News UAE drops visa requirements for Czech citizens

22-03-2014 09:57 | Jan Richter

The United Arab Emirates has dropped visa requirements for Czech nationals. As of Saturday, the citizens of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and several other eastern European countries can travel to the Emirates without visas, saving around 2,000 crowns in fees. The move, announced earlier this month, comes in a reaction to the decision by the European Parliament to drop visa requirements for UAE citizens travelling to the EU’s Schengen zone. Around 50,000 Czechs travel to the UAE each year, according to the country’s travel agencies; some 20,000 of them travel through Dubai to other destinations.

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No Czechs reported dead in Nepal earthquake

25-04-2015 14:19 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is trying to contact all Czech citizens in Nepal, which was hit by a powerful earthquake on Saturday. Around 500 people are reported to have died during the earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, but the death toll is likely to be much higher, with many people still trapped under the rubble. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Michaela Lagronová said no Czech citiznes are reported to have died in the disaster. She also said the ministry is trying to locate all Czech citizens in the affected area, although it is very difficult under the present circumstances. 

Czech Foreign Ministry refuses to assist Night Wolves' ride

25-04-2015 12:49 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech Foreign Ministry has dismissed Russia's request for assistance in the Night Wolves' ride across the Czech territory, adding that riders must apply for a permit themselves. The ministry said on Friday that it would be difficult to settle the application in time. The Night Wolves, a motorcycle gang with close ties to the Kremlin, want to ride from Moscow to Berlin via Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria to commemorate the victory of the Soviet troops over the Nazi Germany 70 years ago. Poland has already refused their entry to the country. Meanwhile, President Miloš Zeman said on Friday that he could see nothing bad about the planned ride, describing the reactions to it as "hysterical". 

Former Czech ice hockey international to pay damages to family of car accident victim

25-04-2015 11:47 | Ruth Fraňková

Former Czech ice hockey international and coach Ladislav Lubina has been ordered to pay half a million crowns in damages to the family of a man he killed in a car accident, Mladá Fronta daily reported on Saturday. Lubina caused a four-vehicle crash near Hradec Králové in 2007, fleeing the scene. The man who was killed in the crash was the father of former football international Vratislav Lokvenc. However, Mr Lubina cannot pay the imposed fine since he has declared insolvency and faces seizure of property. 

Police conclude investigation into murder of Czech tourists in Egypt

25-04-2015 09:59 | Ruth Fraňková

Police have concluded an investigation into the murder of two Czechs, a mother and daughter, who died in the Hurgada resort in summer 2013, Mladá Fronta daily wrote on Saturday. The father of the family, Petr Kramný, was charged with murdering his 36-year old wife and eight-year-old daughter by electrocution. Mr Kramný, who has been in custody since February 2014, denies any wrongdoing and insists that his wife and daughter were poisoned. If convicted of the murders Kramný faces from 15 to 20 years in jail. 

Czechs beat Finland 3:2 in ice hockey warm-up

25-04-2015 09:28 | Ruth Fraňková

In ice hockey, the Czech national team beat Finland for the second time in three days with a 3:2 victory in Brno on Friday. The decisive goal came from Jakub Voráček in a shootout. Two of the other Czech goals were scored by Michal Jordán and Vladimír Sobotka. Jaromír Jágr also featured in the Czech line-up. The duel, which was part of the Euro Hockey Tour, was the last warm up match for the world championships, which start in Prague and Ostrava at the beginning of May. 

EC launching consumer rights campaign in Czech Republic

24-04-2015 19:00 | Daniela Lazarová

The European Commission will launch an information campaign on consumer rights in the Czech Republic in order to increase people’s awareness of their rights when buying goods or taking consumer loans, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumer Issues and Gender Equality Věra Jourová told journalists on Friday. The campaign will target particularly young people aged 18-35 years who are considering taking the first consumer loan. According to a recent poll conducted by the TNS agency, 38 percent of Czechs do not feel sufficiently informed about their rights relating to consumer loans and only 30 percent of Czechs read the conditions of a loan carefully before signing the deal. 

Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Czech Republic

24-04-2015 18:07 updated | Daniela Lazarová

Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from President Miloš Zeman to visit the Czech Republic. The Czech head of state, who was granted an audience by the Holy Father in the Vatican on Friday, said the date of the visit has yet to be set but should take place by the spring of 2018, before the end of his first term in office. The Czech president expressed great admiration for the Pope’s leadership of the Catholic Church saying that the Holy Father’s philosophy reflected his own beliefs. Mr. Zeman brought the Pope a copy of the famous Infant Jesus of Prague, a wax statuette made in Spain in the 16th century which is highly revered particularly in the Hispanic world, where Pope Francis comes from. 

US historical liberation convoy rides through Prague

24-04-2015 17:43 | Daniela Lazarová

A convoy of 30 historical U.S. military vehicles rode through Prague on Friday within celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the country’s liberation from Nazi rule. According to the organizers, the ride was organized not only in remembrance of US war veterans, but also to symbolically fulfil the unfulfilled wish of General George Smith Patton to liberate Prague. Although General Patton’s army could have progressed to Prague he was bound by an agreement with Russia to stop at the demarcation line in western Bohemia. The convoy´s arrival in Prague annually opens its tour of western Bohemian towns that were liberated by the 3rd U.S. army under Patton´s command. It will culminate with a ceremonial parade in the West Bohemian town of Plzen on May 3. 

Ekoplast Slusovice to get medicinal marihuana deal

24-04-2015 16:44 | Daniela Lazarová

The State Office for Drug Control is poised to sign an agreement with the firm Ekoplast Slušovice which won a tender to produce medicinal marihuana for the Czech market. The Anti-Monopoly Office which was looking into the conditions of the tender has closed the case after failing to find any irregularities. Medicinal marihuana is already available on the market but is imported and thereby extremely expensive for patients. Presently one gram of medicinal marihuana costs 300 crowns while Ekoplast Slušovice won the tender with a projected price of just 68 crowns per gram. 

Czech firms have strong presence at Shanghai Technology Fair

24-04-2015 15:53 | Daniela Lazarová

Some 60 Czech firms are presenting their goods at the Shanghai International Technology Fair, within a Czech Days in Shanghai promotion event organized by the Czech China Chamber of Commerce, the ctk news agency reports. The participants are businesses from high-tech sectors: environmental technology, machinery, aviation, IT and nano and bio technologies, among others. Skoda Auto which is already well-established on the Chinese market is presenting it latest models. A Czech-Chinese business forum is also being held on the sidelines of the fair, attended by Czech Industry Minister Jan Mládek and the Speaker of the lower house of Parliament Jan Hamáček. A Czech Moser glass store is to open in Shanghai on Saturday. 



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