Czech morning news: headlines for August 30, 2022

August 30, 2022

Security EU foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine and Africa in Prague

An informal two-day summit of foreign ministers of European Union member states will begin today at the Prague Congress Centre. They will lead the discussion on Russian aggression against Ukraine and EU relations with Africa. On the sidelines of the meeting, an informal lunch will be held on Wednesday with the heads of Ukrainian, Moldovan and Georgian diplomacy.

economy The Czech economy grew by 3.7%

The Czech economy grew 3.7% year-on-year in the second quarter, up 0.5% from the previous quarter. The Czech Statistical Office has revised its July estimate. Year-on-year GDP growth was mainly supported by gross capital formation expenditure.

Culture Brno wants to be European Capital of Culture

Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, is seeking the title of European Capital of Culture in 2028. Its three representatives cycled to Prague today to officially submit the candidacy for the Ministry of Culture on Wednesday.

The motto of Brno’s bid is Brno s tebou (Brno with you). In the application for the first round of the competition, the city addressed the basic requirements formulated by the selection committee and related not only to culture but also to transport, infrastructure and financial management. On October 14, it will be known whether Brno will advance to the second round.

sports Krejčíková advances to second round of US Open

Barbora Krejčíková became the only Czech tennis player to advance to the second round on the first day of play at this year’s US Open. Last year’s quarter-finalist beat Mexican qualifier Fernanda Contreras 6-0, 6-4 in the first round on the concrete courts at Flushing Meadows.

August 29, 2022

energy Fiala and Scholz agree on a European solution to soaring energy prices

A Europe-wide solution is needed to bring down energy prices, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told reporters after their two-hour meeting today.

“We agreed on the need to find a Europe-wide solution to lower energy prices which certainly do not correspond to the costs of its production, reaching an unacceptable level,” Fiala said.

Europe must separate gas prices from electricity prices, leaders agreed. The meeting of energy ministers on September 9 will discuss a proposal to set a cap on the prices of gas used for electricity generation, Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Síkela said.

economy Govt. help the most vulnerable population groups

The government’s National Economic Council (NERV) has proposed several concrete measures to tackle rising energy prices, including increasing child benefits, lowering taxes for low-income earners and faster increases pensions for the elderly who now receive below-average pensions. The opposition also agrees with the proposals, and the government will discuss them during the budget debates in September.

The objective of the measure is to concentrate aid on the most vulnerable population groups, to encourage the reduction of energy consumption, to make maximum use of already existing tax policy instruments and to limit the impact on the budget. The new measures would cost another billion crowns.

Security The creation of a new security forum will be discussed in Prague

In the coming weeks, the first meeting to create a new European political group will be held in Prague, which will meet regularly to discuss Europe’s security issues, French President Emmanuel Macron announced. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also spoke about this new group in Prague today and said he supported Macron’s idea of ​​creating a “European political community”.

Culture The National Theater launches its 140 season

Dancer Hana Vláčilová was inducted into the National Theater (ND) Hall of Fame today at the opening ceremony of the 140th season. This year’s National Theater General Director’s Award for artists under 35 was won by the Ballet’s first soloist Irina Burduja, actress Anna Fialová and opera singer Arnheidur Eiríksdóttir.

ND recently announced that it will increase entry fees from September due to annual energy cost increases of up to three times. Prices for theatrical performances will increase by approximately 15% across the board, while prices for selected ballet performances will increase by the same amount.

animals Long-nosed Potoroo first born in Prague Zoo

A long-nosed potoroo was first born in Prague Zoo. The tiny marsupial named Krysánek, from eastern Australia, peeked out of his mother’s pouch last week. Visitors can already see it in the exhibit, the zoo informed in a press release today.

Berta D. Wells