Politics & Policy|Companies
Brian Kenety|26.06.2012

Prague cancels Opencard tender

Prague City Council has decided to cancel a tender to supply cards for the controversial smart card scheme Opencard, now almost exclusively used as a public transport season ticket, due to an insufficient number of bidders.

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Politics & Policy|Companies
István Léko|15.06.2012

Prague aims to finally take full control of trash firm

Prague City Council this week finally approved a resolution of intent to buy a minority stake in the murky municipal waste firm Pražské služby from the Cyprus-registered firm Soranus Limited. At the same time, Deputy Prague Mayor Pavel Richter (TOP 09) and Councilor Radek Lohynský (ODS) were charged with making it happen, with the latter to take the lead, according to a document obtained by Czech Position.

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Society
Staff Writer|23.05.2012

Wife of ex-Czech PM publishes brothel business guide

Former translator and current wife of former Czech Social Democrat prime minister Jiří Paroubek, Petra Paroubková, has added a Czech version of a successful Austrian guide to running a brothel to her publishing company’s offering. Tips in the book are said to make general business sense with the publisher insisting she is not condoning the brothel business per se.

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Politics & Policy|Energy & Green Biz
István Léko|13.04.2012

Prague City Hall seeks full control of capital’s gas firm

Prague’s City Hall bosses have taken a first step towards winning full control of local gas distribution company Pražská plynárenská by ordering a valuation of the company now jointly managed with German power group E.ON. The valuation tender was won with a bizarre Kč 1 bid from Czech bank Česká spořitelna, which clearly see prospects of recouping costs and cashing in if the multi-billion purchase plows ahead.

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Politics & Policy|Society
Brian Kenety|04.04.2012

Prague may scrap Opencard project

 

Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda says the Czech capital’s smart card scheme Opencard may be cancelled as project managers and partners have failed to develop it so that residents may enjoy a broader range of services. Currently, it is almost exclusively used as a public transport season ticket.

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Politics & Policy|Society
Tom Jones|26.03.2012

Prague mayor suggest his predecessor quit ODS

Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda’s indirect call pn his predecessor Pavel Bém to resign from the Civic Democrats (ODS) over cronyism and corruption during his tenure in City Hall has reportedly been backed by the club of politicians from the party’s Prague chapter. Bém says he will fight tooth and nail to preserve his political career.

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Politics & Policy|Companies
István Léko|12.03.2012

Talking trash: the facts around Pražský služby’s ownership

The Czech capital wants to buy an 18.85 percent stake in trash company Pražský služby, with the aim of the center-right coalition of the Civic Democrats (ODS) and TOP 09 that runs Prague City Hall being to gain almost 100 percent control of the municipal waste firm. But who owns the stake, ostensibly held by Natland, remains a point of speculation.

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Politics & Policy|Society
Ondřej Koutník|09.03.2012

Prague City Hall shakes up control of landmark Municipal House

The Czech capital’s art deco masterpiece, the Municipal House (Obecní dům), this year is celebrating the centenary of its completion. But the landmark building’s indirect owner, Prague City Hall, has given a clear signal that it wants to take firmer control of the company now running the massive cultural and tourist attraction by pushing through a series of changes.

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Society
Chris Johnstone|07.03.2012

Prague’s flood barriers flawed, daily warns

Prague’s flood protection  barriers have holes, cracks in concrete sections, and channels to divert water are blocked, a Czech paper has reported, pointing out that they would clearly fail to keep back the sort of floods that hit the city almost 10 years ago in the famous 2002 inundation. 

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Chris Johnstone|28.02.2012

Prague mayor under fire for appointment of transport boss

Prague mayor's decision to ditch a tender for a headhunting company and directly appoint a new head of the city's wholly owned public transport company has been attacked by one of the unions representing DPP company staff. They accuse Bohuslav Svoboda of breaking his word and demand he holds a competitive tender for the post of DPP general manager although he had already named the company's new head. 

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