Members of the upper house of the parliament have drafted legislation that would ban shale gas extraction in the Czech Republic using hydraulic fracturing, said one of its authors, Petr Pakosta of the center-right Civic Democrats (ODS). Earlier, the goverment had put forth a number of ammendents with the same aim – drafting a new law was seen as a simpler short cut, the news sever Novinky.cz reported Friday.
Following a brief one-to-one meeting with Prime Minister Petr Nečas on Tuesday afternoon, Agriculture Minister Ivan Fuksa announced that he was being dismissed from his post. Nečas says he had long been dissatisfied with the minister’s performance; Fuksa says his only mistake was to speak plainly about things the PM didn’t want to hear. But he is also a close ally of Nečas’ rival Petr Tluchoř.
The composition of the newly installed Čepro supervisory board almost reflects a new political agreement on party representation — with the notable absence of Public Affairs (VV). The imminent personnel changes announced in late December were delayed for two months due to political wrangling, and there was even speculation the courts would have to name the new supervisory board members. VV was simply caught napping.