Czech PM Petr Nečas has spoken out against Switzerland’s decision to reintroduce an authorization requirement for workers from the eight East European countries that joined the EU in 2004. “While we understand that opening the labor market for foreign workers in Switzerland is a sensitive issue, economic analyses proved that the benefits of free market and free movement of workforce are undisputable,” he told news server EurActiv.cz.
The Czech government hailed the Cabinet deal paving the way for a proposal for nationwide referenda as a significant breakthrough. The fine details of the proposal and obstacles that any petition for a referenda will face before it can be put to the people and the thin chances of such a vote getting the required 50 percent participation puts a very different slant on the so-called move towards direct democracy.
The Czech appeal to rejoin Swiss criminal proceedings against former MUS managers has done nothing to change the first rejection delivered last year. The appeal has, reportedly, been rebuffed along the same lines as the original decision on the grounds that the Czech state came late to case in spite of earlier Swiss encouragement to take part.
Women only compartments on Czech trains are an abuse of men's human rights and help to stereotype them as dangers to the opposite sex, says a Czech men's association. It has launched proceedings to challenge the pilot project by the state-controlled rail company.
Mud-slinging over the Czech failure to take part in time in Swiss criminal proceedings against former managers of a Czech mining company that slipped from state control appears to have started in earnest. Public Affairs (VV) chairman Radek John says the ministries of foreign affairs and justice should take most of the blame — which includes the country possibly losing out on claims for billions in damages in the MUS (now Czech Coal) case.
Škoda Transportation posted a net profit amounting to 27 percent of turnover for 2010 thanks to orders from Czech Railways (ČD) and from Czech towns and cities, which accounted for around 80 percent of the firm’s total sales for the year. By comparison, the most recent financial results for the world’s largest manufacturers of locomotives, trams, and light railways are considerably lower.
The Czech woman, whom US lawyer Ed Fagan claims was at the center of moves to sell details of Swiss bank accounts and safe deposit boxes, says his assertions about her are libelous. She denies having ever met with him in a reaction, which she consented to Czech Position publishing in full.
The Swiss investigation into alleged corruption during the privatization of Czech mining firm Mostecké uhelné společnost (MUS) has dominated the front pages of the Czech dailies in recent weeks. But most media have presented a fairytale according to which billions of crowns are waiting in Switzerland to be collected by the Czech government with the High Public Prosecutor’s Office in Prague interfering.
The Czech Ministry of Finance issued a press release on Monday denying responsibility for failure to register as the plaintiff on behalf of the Czech state, or injured party, in the Swiss investigation case into suspected money laundering and fraud surrounding the privatization of the coal mining company Mostecká uhelná společnost (MUS), now Czech Coal, in 1999.
Hani Himmat became the new chairman of the board of directors of Axa investiční společnost and chief investment officer of insurance group Axa in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He takes over from Kamila Horáčková, who became head of asset management at AXA Winterthur in Switzerland.