Friday, 18 January 2019
National | Radio Prague

This time of year, everyone is naturally taking stock of 2018 – the highs and lows of the past year – and what may lie ahead. Meanwhile, in Brussels, the EU's direct initiative to identify, debunk and counter Russia's disinformation campaign has come out with a list entitled "What did not happen in 2018?"

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Education Minister Robert Plaga (ANO) announced on Thursday that he intends to ask the ruling coalition to consider giving 170,000 children, at kindergartens and primary schools, free lunches.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague's Emergency Rescue Service (ZZS HMP) had a busy year in 2018 and plans to grow in 2019 to be able to provide better coverage. The ZZS HMP plans to increase the number of employees this year by recruiting dozens of new workers and will expand its fleet with 15 new vehicles.

Prague | Prague TV

The new administration at Prague's City Hall is already looking at how to handle next year's fireworks display on New Year's Day. Options including a light show with drones are being considered to reduce noise.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) and his wife Monika, called upon President Miloš Zeman and his wife Ivana, on Thursday at the Lány Chateau. They met for the traditional New Year's lunch between the Head of State and the Head of Government.

Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Hospodářské noviny reports that EU auditors will begin a thorough check of Agrofert's books in the next few days, complicating matters for Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO). The auditors will look at records of EU subsidies granted to Agrofert over the last six years to ascertain whether Babiš' position as PM places him in a conflict of interest over his involvement with Agrofert. Technically, Babiš no longer owns the company, having placed his shares in a trust while he was in government.

National | Radio Prague

Czechs are increasingly concerned about threats related to climate change, suggests a freshly published survey. According to the study by the Median agency, they are mostly worried about drinking water becoming scarce and the impact of drought on the food harvest.

Politics | Business | Radio Prague

Not since 2013 has a seated Czech president addressed the nation on New Year's Day: the current head of state, Miloš Zeman, has taken to delivering an address on the day after Christmas. This year, for the first time, the heads of both houses of parliament have taken up the mantle, calling for greater civility in 2019.

National | Pew Research Center

On Jan. 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, an event sometimes called the "Velvet Divorce." But despite having been one nation for roughly 75 years, the two countries have very different religious profiles, according to a recent Pew Research Center study.

Prague | Prague TV

Most people have probably never noticed that almost every lamppost or lighting column in Prague has a code number on a small metal plaque. The city's emergency services including police, fire and ambulances, have a database of these numbers.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague Zoo had a very good year, but fell short of breaking the all-time attendance record. Attendance in 2018 exceeded 1.4 million people for the third time and reached 1,427,491 visitors, the third highest total ever.

Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Právo reports that unidentified miscreants destroyed panels being exhibited as part of the Faces of the Century exhibition at the Piazetta of the National Theatre in Prague. Approximately 25 masked vandals destroyed six of the thirteen panels that make up the exhibition in the early hours of New Year's Day.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Heavy snowfall on Wednesday wreaked havoc in many parts of the country, with villages and towns in mountainous regions being particularly affected.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that the Czech Hydrometereological Institute found that the air quality in major Czech cities suffered significantly on New Year's Eve.

Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

The annual New Year's Day fireworks display from Letna Park took place on Tuesday evening. This year's display marked the beginning of a year-long commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.