Morning News: Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • From 2026 elections in Czechia may take place on Fridays only, not spread across Fridays and Saturdays as at present. The government approved an amendment to that effect on Wednesday, the minister of the interior, Vít Rakušan, told journalists.


  • Czechia continues to have Europe’s lowest rate of unemployment, according to fresh data published by the international agency Eurostat. The country’s jobless rate fell from 2.6 percent in November to 2.3 percent in December.


  • The speaker of the Czech lower house, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, plans to visit Taiwan at the end of March. The TOP 09 party leader will be accompanied by a delegation of entrepreneurs and others, her spokesperson said on Wednesday.


  • PM Petr Fiala has agreed to a request from the team of president-elect Petr Pavel to be allowed to use the government-owned Hrzan Palace near Prague Castle until his inauguration. Fiala said he considered it practical for the future president to live close to Prague Castle before he officially takes up the position on 9 March.


  • The energy-saving trend continued in the Czech Republic in the first month of this year. Gas consumption was almost 20 percent lower year-on-year in January, while electricity consumption was over six percent lower.

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