Morning News: Friday, September 16, 2022

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  • An employee of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs collaborated with Russia’s civilian intelligence agency the SVR, handing over classified information to them, the Deník N news site reported on Thursday, referring to Prime Minister Petr Fiala, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský and the Czech BIS intelligence service.


  • The Czech prime minister, Petr Fiala, and the minister of defence, Jana Černochová, say that the government aims to reach spending of 2 percent of GDP on defence in 2024, instead of the original target date of 2025.


  • Another delegation of Czech senators and senior ministerial officials is going to Taiwan to continue with cooperation in epidemiology and cyber security, education and research and development of semi-conductors in the days to come, Senate press secretary Lada Faldynova told journalists today.


  • Some 66,000 Ukrainian refugees are enrolled at Czech schools at present, 10,000 of whom have not entered the teaching process, Deputy Education Minister for Instruction Jan Mares said today. Mostly, around 51,000 Ukrainians, have enrolled at elementary schools. The ministry will have exact data after the end of September.


  • A new-born girl was placed in a babybox in Třebíč on Wednesday morning. She was given the name Elizabeth in honour of the late British Queen, the founder of the Czech baby box network, Ludvík Hess said.

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