The opposition is attacking Topolánek’s cabinet because of money that is to be spent on open sandwiches. The Office of the Government has increased the refreshment budget by more than CZK 10 million in the past two years. Ministries will also spend extra millions, as they will provide European officials and politicians with food and drink during the Czech EU presidency. MPs discussed the Office of the Government’s budget even during the session of the petition committee. Since they could not reach a conclusion, they could not adopt any official resolution. “Items like refreshment or gifts, these are a tragedy. Although we will be presiding over the EU, the expenses are exorbitant,” said a member of the lower house petitionContinue Reading

Prague, Nov 3 (CTK) – The Czech Chamber of Deputies will hold anextraordinary session in November to discuss the international financialcrisis and namely a bill on bank saving deposits, Radana Jurankova, head ofthe Chamber of Deputies organisational committee, told CTK Monday. The session that will take place on November 11 was convoked by Chamber ofDeputies chairman Miloslav Vlcek (senior opposition Social Democrats, CSSD)at the Social Democrat deputies’ request , Jurankova said. It will also discuss the future of the Injury Hospital in Brno, southMoravia, she said. Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (junior government Christian Democrats,KDU-CSL) said last week that the government wanted to convoke anextraordinary session of the Chamber of Deputies with the main point on theagenda being an amendment toContinue Reading

The Liberec town hall has to figure out who is going to operate the Ještěd and Vesec ski resorts after the February world cup in cross-country skiing. The resorts, which the state rewarded with a CZK 1.1 billion investment in preparation for the championship, are no longer considered a lucrative investment. The company Snowhill, which is scheduled to take over the resorts’ management after the ski championship, is seeking new terms for the contract, according to Liberec Town Hall. “The events came in reaction to changes in Snowhill ownership. I don’t want to make early judgments, as negotiations haven’t finished and there are still a few options left. But it can’t be ruled out that Snowhill will leave both skiContinue Reading