EU were headed by forceful personalities, adding that he had hoped the union would be an equal partner in dialogue with China, Russia and the US, but that would not now happen. The head of state also said he believed that Scotland was now likely to quit Great Britain, which would further undermine the UK economically. 


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