The Czech Republic has missed out on a chance to compete in the 2012 Olympics, losing to Belarus in the European Under-21 Championship third-place play-off in Aalborg. The Czechs, who lost 1-0 after extra time in their last-four clash with the Swiss, left Denmark empty-handed.
Labor unions in early June had support from half of the Czech population, according to a poll by research agency STEM. The level of support was influenced by respondents’ political orientation, with supporters of the ČSSD and KSČM more likely to express trust. The previous time that support was so high was in 1995 and 1997. A majority of poll respondents, though, doubted that unions behaved in a nonpartisan manner.
Czech President Václav Klaus bought himself a diamond watch with a crocodile skin strap for his 70th birthday, the president of the company Diamonds Corporation International, Luboš Říha, announced in a press release on Tuesday. Klaus reportedly had difficulties understanding the watch’s functions, but Říha willingly rushed to his side to assist.
Two Czech men face up to eight years in prison for producing violent pornographic films that “debase the dignity of human kind,” the leading Czech daily Mladá fronta Dnes reported. In the Czech Republic, filming such acts of violence is a crime on the order of producing child pornography.
The European Commission announced on June 16 that it had closed infringement proceedings against the Czech Republic after the country improved its rules for consumers who want to return faulty or defective goods. The EC started legal action against the Czech Republic in 2009 to ensure that it correctly transposed a European directive.
Czech trade unions have agreed to postpone their nationwide strike against the government reform package from Monday until Thursday; however, in some towns railway service will be halted as originally planned, the Czech News Agency (ČTK) reported, citing a trade union source.
Skanska has been awarded a construction contract in connection to the extension of the Prague subway amounting to Kč 3.7 billion (SEK 1.3 billion). The order will be included in the order bookings for the second quarter 2011. The customer is the Department of Public Transportation in the City of Prague, the Swedish company said in a press release.
After Pakistan failed to submit an extradition request and original international arrest warrant within 40 days, Czech authorities were obliged by law to release a Pakistani national suspected of murder and terrorist offenses, the Czech Ministry of Justice announced on Monday.
Stephen Connor was appointed head of the valuation and advisory department for real estate service firm Colliers International in the Czech Republic, effective June 2011. Connor will move from Colliers’ Warsaw office to take up his new position.
Jan Klouda (35) has been named the new General Counsel at Vodafone Czech Republic. Together with his legal team, he will be responsible for supporting the company’s activities, especially the continued growth in providing ICT solutions. Klouda joined Vodafone in 2007 as Director of Legal Affairs.