Sunday, 17 February 2019

Prague Daily Monitor

Government approves e-vignettes

Prague Daily Monitor |
5 Feb 2019

The government is considering the introduction of e-vignettes for highway tolls by 2021. The move was approved during a cabinet meeting held on Monday, according to Vlada.cz. The new e-vignettes will completely replace the current paper stickers, but the price for the yearly vignettes, is expected to remain at CZK 1500.

Czech Republic recognizes Guaido as Venezuelan president

Prague Daily Monitor |
5 Feb 2019

Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (ČSSD) formally announced on Monday, that the Czech Republic now recognises opposition leader Juan Guaido as the new, caretaker President of Venezuela. The Czech Republic joined a host of other European and Western states in recognizing Guaido, after President Nicolas Maduro failed to respond to a deadline set by the West, to call elections before Sunday.

Army numbers at record high

Prague Daily Monitor |
4 Feb 2019

Czech Television reports that the Czech Army is currently at its largest, since mandatory military service ended in 2004. The army currently comprises of about 25,000 men and women but is still short of 2200 people, which it plans to recruit in 2019.

Country in the midst of snow chaos, again

Prague Daily Monitor |
4 Feb 2019

Large parts of the country were blanketed with heavy snowfall over the weekend. This is the third such wave of heavy snowfall this winter, which has caused widespread chaos, with highways being shut and falling trees felling overhead electric lines.

New train station at Výtoň being planned

Prague Daily Monitor |
4 Feb 2019

Czech Television reports that City Hall is planning to create a new train station, at the Výtoň embankment in Prague 2, in the near future. The station's opening will however be linked to the fate of the historic, metal railway bridge at Výtoň, which is structurally unsound and will either be rebuilt or repaired.

Mortgages reach record level in 2018

Prague Daily Monitor |
1 Feb 2019

Czech Television reports, based on data from the Czech National Bank, that the total amount of mortgages and housing loans taken out in the country in 2018, rose to CZK 232 billion. This is CZK 15 billion higher than the amount in 2017. The Czech National Bank introduced stringent new regulations on mortgages in October 2018, but despite that, mortgages rose in November, before falling in December in a year-on-year comparison. The country's overall indebtedness also rose.

Prague officials may move to Karlín barracks

Prague Daily Monitor |
1 Feb 2019

Czech Television reports that city officials might be relocated to the empty Karlín barracks, if the deal Prague is making with the national government, goes through. The arrangement would see Prague receive the massive property in Karlín as part of an exchange for land which will be used to construct PM Andrej Babiš' new government district in Letňany.

Czech truck driver gets 2 years in prison for illegal migrants in his truck

Prague Daily Monitor |
1 Feb 2019

In a controversial judgement on Thursday, a court in France increased the sentence of a Czech truck driver, who was found with illegal migrants hiding in the back of his truck. Jiří Sagan saw his sentence extended from 18 months to 2 years, after French prosecutors appealed against his original sentence.

Zeman meets with Chinese Ambassador and Huawei boss

Prague Daily Monitor |
1 Feb 2019

President Miloš Zeman met with the Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jianmin, the head of Huawei in Europe, James Li and Xi Peng, another senior official at the Chinese telecommunications firm, at Prague Castle, on Thursday.

Prague will support new gov't district in Letňany, in exchange for a ring road

Prague Daily Monitor |
31 Jan 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) met with Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) on Wednesday, and the two have come to an agreement on Babiš' proposed new government district in Letňany. Prague will sell the government the land for the district, in exchange for government funding for the completion of the Prague's internal ring road.

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