Morning News: Monday, January 2, 2023

  • The minimum wage increased to CZK 17,300 as of January 1, 2023. The salaries of policemen, firefighters and soldiers were raised by 10%, and the salaries of top politicians, judges and prosecutors by 12.7%.

 

  • With the end of 2022, the six-month Czech presidency of the EU Council has also ended, with Sweden taking the rains as of January 1. PM Petr Fiala said the presidency was a success that helped promote the interests of Czech citizens and showed the professionalism of the people who participated in it.

 

  • One-third of restaurants and clubs inspected in the Czech Republic in October were found to be in violation of regulations on the ban on smoking and the sale of alcohol to minors, according to the chief public health officer of the Ministry of Health yesterday.

 

  • The EU’s use of natural gas between August and November 2022 fell by 20.1%, compared to the average consumption for the same period between 2017 and 2021, according to data released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, and submitted by the national statistical institutes of the member countries.

 

  • The record for the highest-ever January temperature in Czechia was broken on New Year’s Day. A balmy 19.6 degrees Celsius was recorded in Javorník in the Olomouc region in the morning, breaking the previous record of 18.8 degrees, recorded in Vaňov in the Ústí nad Labem region on January 29, 2002.

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