Monday, March 7, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.7.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

President Václav Klaus says he has no intention of leaving politics after his term of office ends in 2013.

President Václav Klaus says he has no intention of leaving politics after his term of office ends in 2013.

Former President Václav Havel says that Western-led military intervention may be needed if civil war continues in Libya.

Former President Václav Havel says that Western-led military intervention may be needed if civil war continues in Libya.

Disabled citizens are set to protest a government-proposed social reform that could cost them various subsidies and benefits.

Disabled citizens are set to protest a government-proposed social reform that could cost them various subsidies and benefits.

The Czech Statistical Office and the Post Office begin distributing forms for the 2011 population census on Monday afternoon.

The Czech Statistical Office and the Post Office begin distributing forms for the 2011 population census on Monday afternoon.

More than 64,000 people have signed a petition asking the government to exempt books from a planned hike in Value Added Tax.

More than 64,000 people have signed a petition asking the government to exempt books from a planned hike in Value Added Tax.

Government's Roma inclusion agency head Martin Šimáček: most mayors not ready to work hard on integration

One of the gravest problems facing Czech society is the situation of the country's Romany minority. According to official estimates, there are between 150,000 and 300,000 Romanies living in the country; they face disproportionately high unemployment and continued discrimination in housing and education. Some 80,000 of them live in socially excluded locations. To assist the local authorities in improving the living conditions in such cities and towns, the Czech government set up in 2009 the Agency for Social Inclusion in Romany Localities. The agency has been active in more than 20 such areas, and this year, 19 more applied to join the programme.

Government's pension reform under fire

In recent days the centre-right government has come under widespread criticism for its pension reform. The opposition has slammed it, the government's own economic advisory council has expressed serious reservations, President Klaus has criticized it for "lack of debate and political consensus" and several hundred people turned out to demonstrate against it outside the Office of the Government on Friday.

Sports News 7.3.2011

In Sports News this week: the Czech Republic goes down in defeat at the tennis Davis Cup; Czechs bring home two golds, a silver and a bronze from the European indoor championships; in hockey, the season's playoff-offs quarterfinals continue; and in football, Sparta narrow the gap behind league leaders Plzeň.