Tuesday, 18 December 2018
National | VOA News/Reuters

Czech PM Andrej Babiš said on Monday he would step down from a government council dealing with EU subsidies to avert any suspicion of conflict of interest over funds for his former business group. The Agrofert group receives EU subsidies in a combination of non-discretionary direct payments for farming and for business, environmental and other projects. Babiš put the group into trusts in 2017. However, his critics say he is still in control as the trusts are managed by his wife and lawyers.

Prague | Radio Prague

Plans for constructing a fourth metro line in the Czech capital are nearly as old as Prague's first metro station. Yet they have proceeded at a snail's pace, with multiple delays. The recently elected mayor has pledged to begin construction during his time in office, but a recent review of old contracts threatens to slow progress again.



Business | Prague Daily Monitor

The Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NÚKIB) issued a warning against the use of telecommunications equipment manufactured by Chinese giants Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp.

National | Radio Prague

A novel database featuring thousands of companies has been created to help Czech soldiers secure jobs when they leave the army. Around 800 soldiers depart the force every year and for some it can be difficult to find their feet in the jobs market once they return to civvy street.

Prague | Prague TV

The European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) has selected Prague as the center for the mobility project of the consortium MOBILus. The Prague innovation hub will cover Eastern Europe and Israel.

Prague | Prague TV

Every holiday season, the mayor of Prague served carp soup at the Old Town Square market. This year will be a little different than previous ones, as the new mayor, Zdeněk Hřib, will be handling the ladle a day early, on Sunday, Dec. 23, as he says politicians should be home with their families for the holidays.

Business | Brno Daily

Brno City Council, which also functions as the General Assembly of STAREZ-SPORT, Brno's investment company, approved the proposed investment plan for 2019 on Monday. The total amount invested by the city will exceed CZK 71 million.

Arts | Prague TV

Pop star Ariana Grande is coming to Prague's O2 Arena on September 8. Grande will be promoting here album Sweetener, which was released in August 2018 and hit the top of the charts in many countries around the world.

Dining | Prague TV

Fancy some real traditional Italian dish? What about Lasagne? Join Anna in a new episode of What's Up Prague and see how the best Lasagne in town is made.

Arts | Prague Daily Monitor

Young performance artist Lukáš Hofmann won the 29th Jindřich Chalupecký Award on Monday evening at the Veletržní Palace in Prague. Hofmann won the award for his inventive and choreographic display.