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Media & PR|HR & Careers
Staff Writer|26.01.2012

Cristina Muntean, AmCham Marketing Committee chairwoman

Ex-business journalist, Media Education CEE founder named first chairwoman of the Marketing Committee of Prague AmCham

Cristina Muntean, a media advisor and trainer with Media Education CEE was elected this January the first chairwoman of the Marketing Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Prague (AmCham).

Companies|Society
Brian Kenety|26.01.2012

Mother of ex-DPP chief linked to another firm gaining from son’s deals

The business daily Hospodářské noviny (HN) has published fresh evidence of indirect and direct links between a company that lent €1.6 million to the mother of Martin Dvořák, the former CEO of the Prague public transport company DPP pushed to resign over suspect contracts, and companies that benefitted from contracts that the city-owned entity granted during Dvořák’s tenure.

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Politics & Policy|Companies
Jiří Konečný|26.01.2012

Czech civil engineers lack work, yet state hunts for specialists abroad

The ‘warping of Motorway D47’ and allegations of shoddy construction work by Eurovia remain a sensitive issue. After flinging mud via the media, the Czech Road and Motorway Directorate and Transport Ministry sat down with the company and now agree a specialist commission should be created, and the ŘSD will look for foreign specialists, probably in Germany. Civil engineering specialist Jiří Konečný looks at the state of the nation’s transport infrastructure.

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Companies
Brian Kenety|25.01.2012

Police probing ‘suspiciously cheap’ sale of villa to ex-Prague transport firm CEO’s mother

Martin Dvořák’s last official act before being resigning as CEO of Prague public transport company DPP was to cancel a disadvantageous contract with the paper mill Neograph to produce metro, tram and bus tickets. Czech anti-corruption police are now looking into his family’s finances, after his mother bought a Kč 25 million villa via a lawyer with Šachta & Partners, the firm representing “Prague godfather” Ivo Rittig, a lobbyist who had a lucrative consulting contract on the suspect DPP–Neograph deal.

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Politics & Policy|Energy & Green Biz
Čestmír Klos|20.01.2012

Czechs named third in Nuclear Threat Initiative ranking; that doesn’t equate to stellar safety

The message making the rounds in the Czech media is that we are the third most-successful country in achieving nuclear safety. This information is complete nonsense. The cited ranking — issued on January 11 from the American group the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), which monitors the security of nuclear materials from the standpoint of abuse — has little in common with safety of atomic power plants.

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Companies
Chris Johnstone|19.01.2012

Czech Airlines reaps meager rewards from drastic downsizing

State carrier Czech Airlines (ČSA) has been rewarded by a slight improvement in its load factor following a drastic downsizing of aircraft, destinations, and services. In the face of gloomy economic predictions this year, ČSA chief Philippe Moreels can see an upside in that a smaller airline will be an easier, more attractive buy for the strategic investor the troubled Czech airline so desperately needs to land.

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HOT TOP|Politics & Policy|Energy & Green Biz
Tom Jones|19.01.2012

Czech gov’t Temelín point man: build new nuclear plants on old army sites

In addition to building two new reactors at the Temelín nuclear power plant, the Czech government is contemplating proposals to make nuclear power the source of up to 80 percent of the country’s energy. Such a strategy would require building more nuclear plants, and a report reviewed by the government on Wednesday says military training grounds are the most-suitable potential sites.

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HOT TOP|Energy & Green Biz
Chris Johnstone|17.01.2012

ČEZ fails to make economic case for expanding Temelín, study says

Nuclear power plant Temelín's expansion does not make economic sense even according to a charitable evaluation of the costs and benefits over the new power production capacity's lifetime, a study presented on Tuesday argues. The Candole Partners’ study undercuts the optimistic arguments of state-controlled power company ČEZ and the pro-nuclear Czech government, but it remains to be seen whether it will ignite real debate about the ongoing nuclear expansion.

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