Wednesday, December 12, 2012

News 12.12.2012

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News Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the launch of a
North Korean long-range missile.

* President Vaclav Klaus has appointed three new ministers to office
within a planned cabinet reshuffle.

* The Czech Republic might no longer insist on vetoing the eurozone's
planned banking union, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said.

* Judges and prosecutors might not be receiving salaries as of next
month due to a legislative snag.

* The Czech Republic might no longer insist on vetoing the eurozone's
planned banking union, according to the Czech finance minister.



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Foreign Ministry condemns North Korean rocket launch
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The Czech Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned Wednesday's launch of
a North Korean long-range missile. In a written statement, the ministry
said the launch was a "provocative act" which was contrary to North
Korea's international obligations and which seriously violated a
resolution by the UN Security Council. The ministry urged the country
to immediately comply with all its international obligations and to
implement the relevant Security Council resolutions.

North Korea launched its Unha-3 rocket at around 10 AM local time with
the state objective of carrying satellite to orbit. However, the
country is banned by a UN resolution from conducting missile tests.


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President Klaus appoints new ministers to office
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President Vaclav Klaus on Wednesday appointed three new ministers to
office within a planned cabinet reshuffle. The head of the Civic
Democrats' deputies group in the lower house Zbynek Stanjura took up
the post of transport minister, while Deputy Prime Minister Karolina
Peake now heads the defense ministry. Her place at the head of the
government's legislative council was filled by her deputy Petr Mlsna.
There are plans to eventually merge the transport ministry with that of
trade and industry which would be run by a Civic Democrat.


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Finance minister: Czech veto of banking union no longer necessary
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The Czech Republic might no longer insist on vetoing the eurozone's
planned banking union, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said on
Wednesday. The Czech government opposes the plan over concerns it could
rid the Czech central bank of its authority over foreign banks' Czech
subsidiaries. But Mr Kalousek said that if new legislation proposed by
the EU legal service is approved, these concerns would no longer be
justified and the Czech Republic would no longer be opposed the planned
banking union. EU leaders are set to discuss the issue at a meeting in
Brussels at the end of the week.


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Judges', prosecutors' salaries under threat over legislative mishap
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Judges and prosecutors might not be receiving salaries as of next month
due to a legislative snag. The lower house of Parliament on Wednesday
failed to approve legislation which would, among other things,
introduce new rules for the calculation of salaries. MPs voted down the
bill because it would also tax their benefits. The Czech government is
set to discuss the situation later on Wednesday. The current system of
remunerating judges and prosecutors has been abolished by the Czech
Constitutional Court as of the end of the year.


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MPs suggest changes to state budget
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In a debate on the draft state budget for 2013 in the lower house of
Parliament on Wednesday, MPs came up with proposals to move more than
10 billion crowns within the budget. If approved, the changes would
raise teachers' salaries and increase support for social services,
sports, and other areas. Deputies also proposed to use some 500 million
crowns, earmarked for the servicing of the state debt, for incentives
for the film industry, an idea Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said
was unfortunate. The final vote on the budget is scheduled for next
week.


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Czech population grows slightly in Q1-Q3
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The population of the Czech Republic increased slightly over the first
nine months of this year, according to the Czech Statistical office. At
the end of September, the country had 10,513.209 inhabitants which was
some 7,800 more than last December. The growth in population is mainly
owed to immigration; some 6,200 foreigners settled in the Czech
Republic between January and September which was 7,700 people less than
in the same period last year.


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First Russian Centre opens in Plzen
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The Russian Centre, an institution promoting the Russian language and
culture, opened at West Bohemian University in Plzen on Wednesday, the
first such centre in the coutnry. Funded by a Moscow-based foundation,
the centre plans to hold language course and organize lectures and
debates. It will focus on students and teachers at the univeristy as
well as on the general public, the university said. The region of west
Bohemia has reportedly registered an increased interest in the Russian
langauge. The region is also home to a large Russian-speaking community.


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Police close neo-Nazi e-shop
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The police in Most, in the north of the country, closed an online store
selling neo-Nazi music, clothes, and other artefacts. The police said
that two brothers, aged 30 and 33, set up the store in 2009. Some 2,000
items were confiscated during a search of their house, 70 percent of
which were considered as illegal under the Czech law. If convicted, the
men could receive 10-year prison sentences.


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Opava-vychod named country's most beautiful train station
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The station Opava-vychod in the north east of the country won this
year's poll for the Czech Republic's most beautiful train station. The
recently renovated structure was built in 1851 in the style of late
classicism. The top prizes for the most fairytale-like train station
were awarded to the train stations of Nemilkov, in western Bohemia, and
Mnichovice, outside Prague. Around 8,500 people took part in the poll.


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Petr Cech wins mid-season poll for best Czech footballer
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Chelsea FC and Czech international goalkeeper Petr Cech won the
mid-season part of the Golden Ball poll among sports journalists for
best Czech footballer. The 30-year-old Cech won the poll for the
seventh time in a row. Werder Bremen's defender Theo Gebre Selassie
came in second in the poll, followed by Jablonec striker David Lafata.


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Weather
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The next few days will be mostly overcast with snow and daytime highs
ranging between -7 and -3 degrees Celsius.



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Cabinet reshuffle complete
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The cabinet reshuffle, announced on Tuesday, brings to an end
speculation over who will lead which ministries in the government's
final year-an-a-half. Despite criticism from the president and members
of the opposition, Deputy Prime Minister Karolina Peake takes over as
Defence Minister, while Zbynek Stanjura, somewhat surprisingly, will
serve as Minister of Transport.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/cabinet-reshuffle-complete

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Zuzana Roithova - seeking consensus and transparency in politics
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A successful and respected politician on the European, and previously
on the national level, Zuzana Roithova seems to be the image of decency
in politics. However, her presidential candidacy has so far failed to
gather too much public support.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/zuzana-roithova-seeking-consensus-and-transparency-in-politics

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Does ground-breaking China-Czech Republic train signal new era in
railway transport?
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A pilot cargo train recently set a new record for covering the vast
distance between China and the Czech Republic. The train, carrying 50
containers with computer parts arrived in the Czech city of Pardubice
just 16 days after it set out from central China. Will more such trains
follow in the near future? And does it mean that trans-Asian railway
transport is now competitive with deep see routes?

http://radio.cz/en/section/marketplace/does-ground-breaking-china-czech-republic-train-signal-new-era-in-railway-transport






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