- Czechia plans to apply for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, the country’s minister of foreign affairs, Jan Lipavský, said on Wednesday. Mr. Lipavský said the country would campaign intensively for the prestigious place on the council in the period 2032–2033. Voting will take place in 2031.
- Same-sex couples should be able to enter registered partnerships at any of Czechia’s registry offices, under a government amendment to the law on registry offices that was passed in the first reading by MPs on Wednesday. At present homosexual couples can register as partners at only 14 such offices. Czechia does not allow marriage between people of the same sex.
- The head of the Czech Army, Karel Řehka, has again said that a future conflict between Russia and NATO cannot be ruled out. Speaking at the Globsec security conference in Bratislava on Wednesday, the chief of the General Staff said that Russia’s behaviour and actions suggested it was on a trajectory toward conflict with NATO.
- A pilot project in Prague using radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips placed on sorted waste containers will help the capital by optimising waste management on the basis of real-time data. The RFID chips will help the city monitor the collection of containers for sorted waste and thus improve service for its residents.
- The Czech Senate has approved three new judges to the Constitutional Court. On Wednesday the upper house gave its backing to the former head of the Supreme Administrative Court, Josef Baxa, constitutional law professor Jan Wintr and the one-time head of the Union of Judges, Daniela Zemanová.
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