Czech manufacturing business sentiment beat expectations in November, reaching its highest point since August 2018, the Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) showed on Tuesday. The headline PMI reading rose for the seventh consecutive month to 53.9 in November from 51.9 in October, moving further away from April’s low, data compiled by IHS Markit showed.Continue Reading

A European Commission auditing review has confirmed that Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš breached domestic and EU conflict of interest legislation. The report, dated October 22 and seen by Politico, finds that Babiš controls the Agrofert conglomerate — which includes a wide range of companies in the agri-food sector — despite having transferred his assets into two trust funds in 2017 after a Czech transparency law was passed.Continue Reading

The administration of the Krkonoše National Park in the north-west of the Czech Republic has been reviving fruit orchards and alleys at the foothills of the country’s highest mountains. It has already planted dozens of fruit trees, mainly apples, pears and cherries, which used to be part of the landscape for centuries.Continue Reading

Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová plans to propose a reduction in value added tax (VAT) on period products, such as tampons and sanitary pads, to 10 percent from the current 21 percent. The news comes a week after Scotland became the first country in the world to make such products free and readily available for all.Continue Reading

The Christmas tree on the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) will be taken down after it serves its purpose in the centre of Prague. However, its journey will not end there. The 17.5-meter Christmas tree from Kamenný Přívoz embarked on a long journey on its way to Prague’s historical center. It’s decorated with six kilometers of Christmas chains, 40 stars and 300 Christmas ornaments. The Christmas tree will stay on the Old Town Square until the 6th January. After that, once it’s taken down, its branches will be delivered to Czech zoo as per annual tradition. The branches will serve as food for some of the inhabitants such as giraffes. The trunk will be delivered to Střední odborná škola JarovContinue Reading