Monday, June 25, 2012

News 6.25.2012

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News Monday, June 25th, 2012

By: Christian Falvey

* The Institute of State and Law says that no expert opinion was needed
for the purchase of the CASA military aircraft in 2010.

* Social Democrats and police have condemned Finance Minister Kalousek
for saying charges against Vlasta Parkanova were an attack on democracy.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has thanked Croatian rescue services for
their professional response to the tragic crash of a Czech bus on
Saturday.

* TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg expects a major coalition dispute
over differing views on the depth of European integration.

* The European Commission may ask for court injunction against felling
trees in the Sumava National Park.



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Institute of State and Law says no expert assessment was needed for
CASA purchase
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The Institute of State and Law says that no expert opinion was needed
for the purchase of the CASA military aircraft in 2010. In a statement
prepared for the Ministry of Finance, the institute of the Academy of
Sciences writes that the Spanish transport planes qualified as "special
technology" that did not at the time require an expert price analysis
or a public tender. The police have asked Parliament to give up former
defence minister Vlasta Parkanova for prosecution because she did not
have an expert price analysis conducted prior to the 3.5 billion crown
purchase.


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Opposition condemns Kalousek for equating charges against Parkanova
with attack on democracy
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The opposition Social Democrats and police have condemned Finance
Minister Miroslav Kalousek for saying that the charges against Vlasta
Parkanova were an attack on democracy. Police president Petr Lessy said
he was "very alarmed" by the comment, and suggested that Kalousek turn
to the general inspectorate with his concerns. The Social Democratic
Party called on the government to quickly comment on Mr Kalousek's
words or else be suspected of sympathising with them. Speaking on a
Czech Television programme on Sunday, the Finance minister and deputy
chairman of the TOP 09 party said by accusing Parkanova of corruption
the police were attacking the state's decision-making processes and the
democratic system itself.


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Necas thanks Croatian rescue services for their professionalism
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Prime Minister Petr Necas thanked Croatian rescue services for their
professionalism in responding to the tragic crash of a Czech bus on
Saturday. Mr Necas called his Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanovic on
Monday morning to express his gratitude to all involved. Most of the
injured passengers have already been released from hospital and many
have returned the Czech Republic on a special government plane. Six
people remain in hospital in Croatia, two of them - 13-year-old twins -
in serious but improving condition. The bus, carrying 51 people,
reportedly struck a pole on Saturday morning before ramming into the
median and flipping over, killing eight people, including the driver.
It is believed that the driver fell asleep at the wheel.


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Schwarzenberg expects major coalition dispute over depth of European
integration
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TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg expects a major coalition dispute
over differing views on the depth of European integration. Foreign
Minister Schwarzenberg wants the Czech Republic to remain within the
core European mainstream, which he says is the only realistic
possibility that would be beneficial to the Czech Republic. The prime
minister, he said, was of a different opinion, one that reflects a
certain wing of the Civic Democratic Party. Nonetheless, he says, the
government can no longer zigzag on the Czech approach to the issue and
must develop a unified stance, which he believes may result in a very
difficult situation.


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EC may ask for court injunction on tree felling in Sumava.
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The EC may ask for a preliminary court injunction to ban the cutting of
bark-beetle-infested trees in the Sumava National Park. A spokesman for
EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik told the Czech Press Agency
on Monday that the EC has asked the Czech Republic to stop felling
spruces in the park and addressed a letter with reservations and
questions to Prague in mid-June, but has to receive a response.
Brussels, he said, is monitoring the situation and will take legal
steps if necessary. Lumberjacks began felling trees again on Monday in
one of the infested localities.


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Supreme Audit Office finds irregularities in migration and asylum
funding
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The Supreme Audit Office has found irregularities in public orders
while auditing EU funding for migration and asylum policies. The office
told the Czech Press Agency on Monday that 6.7% of the funds audited
were unqualified to receive money from EU funds or the state budget.
Among other things, the auditors say that the Interior Ministry failed
to cancel an order regarding refugee facilities despite the fact that
none of the offers met all of the conditions of the tender. In another
tender for personal vehicles, the ministry reportedly set technical
conditions that only one model on the Czech market could meet.


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Deadliest weekend on Czech roads
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Last weekend was the mostly deadly of the year on Czech roads, with
eleven people losing their lives in traffic accidents since Friday.
Three of the deadly accidents involved motorcycles. A 62-year-old man
died on the spot while riding an unlit bicycle on the wrong side of the
road. The second most deadly weekend this year was also in June, when
eight people were killed on Czech roads on the weekend of the 10th.


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Confidence in the Czech economy decreased again in June
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Overall confidence in the Czech economy decreased again in June, and
the composite confidence indicator was 0.8 points lower compared with
May. The Czech Statistical Office said Monday that confidence among
entrepreneurs had once again only increased in trade, and only
slightly; in construction, selected services and in industry it
declined. Consumer confidence increased compared with the previous
month, but remains lower year-on-year. A survey taken among consumers
in June indicates that consumers are less afraid of a drop in the
overall economic situation or their own financial standing in the next
twelve months, compared to May.


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Kalousek: budget deficit should not exceed approved amount
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The state budget deficit should not exceed the approved amount of 105
billion at the end of this year, according to Finance Minister Miroslav
Kalousek. Unless the situation in Europe worsens markedly, he said,
there is no reason to believe the parameters of the state budget and
public deficits for this year would not be met. The risk for the
economy is negative developments in the euro zone, particularly with
regards to Spain, and the payment of subsidies from EU funds, which are
currently suspended. Unless the European Commission resumes the payment
of subsidies to the Czech Republic by the end of this year, the country
could lose around 22 billion in European funding, according to the
Local Development Ministry.


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Drunk policeman allegedly drove tent full of children
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A policeman in the North Bohemia is being investigated for running his
car into a tent full of sleeping children on Saturday while
intoxicated, the news site iDnes.cz reports. An 11-year-old boy
suffered a head injury in the incident and is in in hospital in
intensive care. According to iDnes, the accident occurred in the middle
of the night, when the 22-year-old police officer's car swerved off the
road and into a children's fishing camp.


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Weather
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Conditions should be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and highs of
20 to 22o Celsius.



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Sports News 25.6.2012
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In Sports News: Fans, players mark the 50th anniversary of
Czechoslovakia's second-place finish at the 1962 World Cup; Pirlo
emulates Panenka with a cheeky chip against England at EURO 2012; Czech
football champions Liberec will face Kazakhstan's Shakhter Karagandy in
the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League; Kvitova begins
defence of Wimbledon title.

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Jiri Vidim - Owner of a hotel with a history
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Jiri Vidim, a former teacher, entered the hotel business almost at the
very moment that communism fell in Czechoslovakia, and seized the
opportunities that freedom brought. For two decades now he has been
running Unitas House, a hotel in downtown Prague with a fascinating
history.

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Eight Czechs killed in bus crash in Croatia
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For 51 Czech passengers aboard a bus chartered by the Brno travel
agency Atlas Adria, a summer holiday turned into a nightmare on
Saturday. En route to the popular Croatian holiday destination Makarska
Riviera, the bus swerved off the road and overturned. Eight passengers
were killed in the accident and more than 40 injured. Some have since
returned to the Czech Republic via military aircraft.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/eight-czechs-killed-in-bus-crash-in-croatia






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