Friday, 19 October 2018

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Czech ambassador to Zambia on renewing old contacts and forging new ties

Radio Prague |
31 August 2018

When the Czech Republic re-opened its embassy in Zambia last year after a twenty-five-year break, Radek Rubeš handed over his credentials to President Edgar Lungu and set about re-establishing the Czech presence in Lusaka.

Czech PM to visit Great Britain in October

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

Prime Minister Andrej Babis is likely to visit Great Britain at the end of October, for talks on bilateral relations post-Brexit, the Czech Republic's ambassador to London, Libor Sečka told the ctk news agency. If the visit goes ahead as planned, the prime minister would hold talks with his British counterpart Theresa May and attend a concert of the Czech Philharmonic held on the occasion of the centenary of Czechoslovakia.

Czech Outdoor to dismantle its roadside billboards

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

The Czech Outdoor advertising agency has promised to remove all its roadside billboards by the end of September, according to Transport Ministry spokesman Jakub Stadler. This is in line with a 2017 law which bans advertisement billboards within 250 meters from main roads and highways for safety reasons.

Radim Dragoun to head police oversight agency

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

The government has approved the appointment of state attorney Radim Dragoun as head of the General Inspectorate of the Security Forces. Prime Minister Babis should officially appoint him to office on September 1st.

President defends Czech participation in Afghan foreign mission

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

President Miloš Zeman has defended Czech participation in NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. In an address to Czech ambassadors, who are assembled in Prague for their annual consultations, President Zeman said that Czech soldiers in Kabul were fighting for Prague, and their presence there was vital for the country's national interests.

Cottage prices rising fast, study finds

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

The upswing in apartment and house prices in the Czech Republic has spread to the market for cottages and chalets. Indeed, such recreational homes have gone up by an average of 20 percent in the last year, according to a company that monitors property prices.

State to make major investment in rental flats

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

With property prices soaring, more and more Czechs are finding it hard to find affordable housing. Now the government has come out with one possible solution – a programme of major investment in state apartments that would be rented out by municipalities.

Gov't agrees on public sector salary increases, cut in support for NGOs

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

The centrist Ano party and its junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, have reached a framework agreement on increasing public sector salaries. While the specifics have not yet been made public, the coalition has agreed on a differentiated range of salary increases of about 8 per cent on average, with workers who now earn the least set to get the biggest raises.

Wage growth faster in public than private sector in 2017

Radio Prague |
29 August 2018

Average earnings in the public sector have been rising more quickly than in the private sector in the Czech Republic, according to official figures quoted by the Czech News Agency. Wages rose by an average of 8.4 percent among public sector employees in 2017, compared to an average rise of 6.8 percent for those working in the private sphere.

Police investigate ex-wife's claim Paroubek had illegal earnings

Radio Prague |
29 August 2018

The police have begun investigating claims by the ex-wife of former prime minister Jiří Paroubek that he illegally acquired millions of crowns while he was the leader of the Social Democrats, iRozhlas.cz reported, citing a state attorney. Petra Paroubková made the allegations in an interview last week. The pair are currently divorcing. Mr. Paroubek says his ex-partner is attempting to scupper his chances in Senate elections in October, when he will be standing as an independent.

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