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Prague Daily Monitor

Dazza and Salpeter win Prague Marathon

Prague Daily Monitor |
6 May 2019

Moroccan-Bahraini athlete El Mahjoub Dazza won the men's race in the 25th Volkswagen Prague Marathon, held on Sunday. Israeli athlete Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, set a new race record of 2:19:46, to comfortably win the women's race, finishing almost three minutes ahead of second placed Shitaye Eshete of Ethiopia.

PM Babiš does U-turn on bank tax

Prague Daily Monitor |
6 May 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) told television host Vaclav Moravec on Sunday that a proposed bank tax, presented by his coalition partner, the Social Democrats, is nonsense. Instead, Babiš would prefer to see a special fund created, where banks could deposit 10 to 20% of their dividend payouts and the money could be collectively used to boost investment in the country. Last week, Babiš had said it was possible a bank tax could be proposed. ODS Chairman Petr Fiala who was on the show with Babiš, suggested that Babis was just posturing, with empty words.

Zeman in favour of digital tax

Prague Daily Monitor |
6 May 2019

President Milos Zeman told Blesk Zpravy over the weekend that he was in favour of a proposed 7% digital tax on large internet companies, like Facebook and Google. Zeman quoted the example of Austria, where a similar tax is already in place and suggested it had been successful.

Industry and Trade Minister Havlíček names new deputies

Prague Daily Monitor |
3 May 2019

Karel Havlíček, who took over as the new Minister for Industry and Trade, on Tuesday, announced that he had chosen his new deputy ministers. According to Seznam Zprávy, Silvana Jirotková, the current head of Czech Invest, will be the new First Deputy Minister.

Number of measles cases at University Hospital in Ostrava rises to six

Prague Daily Monitor |
3 May 2019

Czech Television reports that the number of confirmed cases of measles, at the Cardiac Surgery Centre of the University Hospital in Ostrava, has risen to six. Five of the six, are employees of the centre and the other is a trainee.

Huge fire and accident on Prague Ring Road

Prague Daily Monitor |
3 May 2019

A prison service bus collided with two freight lorries on the Prague Ring Road, near Reporyje, in the direction of the airport, on Thursday afternoon, resulting in a huge fire and road closures. The National Police (Policie CR) tweeted that one of the trucks was carrying military equipment.

Czech central bank raises interest rate

Prague Daily Monitor |
3 May 2019

The Czech National Bank raised the basic interest rate by 0.25%, from 1.75%, to 2%, The decision was announced after the meeting of the governing council on Thursday, May 2nd, in Prague. In addition, the Lombard rate was raised to 3%, and the discounted interest rate to 1%.

Výstaviště renovations taking shape

Prague Daily Monitor |
2 May 2019

City Hall is going forward with plans to renovate Výstaviště in Prague's Holešovice district. It will be transformed into an area where Praguers can spend their free time. In addition to larger-scale investment projects, which have been planned for the area for many years, smaller, but more practical adjustments will begin.

Klaus says EU accession was necessary at the time, but now it's different

Prague Daily Monitor |
2 May 2019

Former President Václav Klaus told Czech Television on Wednesday that he pushed forward the Czech Republic's accession to the European Union in his time as Prime Minister in the nineties, despite having personal reservations against it, because the country didn't have another alternative at that time. Klaus was the president of the country when it joined the group in 2004.

Babiš attends EU accession celebrations in Warsaw

Prague Daily Monitor |
2 May 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) attended celebrations in Warsaw, on Wednesday May 1st, to mark the 15th anniversary of the Czech Republic and Poland's accession to the European Union.

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