Sunday, 17 February 2019

Prague Daily Monitor

Chamber passes special hard Brexit bill

Prague Daily Monitor |
24 Jan 2019

The Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of a fast-tracked bill introduced by the government, which addresses the impact of a hard Brexit on British citizens living in Czechia. Should the UK exit the EU at the end of March, without an agreement, British citizens in the country would have the same status as third-country nationals from outside the EU, radically altering their rights to work and reside in the country. There are about 8000 Brits living in the country, according to estimates from the Interior Ministry.

Chamber overrides Senate on state secretaries

Prague Daily Monitor |
24 Jan 2019

The Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday overrode the Senate's veto on an amendment to the Civil Service Act, which sought to allow ministers to fire state secretaries. A state secretary is currently the highest ranked civil servant in a given ministry and can only be removed in the case of gross misconduct.

Chamber overrides Senate veto on sick leave

Prague Daily Monitor |
23 Jan 2019

The Chamber of Deputies overrode a Senate veto on changes to the Labour Code, on Tuesday. The changes will see employees get paid 60% of their salaries, during the first three days of sick leave. Currently, employees receive nothing, during the first three days they are sick, after which sickness insurance kicks in. The changes to the Labour Code, were a major point on the agenda of the Social Democrats, the junior partner in the governing coalition.

More than 10% of Prague residents find it difficult to survive on their wages

Prague Daily Monitor |
23 Jan 2019

Novinky.cz reports, based on data from the Czech Statistical Office, that over 10% of the capital's residents are short of money and find it difficult to survive on their wages. This is mainly due to rapidly rising housing and living costs in the city, despite Prague having the highest average wage in the country.

Ostrava to scrap paper transport tickets

Prague Daily Monitor |
22 Jan 2019

Právo reports that the Ostrava Transport Company (DPO), will stop printing and selling paper transport tickets, from January 1st, 2020. DPO estimates that the move will save the company over CZK 15 million, annually.

CZK 3 billion worth of state bonds sold

Prague Daily Monitor |
22 Jan 2019

The Finance Ministry announced on Monday, that orders for the specially issued Republic bonds, timed to celebrate the centenary of the Czechoslovak Republic, crossed CZK 3 billion.

Flu epidemic is serious

Prague Daily Monitor |
22 Jan 2019

The National Institute of Public Health (SZU) announced on its website, that the country was in the throes of a serious influenza outbreak, at the end of the third week of 2019. It is estimated that the current infection rate is about 1158 people in 100,000, with 1500 per 100,000, being epidemic level.

Price of water at highest ever

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Jan 2019

Czech Television reports that the countrywide average price of a cubic metre of water, will cross CZK 90, sometime this year. This is the highest it has ever been, and the price has risen due to greater demand and the drought-like situation, which affected many parts of the country in 2018.

Ťok says he will propose changes to driving laws in February

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Jan 2019

Transport Minister Dan Ťok (ANO) told Television Prima, on Sunday, that his ministry would propose changes to the current set of driving laws, in parliament this month.

Pirates chose Marcel Kolaja to lead European campaign

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Jan 2019

The Pirate Party chose software expert Marcel Kolaja, to lead its campaign, for the European Parliamentary elections, in May, at the party congress in Tabor, over the weekend. According to Czech Television, the Pirates will be aiming for at least 20% of the vote, up from the 4.78% they got in the 2014 elections.

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