Morning News: Monday, March 20, 2023

  • As the current heating season comes to an end Czech reserves of gas are more than half full, Czech Television reported on Sunday. Consumers in Czechia used one-fifth less gas year-on-year in 2022, the lowest amount in eight years.


  • A Czech volunteer has been injured in Ukraine’s Donbas, Czech Television reported on Sunday, citing the Fenix organisation. The Czech had been hit by shrapnel in an artillery attack. The volunteer’s injury is described as “relatively serious”. His transport to Czechia is being organised.


  • The incoming tourism industry in Czechia is slowly returning to pre-Covid 19 numbers. Last year the industry generated CZK 118 billion, a rise of around CZK 51 billion on the previous year. However, this was still some way behind the approximately CZK 167 billion recorded in 2019, the year before the pandemic hit.


  • President Petr Pavel is set to meet with Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Tuesday, the spokesman of the German government Steffen Hebestreit has told journalists. Germany is the third country that the new Czech president has chosen to visit after Slovakia and Poland.


  • Euro 2020 joint top scorer Patrik Schick will miss the Czech Republic’s opening Euro 2024 qualifiers due to injury. The Czechs host Poland on March 24 and then travel to Moldova on March 27 in Group E which also includes Albania and Faroe Islands.

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