Thursday, February 7, 2013

News 2.7.2013

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News Thursday, February 7th, 2013

By: Masha Volynsky

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has said that he is prepared to veto the
proposed EU budget for 2014-2020, ahead of the EU summit.

* The Czech power utility CEZ is launching international arbitration
proceedings against Albania for failing to protect its investment in
the country's energy sector.

* TV Nova: The Public Affairs party had a secret bank account to pay
its members in cash.

* President-elect Milos Zeman commended the Public Affairs party for
filing the constitutional complaint over the church property
restitution law.

* The Biathlon World Championship has begun in Nove Mesto in Moravia.



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Necas threatens to veto EU budget
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Speaking before the beginning of the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday,
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said that the current proposal for the
EU budget for 2014-2020 is unacceptable for the Czech Republic and he
is prepared to veto it. The premier said he wants the budget to be
slimmer on the one hand, and to be fair to the Czech Republic on the
other. The beginning of the meeting over the budget was moved to a
later time on Thursday evening, in order to give EU leaders a chance to
hold bilateral meetings beforehand.


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CEZ taking legal action against Albania
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The Czech power utility CEZ is launching international arbitration
proceedings against Albania for failing to protect its investment in
the country's energy sector. The company is filing for damages to the
tune of 5 billion crowns. CEZ's license to operate Albania's national
grid was revoked in January over a long-running dispute with the
Albanian energy regulator over tariffs and unpaid bills. Company
officials say that decisions made by the Albanian authorities are
incompatible with European business standards as well as being in
violation of Albanian law.


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Nemcova criticizes cushy jobs for former colleagues
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Chairwoman of the Chamber of Deputies, Civic Democrat Miroslava
Nemcova, has criticized her own party for giving former "rebel" MPs
Marek Snajdr and Ivan Fuksa as well as former defense minister
Alexander Vondra lucrative positions in state-owned companies. In an
interview on Thursday with the radio station Impuls, Ms Nemcova said
that these were compromises that crossed the line. Mr Snajdr and Mr
Fuksa were among the Civic Democrat MPs who attempted to block
government proposed tax hikes late last year. They eventually quit
their lower house seats to allow the package to pass.


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TV Nova: Public Affairs party had a hidden account
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The Public Affairs party allegedly had a secret bank account from which
it paid out over 41 million crowns, according to a report aired on
commercial TV Nova. Journalists were given documents by an unidentified
source that showed payments made by the party in 2010 and 2011. Several
people, including a member of the party, confirmed the document's
validity. A number of current and former party members further admitted
to receiving some payments in cash in those years. Party chairman Radek
John has denied any knowledge of a hidden account and the party's
de-facto leader Vit Barta said the report was an attempt to tarnish his
reputation.


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Zeman agrees with Public Affairs over church resititution complaint
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After a meeting with president-elect Milos Zeman, the head of the
Public Affairs deputies' group in Parliament Katerina Klasnova said
that the future president commended her party for filing a
constitutional complaint over the church property restitution law. The
two also agreed on the need to increase the powers of the Supreme Audit
Office. Later on Thursday afternoon Mr Zeman was also due to hold talks
with the Communist Party leader Vojtech Filip. A meeting with TOP 09
leader Karel Schwarzenberg, Mr. Zeman's unsuccessful rival in the
presidential election, has been scheduled for Friday. The newly-elected
head of state is still refusing to meet with the leader of the
newly-emerged political grouping LIDEM, a break-away faction from the
Public Affairs Party, on the grounds that it lacks legitimacy.


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Doctors to protest over lowering healthcare quality in March
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The Czech Medical Chamber will hold a protest against government
reforms in the health sector on March 1. The chamber wants to warn the
public that changes recently introduced by the Health Ministry will
decrease quality, safety and access to healthcare. Patients will be
able to sign a petition at doctors' offices, which calls on the
ministry not to lower public spending on healthcare and to protect
quality. The medical chamber is also planning to file a constitutional
complaint against the ministry. It claims private doctors' salaries
will decrease by 20% this year. The Health Ministry claims that quality
of care will not deteriorate as a result of its reforms.


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Czech Republic has most encephalitis cases in Europe
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A quarter of all cases of encephalitis reported in Europe in the past
40 years have been from the Czech Republic. The head of the Coalition
for Vaccination Rastislav Madar said on Thursday that the Czech
Republic is a source country for encephalitis that has spread to other
states. Last year, the Czech Republic had the highest incidence of the
disease in the whole of the EU, with over 570 patients infected. Mr
Madar said that given the relatively warm and damp weather, the country
can expect a further increase of encephalitis cases this year.


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Theaters to get same budget as last year
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The Ministry of Culture has announced that it will allocated at least
the same amount of money to theaters this year as it did last year.
Although originally the ministry had planned to give 37 million crowns
to support the country's theaters, after protests last year, the total
budget was raised to approximately 55 million. This is still only about
a third of the amount that was supposed to be distributed to theaters,
according to the Conception of Effective Support of Culture for
2007-2013.


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Biathlon world championship begins in Nove Mesto
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The first day of the biathlon world championship has begun in the town
of Nove Mesto in Moravia on Thursday evening. Michal Slesingr, who was
supposed to take part in today's mixed relay race, did not participate,
due to flu. He is replaced by Jaroslav Soukup, who had been recovering
from a surgery until just a month ago.


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Football: Czechs beat Turkey in friendly match
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The Czech national football team beat Turkey 2:0 in a friendly match in
Turkish city of Manisa on Wednesday night. The Czechs dominated the
first half of the game; they went ahead in the 3rd minute and added
another goal some 25 minutes laters. The hosts improved in the second
half but the Czechs managed to stay clear. The Czech national team is
next playing Denmark in a world cup qualifier in Olomouc next month.


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Weather
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It should be partly cloudy in the upcoming days, with possible snow
showers. Day time highs should be between -1 and 2 degrees Celsius.



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Companies embrace social responsibility as essential part of business
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At a conference co-organized by T-Mobile Czech Republic and the weekly
magazine Respekt, representatives of top businesses in the country and
those from the non-profit sector came together to discuss how
businesses could help society. One of the main topics of discussion was
how social responsibility strategies can go hand-in-hand with
profitability.

http://radio.cz/en/section/panorama/companies-embrace-social-responsibility-as-essential-part-of-business


PM announces deployment of Czech military instructors to Mali
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The Czech Republic is to send troops to Mali as part of a group of
European Union military trainers due to be deployed in the West African
state, where an offensive against Islamist militants in the north has
been taking place. Prime Minister Petr Necas announced the decision
after winning backing from the opposition.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/pm-announces-deployment-of-czech-military-instructors-to-mali


Survey: roughly half of Czech firms turn down applicants with criminal
records
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A recent survey conducted by the LMC agency, which operates the website
jobs.cz, has found that roughly half of Czech firms turn down job
applicants with criminal records. The survey covered approached 151
different firms and the results following the presidential amnesty
(which saw more than 6,000 inmates released in January) are far from
encouraging.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/survey-roughly-half-of-czech-firms-turn-down-applicants-with-criminal-records






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