Friday, June 29, 2012

Radio Prague Today 6.29.2012

Articles posted today

Composer/conductor Rudolf Mazač discusses 'Jazz Bridge' festival

Today's guest in the Arts is Czech-German composer and conductor Rudolf Mazač, who heads a big band orchestra dedicated to the works of Stan Kenton and other jazz greats. In 2004, Rudi Mazač founded Jazzový most (or Jazz Bridge) a festival bringing together international musicians in selected towns and cities in the Czech Republic and Germany. The festival returns to Prague next month. In our interview Rudi talks about line up this year as well as the initial idea behind the long-running project.

Czechs content with EU banking, pro-growth deals

At a two-day summit in Brussels which ends on Friday, EU leaders agreed to set up a joint banking supervisory body to oversee banks in eurozone member states. They also approved a plan to boost growth in the bloc and agreed on a roadmap towards fiscal union in the euro zone. Czech officials, who initially expressed concern over proposals that the new banking authority should also supervise banks in countries outside the monetary union, seem content with the summit's outcome.

Business News 29.6.2012

Regional Development Ministry says system of drawing EU funds is fixed; external debt grew by 33.7 billion in first quarter; household indebtedness grew by 3.6 billion from April to May; Nečas says impacts of EU summit measures will be limited; Czech National Bank cuts interest rates by quarter percent.