Friday, 19 April 2019

Prague Daily Monitor

Prague 1 to begin trials to control noise on popular streets

Prague Daily Monitor |
2 Apr 2019

The Prague 1 municipality announced on Monday that a trial traffic-control regime would go into place for three weekends in April. The scheme will limit vehicular traffic to residents only, from 10 P.M. to 3 A.M to reduce street noise.

Marek Výborný elected Chair, as KDU-ČSL votes for new leadership

Prague Daily Monitor |
1 Apr 2019

The Christian Democrats at their internal party congress over the weekend, elected a new leadership team, replacing Pavel Bělobrádek and Marian Jurečka who have run the party since 2010. Marek Výborný was elected as the new Chairman of KDU-ČSL on Friday.

City Hall coalition in the midst of crisis

Prague Daily Monitor |
1 Apr 2019

Novinky.cz reports that the governing coalition running Prague City Hall is in the midst of a fractious internal debate over the city's housing crisis. The coalition is comprised of the Pirates, Praha sobě and the TOP 09 – STAN grouping.

Petříček to visit Latvia for V4-NB8 meeting

Prague Daily Monitor |
1 Apr 2019

Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek (CSSD) will visit Latvia on Monday for the annual meeting of Foreign Ministers from the Visegrad 4 (V4) and Nordic-Baltic (NB8) groupings. According to MZV.cz, the ministers will discuss security issues including Transatlantic cooperation, cyber security and hybrid threats.

Czech politicians congratulate Čaputová on her win

Prague Daily Monitor |
1 Apr 2019

A number of Czech politicians congratulated Zuzana Čaputová on winning the Slovak Presidential elections over the weekend. Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (ČSSD) tweeted that her win confirmed Slovakia's pro-European direction.

Vinohrady residents wary of asbestos risk from Transgas demolition

Prague Daily Monitor |
29 Mar 2019

Czech Television reports that some residents of Prague's Vinohrady district are worried about the risks posed by carcinogenic asbestos, that may be released in the ongoing demolition and reconstruction of the Transgas building, located behind the Museum.

Czech central bank keeps interest rate the same

Prague Daily Monitor |
29 Mar 2019

The Czech National Bank announced no change in the interest rate after its meeting on Thursday, in Prague. The basic interest rate will remain at 1.75%. Along with the base rate, the two-week repo rate of 1.75 percent, the discount rate at 0.75 percent and the Lombard rate at 2.75 percent, all remain the same.

Another March opinion poll shows ANO winning

Prague Daily Monitor |
29 Mar 2019

Novinky.cz reports based on a political opinion poll by Median, in March 2019 that the ruling ANO party, continues to enjoy mass support across the country.

City will take control of Na Františku Hospital

Prague Daily Monitor |
29 Mar 2019

Novinky.cz reports that the City of Prague will take control of the Na Františku Hospital which is currently being administered by Prague 1 municipality, from the end of June 2019. Representatives of the local council, City Hall and the hospital agreed to the transfer on Thursday.

Finance ministry considering raising prices on cigarettes

Prague Daily Monitor |
28 Mar 2019

Pravo reports that the Ministry of Finance is considering raising taxes on tobacco products. A ministry spokesperson told Pravo that the ministry is currently in the process of analysing by how much to raise taxes, in a proposed amendment to the law, which should come into effect in 2020.

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