News South Moravia region to make Amazon new offer after Brno rejects distribution centre plans

19-03-2014 16:15 updated | Jan Richter

The South Moravian region will make a new offer to the US-based online retailer Amazon, the region’s governor, Michal Hašek told a news conference in Brno on Wednesday. The announcement comes a day after Brno’s municipal assembly rejected Amazon’s plan to build a distribution centre outside the city. Mr Hašek, of the Social Democrats, did not mention a specific location but said if accepted by the retailer, the project would be approved by regional authorities. The state CzechInvest agency also said it would offer the company alternative locations. Amazon’s planned 2.7 billion crown investment in Brno was rejected over problems with altering the city’s zoning plans. A similar distribution centre for Amazon will be built outside Prague.

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Former parking lot on Prague square to be used for cultural events

01-07-2016 14:07 | Jan Velinger

An area of Prague’s picturesque Malostranské naměstí in the historic centre which served as a parking lot has changed status and will now be used for cultural events, Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová confirmed. The site is now to undergo renovation and repairs. The former parking lot is located around the corner from the lower house of Parliament and was reportedly used at times by MPs. 

Property bill passes in lower house

01-07-2016 13:48 | Jan Velinger

Lawmakers on Friday passed legislation in a final reading which will require owners to explain how their assets increased out of all proportion to their declared earnings, based on a difference of at least seven million crowns. The tax office will in future be able to levy strict fines in cases where owners were not able to explain the source of assets or were unwilling to cooperate. The bill passed by a wide margin; and it will now be sent to the upper chamber for debate. 

Charges against one of two Czechs suspected of having thrown eggs at president dropped

01-07-2016 12:39 | Jan Velinger

State prosecutors have dropped legal proceedings against one of two Czechs suspected of having thrown eggs at Czech President Miloš Zeman during a 2014 ceremony marking 25 years since the fall of communism in Europe. The news was confirmed by the Czech News Agency on Friday. The second suspect is still under investigation. Two years ago, on the occasion of November 17th (which marks the beginning of the Velvet Revolution in 1989) Mr Zeman was jeered by hundreds of demonstrators who expressed protest over the head of state’s alleged close ties to Russia, fondness for alcohol and use of expletives in a now infamous interview for Czech Radio. There were calls for him to step down and his security detail used umbrellas to deflect eggs pelted by unknown assailants. 

Norwegian court confirms decision to remove sons from Czech mother

01-07-2016 09:10 | Ruth Fraňková

A Norwegian court on Thursday upheld its earlier decision regarding Czech mother Eva Michaláková to remove her parental rights for her two sons, Czech Television reported on Friday. However, the judge refused to let one of the sons be taken for adoption. The two children, who are now 10 and eight years old, were taken into care by Norwegian social services five years ago following suspicions of abuse. The case has become a major media and political issue in the Czech Republic with past interventions by head of state Miloš Zeman, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other politicians. Mrs Michaláková, who is seeking to get her sons returned, can appeal the verdict. 

Members of Czech Olympic team to undergo Zika virus tests

01-07-2016 09:10 | Ruth Fraňková

All members of the Czech Olympic team will undergo free tests for the Zika virus immediately after their return from Brazil, Health Minister Svatopluk Němeček announced on Thursday. The tests will be carried out by a laboratory at the Health Institute in Ostrava, north Moravia. The ministry has also issued recommendations for visitors to the Summer Olympic Games, which are to be held in Rio de Janeiro on from August 5 to August 21. 

Black Sabbath to perform in Prague on Thursday night

30-06-2016 17:51 | Ruth Fraňková

The legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath is set to perform at a sold-out Prague’s O2 Arena on Thursday night. The concert is part of an alleged final concert tour. The line-up includes three out the band’s four original members: frontman Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bass guitarist Terrence ‘Geezer’ Butler. The final European tour of the legendary band started on June 20. Black Sabbath last performed in the Czech Republic three years ago. 

Czech improves figures on Czech economy growth

30-06-2016 17:50 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech Republic’s Gross Domestic Product rose by 4.5 percent year-on-year in 2015 and by 2.7 in the previous year, according to the revised data released by the Czech Statistical Office on Thursday. The revised figures are slightly higher than the previous estimates, according to which the Czech economy grew by 4.2 percent last year and by 2 percent in 2014. 

Strýcová advances to second round at Wimbledon

30-06-2016 16:54 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has advanced to the second round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon. The tournament’s 24th seed beat Annet Kontaveit of Estonia 4:6, 6:4 and 6:4. Another Czech, Karolína Plíšková, was knocked out on Thursday after losing to Japan’s Misaki Doi 6:7, 3:6 in the second round. 

Severe storms to hit southern and central part of Czech Republic

30-06-2016 15:55 | Ruth Fraňková

Meteorologists have issued a storm warning for the southern and central part of the Czech Republic. The storms, which could be accompanied by torrential rain, hail and high winds, are expected to hit the region on Thursday afternoon. The warning includes a call for people to secure their windows and garden furniture. 

Foreign Minister Zaorálek meets with Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko

30-06-2016 15:06 | Ruth Fraňková

Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, who is on a two-day official visit to Belarus, has met with the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko called for improved relations between Belarus and the EU. Mr Zaorálek is also set to meet with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei to discuss the democratization process in Belarus and examine possible ways for cooperation between Belarus and the EU within the framework of the Eastern Partnership. The Czech Foreign Minister is also scheduled to officially open a new building of the Czech embassy in Minsk. A Czech business delegation also accompanied the minister. They are hoping to land key contracts including one to develop the Minsk underground. 


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