Senate approves another ‘merciful summer’ to pay off state debts

June 24, 2022

Debt Senate approves another ‘merciful summer’ for debtors

Some debtors in Czechia facing foreclosure will likely get another chance to repay their debt without interest or penalties, based on the government bill introducing another “merciful summer”, which the Senate, the upper house of parliament, will approved today. The Chamber of Deputies, the lower house, passed the bill on June 1. President Miloš Zeman has yet to enact it. The three-month merciful summer will begin in September and allow people to get rid of debts demanded of them by public institutions and public and state-controlled enterprises. The bill applies to foreclosure proceedings initiated before October 28, 2021.

Assistance MEPs approve simplified rules for housing aid

The Chamber of Deputies adopted an amendment which simplifies the rules for collecting the housing allowance. Recipients should submit their income and expenditure survey once every six months instead of every three months, which is the current practice. Offices should approve the benefit indefinitely, so people don’t have to apply for it every year. The amendment also allows low-income parents to see their monthly parental allowance increased from the current CZK 10,000 to CZK 13,000. The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate and signed by the president.

Energy The amendment would extend the operation of coal-fired power plants

The government has approved an amendment to the Energy Law that would allow coal-fired power plants to operate for a short time in the event of a shortage of natural gas. Otherwise, coal-fired power plants would have to be shut down because of emissions, Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Síkela said. Currently, gas supplies from the Czech Republic are now stable. However, neighboring countries are reporting a decline. It cannot be excluded that the supply of Russian gas to the Czech Republic will be reduced or completely interrupted.

Story Five Czechoslovak RAF airmen buried in the Netherlands

Five Czechoslovakian RAF airmen were buried at Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery yesterday, exactly 81 years after a German fighter jet shot down their Vickers Wellington T2990 bomber. Ministers from the Czech, Slovak and Dutch governments as well as several dozen relatives and their friends paid tribute to the fallen soldiers. The remains of around 40 Czechoslovak soldiers were buried in the cemetery at Bergen-op-Zoom, the British bomber’s six-member crew was one of 70 aircraft that attacked Bremen on the night of June 23, 1941. When the bomber was on its way back to Britain, the Germans shot it down and only one crew member survived.

EUROPEAN UNION Ukraine and Moldova obtain the status of candidate countries

Ukraine and Moldova have both obtained the status of EU candidate countries, the European Council has announced. Ukraine applied right after the Russian invasion in February. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday she was confident that Ukraine and Moldova would act as quickly as possible to implement the necessary reforms. “There can be no better sign of hope for the citizens of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia in these troubled times,” she told reporters on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels after the two countries have obtained EU candidate status. Georgia’s bid was not accepted, and the county was given a list of requirements to meet before it was reconsidered.

economy Confidence in the Czech economy fell in June

Confidence in the Czech economy fell 3.5 points month on month to 98.3 in June. Consumer and business confidence in all sectors has declined. Consumer confidence fell to its lowest level since May 2012 and the second lowest level in the entire confidence survey period, the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) announced. Confidence in the economy also fell year on year in June.

Ukraine Czech police investigate involvement of Czech volunteers in Ukraine

The police of the Czech Republic are investigating the participation of Czech volunteers in the fighting in Ukraine, reports Investigators are looking at at least 10 cases of Czech citizens who joined the Ukrainian army in its defense against the Russian invasion without the required permission from the Czech president. Although President Miloš Zeman granted permission to around 100 Czechs in May, other requests were denied.

elections Petr Pavel remains one of the presidential favorites

General Petr Pavel remains one of the favorites in the presidential election despite the fact that he has not yet fully launched his presidential campaign. According to data from a STEM/MARK survey, Pavel is seen as an acceptable option by 50% of voters, while 34% find him unacceptable. He was the only candidate with a more favorable than unfavorable perception. In second place was Pavel Fischer, with 42% in favor and 45% against. Former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš was third with 41% in favor and 57% against.

Policy Hackers draft 13 anti-corruption measures

The junior Czech government hackers have drafted a set of 13 anti-corruption legislative measures that they would like to pass at all levels of public administration, the hacker group’s deputy leader Jakub Michálek told reporters. The Pirates’ initiative may have been prompted by the recent corruption scandal involving its coalition partner, the Mayors and Independents (STAN), with whom the Pirate Party ran in tandem in the last general election of the United States. fall.

June 23, 2022

Time Strong storms expected in the Czech Republic on Friday

On Friday afternoon and evening, strong storms, sometimes very strong, will arrive in the western half of the Czech Republic. The most intense torrential rains are likely to occur in most of central Bohemia, Prague, eastern Pilsen region, southern Bohemia, Vysočina and parts of northeastern Bohemia. Heavy rains in the south of the country could raise river levels to the first degree of flooding, according to current warnings from the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMÚ).

Work Czech television unions declare strike alert

The Czech Television (ČT) public television unions have issued a strike alert. They oppose the austerity measures announced at the end of May by CEO Petr Dvořák. These call for the loss of 250 jobs by 2024. The unions are calling for the immediate start of negotiations with the political representatives in charge of financing the Czech television unions, adding that the proposed cuts will reduce the quality of service to the public.

Crime Kladno hit by internet outage due to tampering

Thousands of residents of Kladno were affected by internet and landline failure due to an attempted theft of an optical cable. The damage is estimated at around 2 million CZK. Police are looking for the attacker who could be charged with theft and damage as well as creating a threat to the operation of community service. These are liable to a prison sentence of one to six years. The outage affected the city’s financial office, some post offices and the station’s ticketing system, TV Nova reported. Some customers were still without service from the afternoon.

Crime Police arrest drug gang in Olomouc region

In the largest raid against drug traffickers in the Olomouc region, police uncovered an organized group manufacturing methamphetamine and distributing it in the Czech Republic and Poland. Seven men, including a foreigner, aged 30 to 55, were indicted. If found guilty, they face up to 18 years in prison. According to detectives, the gang made at least 6.5 kilos of crystal meth worth CZK 13 million between autumn 2020 and June 9, 2022. Detectives also seized seven cooking units of methamphetamine, one kilo of drugs and 1 million CZK in cash.

Company PPF and Škoda Auto reach logo agreement

From 2029, only the Mladá Boleslav-based car manufacturer Škoda Auto will be able to use the Škoda name and the winged arrow emblem. Pilsen-based engineering conglomerate of the same name, Škoda Group, which is owned by PPF, sold the rights to the brand name. The agreement aims to end the trademark dispute between the two companies. PPF said in a press release that “the time has come to respect reality and resolve disagreements over the scope of rights, where completely different products operate in the market under the same brand”. The Škoda logo with a winged arrow dates from December 1923.

Justice The ECHR rules against the Supreme Administrative Court

The Disciplinary Chamber of the Czech Supreme Administrative Court (NSS), which is responsible for prosecuting judges, prosecutors and seizors, does not meet the required independence and impartiality, ruled the European Court of Human Rights. man (ECHR), according to the server Ceska Justice. The ECHR said the Czech Republic had violated the right to a fair trial and asked the court to correct this. The court ruled on the complaint lodged by the seizor Jan Grosam who declared that the disciplinary procedure against him did not have the character of a fair trial and that there had been no appeal procedure.

Equality The Stand Up project raises awareness among witnesses of sexual harassment

The international educational project Stand Up, dealing with public harassment, was introduced today in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Its main objective is to teach the general public how to deal with harassment and help victims, the organization said in a press release. A survey by the agency Ipsos showed that more than 77% of women have been victims of sexual harassment in public, and this figure rises to 90% for women under 34 years old.

Berta D. Wells