Morning News: Thursday, December 22, 2022

  • The Czech government has reached a deal with the country’s biggest energy companies on a compensation system for a cap on electricity and gas prices, the prime minister, Petr Fiala, said on Wednesday. The government has set price caps for next year at CZK 6,000 for one megawatt hour of electricity, including VAT, and CZK 3,000 for one megawatt of gas.


  • The demolition of the pig farm built on the site of the former World War II Roma concentration camp in Lety has been completed. The Romany Culture Museum wants to open a visitor centre there in late 2023 or early 2024, the museum’s spokeswoman Karolina Spielmannova told CTK yesterday.


  • Entrepreneur Karel Janeček has filed a petition at the Czech Constitutional Court after being the Ministry of the Interior said he excluded him from the race for president. Officials said Mr. Janeček had failed to reach the threshold of 50,000 valid signatures.


  • The Czech government has signed a non-binding memorandum with Sweden and the company BAE Systems to purchase CV90 tracked combat vehicles. The government decided to launch negotiations on acquiring CV90s via intergovernmental treaty in July. The Czech Army is seeking 210 vehicles.


  • The Czech army received the first of 15 older Leopard 2A4 tanks from Germany on Tuesday, to make up for those which Czechia sent to Ukraine to boost the country’s defense capability. According to the Czech Defense Ministry the remaining 14 tanks should arrive in Czechia next year.

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