Czech Republic and Iran seek to boost trade

09-12-2016 12:49 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech Republic and Iran are seeking ways to further increase their growing trade turnover. Following a meeting with the visiting Iranian Economy Minister Ali Tayebnia, Czech Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek said he would like to see bilateral trade increase tenfold in the near future. Czech exports to Iran increased by 46 percent in the first nine months of this year and bilateral trade is expected to get a new impetus with the signing of an agreement on protection of investments between the two countries scheduled to take place early next year. The Czech Republic has said it is ready to support Iran’s membership in the World Trade Organization.

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09-12-2016 12:49 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech Republic and Iran are seeking ways to further increase their growing trade turnover. Following a meeting with the visiting Iranian Economy Minister Ali Tayebnia, Czech Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek said he would like to see bilateral trade increase tenfold in the near future. Czech exports to Iran increased by 46 percent in the first nine months of this year and bilateral trade is expected to get a new impetus with the signing of an agreement on protection of investments between the two countries scheduled to take place early next year. The Czech Republic has said it is ready to support Iran’s membership in the World Trade Organization. 

09-12-2016 12:21 | Daniela Lazarová

The lower house of Parliament has approved a bill that should introduce a broad ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants. The government-proposed legislation was defended by the newly appointed Health Minister Miloslav Ludvik who said it was a vital step in protecting public health and particularly that of the young generation which frequently topped the European ladder in tobacco and alcohol abuse. The draft law caused heated controversy in the lower house and there were numerous efforts to modify the ban, such as a rejection of the proposed amendment that would ban smoking in street cafes or cars with child passengers. The draft legislation now goes to the Senate. If it wins approval there and is signed by the president it should come into force in May of next year. 

09-12-2016 12:00 | Daniela Lazarová

Saturday should be partly cloudy to overcast with day temperatures between 7 and 11 degrees Celsius. Night time lows should range from 0 to 4 degrees. 

09-12-2016 11:51 | Daniela Lazarová

Consumer prices in November increased by 0.3 percent compared to the previous month, the Czech Statistics Office reported on Friday. This development was primarily due to a rise in the prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages. The year-on-year growth in consumer prices amounted to 1.5 percent, i.e. 0.7 percentage points up on October and the most since June 2013. Analysts ascribe the higher than expected growth to the introduction of the law on electronic cash registers ahead of which many entrepreneurs increased prices to make up for the extra expenditures. Analysts predict that inflation may thus reach the Czech National Bank’s target of 2 percent in the first months of 2017. 

09-12-2016 10:23 | Ruth Fraňková

British singer-songwriter Sting will be the main star of Prague’s Metronome festival, which will take place in the Czech capital in June, the festival organiser Roman Helcl told the Czech News Agency on Friday. The former frontman of the rock band Police will be accompanied on stage by his three-member band, including guitarist Dominic Miller. The tickets will go on sale in December 12. 

09-12-2016 10:01 | Ruth Fraňková

The last round of matches in the Europa League group stage brought mixed results for the three Czech clubs in the competition. Sparta Prague will progress out of the group stage despite losing against Inter Milan 1:2 on Thursday night. Sparta are on 12 points in their group, followed by Hapoel Beer-Sheva and Southampton. Liberec failed to secure a spot in the next stage after it went down 0:2 against PAOK Thessaloniki, while Viktoria Plzeň ends the Europa League competition with a symbolic 3:2 win against Austria Vienna. 

08-12-2016 15:11 | Ruth Fraňková

Miroslav Sklenář is set to replace Jiří Forejt in the post of the head of protocol at Prague Castle, the president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček told the Czech News Agency on Thursday. Mr Forejt stepped down on Monday after the release of incriminating material which allegedly showed him snorting an illicit substance, half naked and in dubious company. Miroslav Sklenář has already worked as head of protocol, first under Václav Havel and subsequently under Václav Klaus between the years 2014 and 2015. Up till now, Mr. Sklenář has been employed by the China Energy Company Limited, a major foreign investor in the Czech Republic. 

08-12-2016 14:10 | Ruth Fraňková

The European Commission has taken legal action against EU member states, including the Czech Republic, for not having done enough to deter or punish carmakers who cheated on emissions tests. The commission has sent a so-called letter of formal notice to seven member states, which now have two months to reply. The commission has targeted the Czech Republic for not having imposed any penalties for the use of illegal software which cheated the emission tests. 

08-12-2016 14:10 | Ruth Fraňková

The European Commission has approved funding of three major infrastructure projects in the Czech Republic to the tune of 161 million euros (some 4.3 billion crowns). The European funds will be used for modernising a railway connection between Rokycany and Pilsen, to ensure a faster connection between Prague and the German border as well as for renovation of the D35 highway in the Pardubice region which is also used for international transport. 

08-12-2016 14:05 | Ruth Fraňková

Famous spokespeople of the Charter 77 human-rights manifesto will be presented at a new exhibition that will go on display on Prague’s Václav Havel square (the former plaza of the National Theatre) in January next year. Altogether 44 people took turns in the post of Charter 77 spokesperson between the years 1977 and 1989. At any time there were three of them in case one or two were detained or imprisoned. The open-air exhibition, consisting of sixteen large-scale panels, is organised by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and will be on display between January 20 and 26. 

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