Morning News: Friday, February 17, 2023

  • Bohuslav Svoboda was officially voted in as the lord mayor of Prague on Thursday, replacing Zdeňek Hřib in the position. Mr Svoboda is the leader of the Together coalition, which is itself part of the grouping that is expected to administer Prague until 2026.


  • Nearly two-fifths of people who identify as LGBT+ in Czechia have experienced harassment and insults towards their orientation or identity over the past year, according to a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Queer Geography group.


  • The United States will provide a further USD 200 million to Czechia as part of foreign military cooperation aimed at modernising the Czech army and as partial compensation for the equipment provided to Ukraine, US Ambassador Bijan Sabet has announced.


  • The City of Brno intends to launch official cooperation with the Taiwanese city of Taoyuan, as recommended by Brno city councillors yesterday. The move has yet to be voted on by the city assembly, who will meet in late February, wrote city spokesman Filip Ponuchalek in a press release.


  • Czech Post will raise tariff wages by an average of 5% beginning April 1. At the same time, postal employees will receive more valuable 100-crown meal vouchers without contributing more. The company will spend CZK 397.3 million on the wage increase and higher meal vouchers by December, company spokesman Matyáš Vitík said on Wednesday.

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