Tram traffic returns to Prague’s Opetalova Street after 44 years

May 19, 2022

Public transport Trams return to Opetalova Street after 44 years

After more than 44 years, tram traffic has returned to Opletalova Street in Prague 1, but only temporarily. The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) restored the remaining tram line at the intersection with Bolzanova Street and built new stops at Hlavní nádraží. The line will mainly be used for alternative tram transport during the replacement of the ceiling plates and the modernization of the vestibule of the Florenc C station. Meanwhile, DPP will introduce an alternative tram service XC Hlavní nádraží – Výstaviště and line no . 36 on Zvonařka in Sídliště Ďáblice. The metro on line C will operate again without restrictions from Monday, May 23, 2022.

IMMOVABLE Accolade Takes Out Record Loan for Amazon’s Fulfillment Center

Czech industrial real estate group Accolade has signed loan agreements for 137.5 million euros, financial magazine Forbes reported. The loans will be granted by Komerční banka, Česká spořitelna and Raiffeisenbank. This is the largest loan in history for a single industrial real estate group in Central and Eastern Europe. The money will support the construction and long-term maintenance of a hall in Kojetín in the Olomouc region, where a new Amazon fulfillment center is planned.

Politics Govt. approves amendment on free access to information

Top elected officials will be forced to share details of their salary and bonuses under an amendment to the law on free access to information approved by the Czech government, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said. The amendment should also allow better access to data relating to companies in which the state has a stake, including the energy company ČEZ. So far, this information is released only after lengthy hearings. The amendment also includes changes related to the implementation of EU open data directives. The amendment will be sent to the lower house.

CRIMINALITY Czech police are investigating the death of a newborn baby

Czech police are investigating the discovery of a dead newborn baby in a plastic bag at Husovy sady in Prague 5. Investigators dealing with violent crimes are handling the case. Due to the case, the police closed Na Popelce Street on the border of Košíře and Smíchov, which is adjacent to Husovy sady. Police said on Twitter they would provide more details as they became available.

THE STORY The handgun of an anthropoid paratrooper rediscovered

The personal weapon of paratrooper Josef Gabčík, a member of the anthropoid unit that assassinated Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich, was found during the preparation of the documentary film “Anthropoid – zatáčka”. The Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless caliber 7.65mm, serial number 539,370, was handed over in a recent gun amnesty by an anonymous owner.

After members of the Anthropoid Unit were killed in the Church of Cyril and Methodius in Prague, their weapons ended up in the Gestapo in Prague and then disappeared after the war. The new documentary will be available on social media from May 26.

CELEBRITY Vogue honors the big names in Czech tennis

The big names in Czech tennis are featured in Vogue Czechoslovakia’s special edition on the leaders. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová is on the cover. Kvitová on Twitter said she was honored to be featured alongside some amazing women in Czech tennis “and of course the one and only Martina Navratilova”.

Czech filming locations The second season of “Wheel of Time” is coming to an end

Filming has wrapped on the second season of the Amazon Prime series “Wheel of Time.” The series uses Czech locations and a studio; some scenes were shot in Morocco, the Canary Islands, Croatia and Spain. Filming in Prague wrapped up in late March, and production was later moved to other locations. The first season of the series, based on fantasy novels by Robert Jordan, is available to stream now. The release date of the second season has not been announced.

May 18, 2022

POLITICS Czech government approves Swedish and Finnish applications for NATO membership

The Czech government has approved Swedish and Finnish applications for NATO membership, with the armies of the two Scandinavian countries meeting all acceptance criteria, Prime Minister Petr Fiala tweeted today. The decision still needs to be approved by both chambers of the Czech parliament.

environment Czech environment ranked fifth worst in EU

The state of the environment in the Czech Republic is the fifth worst in the European Union, according to the Czech Prosperity Index. Although the country invests the most in the environment, the Czech Republic still faces drought and high greenhouse gas emissions. The Czech Republic invests 2.7% of GDP in its protection, while the EU average is 1.8%. Sweden is in the lead, while the worst is the state of the environment in Cyprus.

ECONOMY The Merciful Summer Project Returns

The Czech government today approved a draft law under which certain debtors can repay their attachments without interest. This repeat of last year’s Merciful Summer project will run for three months, starting September 1, 2022, the Justice Department said.

The bill is about money that people owe to self-governing authorities; desks; state funds; schools; municipal, state-run and state-controlled enterprises; health insurance companies; Czech Radio and Czech Television.

covid The response to Covid has been an unprecedented challenge for governments

The response to the Covid pandemic – which has hit different states each to a different degree – has posed an unprecedented challenge to most governments with its impact on people’s health as well as the economy and well-being, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said today at the Czech-African Health Forum. .

At the two-day Prague forum opened by Lipavský, representatives from eight African countries and six African health ministers negotiate with Czech partners on tackling the epidemic as well as financing and strengthening the health sector .

MILITARY Czechia will get 15 older tanks and buy 50 new ones from Germany

Germany will donate 15 Leopard 2A4 tanks to the Czech Republic. The two countries will initiate discussions on the purchase of up to 50 modern Leopard 2A7+ tanks in various modifications, Defense Minister Jana Černochová told the government today. This gift is a token of appreciation from Germany for the considerable assistance in the form of military equipment that the Czech Republic has provided to Ukraine.

CHARITY The director of the NGO People in Need, Pánek, rewarded for his bravery

Šimon Pánek, director and founder of the non-governmental organization People in Need, received the Arnost Lustig Prize for Civil Courage, Humanity and Justice from Prime Minister Petr Fiala. The Arnost Lustig Prize, named after the Czech Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor who died in 2011, is awarded annually to a living Czech citizen who, like Lustig, has contributed to the preservation and development of values ​​important to the whole of society.

Berta D. Wells