Sunday, 17 February 2019

Prague Daily Monitor

Babis meets with V4 leaders and Merkel

Prague Daily Monitor |
8 Feb 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) met with the leaders of the Visegrad 4 countries and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, in Bratislava.

Stanek wants more money for culture ministry in 2020

Prague Daily Monitor |
7 Feb 2019

Culture Minister Antonín Staněk (CSSD) told Czech Television that he intends to ask for an additional CZK 2.4 billion in funds for the culture ministry next year. This year, the ministry will receive CZK 14.8 billion, and next year Staněk hopes to receive in excess of CZK 17 billion.

Babiš in Bratislava for V4 meeting with Merkel

Prague Daily Monitor |
7 Feb 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will be in Bratislava on Thursday for a joint Visegrad 4 meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to Vlada.cz, Babiš and the other V4 heads will discuss the upcoming European elections, the EU's external agenda and the Multiannual Financial Framework with Merkel.

Zeman writes to Guaidó, invites him to Prague

Prague Daily Monitor |
7 Feb 2019

President Miloš Zeman wrote to Juan Guaidó on Wednesday, a day after the Czech Republic recognised him as the new Venezuelan caretaker president. According to Hrad.cz, Zeman congratulated Guaidó and suggested, that just as the Czech Republic was celebrating 30 years of the Velvet Revolution, he hoped that Venezuela and Guaidó would have their chance at a revolution that would lead the country towards democracy. He also invited Guaidó to visit Prague.

Czech Railways paid out over CZK 2 million to compensate delays in 2018

Prague Daily Monitor |
7 Feb 2019

Czech Television reports that Czech Railways, for the first time, paid out over CZK 2 million in compensation, to passengers for delays, last year. This figure was 20% higher than the previous year, as the national railway operator paid out CZK 2,127,845 over 6748 instances in 2018.

Gov't hopes to introduce new construction law by end of 2019

Prague Daily Monitor |
6 Feb 2019

Czech Television reports that the government's new construction law, aims to create a 'super office' for construction permits by 2021. This 'super office' will have a single-window approval system, for all documentation required to begin construction.

Czechia will build home for 50 Syrian orphans in Syria

Prague Daily Monitor |
6 Feb 2019

Prime Minster Andrej Babiš (ANO) told Czech Television on Tuesday, that the Czech Republic would soon build a home and a school for 50 orphans in Syria, which would be eventually expanded. Babiš mentioned this, after his meeting with the Syrian Red Crescent Society, which took place earlier in the day.

Babiš formally appeals conflict of interest ruling

Prague Daily Monitor |
6 Feb 2019

Lawyers for PM Andrej Babiš formally appealed against a ruling by the Černošice municipality which found that he had a conflict of interest, on Monday. The Černošice town hall had ruled against Babiš on January 23rd after a complaint from watchdog Transparency International about his conflict of interest in his role as PM and de facto owner of Agrofert.

Prague in middle of measles epidemic

Prague Daily Monitor |
5 Feb 2019

Novinky.cz reports that Prague is in the midst of a measles epidemic. 12 people were diagnosed with measles last week, taking the overall number to 35, since the beginning of the year. A restaurant in parliament was closed last week, because a member of the staff reported an infection.

Agriculture ministry mulls Polish beef ban

Prague Daily Monitor |
5 Feb 2019

Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman said that it was Poland's fault that contaminated beef was exported into the Czech Republic after meeting with the Polish Ambassador in Prague on Monday. His ministry is still mulling a ban on Polish beef after meat from sick cows made it into the country last week.

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