Top Czech News Headlines: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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  • Ukraine, the end of energy dependence on Russia, the build-up of defense capabilities, trade deals, support for civic society and free media as well as transatlantic links are Czech EU priorities, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky told journalists on Tuesday. In connection with Ukraine, Lipavsky mentioned support for its territorial integrity, humanitarian and post-war rehabilitation as well as support for its EU candidate status.


  • The Prague Spring international music festival’s administrative board has appointed Pavel Trojan the festival’s new director effective August 1, when he will replace Roman Belor, who is leaving the post at his own request. Prague Spring has been a renowned festival of classical music with an almost 80-year history.


  • The number of temporary protection visas the Czech Republic has issued to refugees from Ukraine since the start of its Russian invasion has reached 379,524, the Interior Ministry said on Twitter on Tuesday. On Monday, the visas were granted to 1,200 people, which was about 1,100 fewer than a week ago.


  • The largest Czech construction business Metrostav, as well as its daughter company Metrostav Infrastructure, have been banned from taking part in public tenders and fulfilling public contracts for a period of three years after a ruling at the High Court in Prague on Tuesday.


  • Australian actor Geoffrey Rush and American actor/producer Benicio del Toro will be attending this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) which is set to run from July 1-9, the president of the festival, Jiří Bartoška, announced on Tuesday.

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