Morning News: Thursday, September 8, 2022

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  • General Petr Pavel, former Czech chief-of-staff and NATO Military Committee head, officially confirmed his presidential bid and introduced his election slogan “Let Us Return Order and Quiet to the Czech Republic today”. Pavel named an active foreign policy, innovative economy with higher VAT, an independent energy sector, education and sound environment as his priorities.


  • Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala received the Polish “Man of the Year” award for 2022 at the opening of the 31st Economic Forum in Karpacz late on Tuesday. “This is a great honour for me. I am aware of who received this award before — Lech Walesa, Vaclav Havel and John Paul II,” Fiala said in his acceptance speech.


  • The Czech military will be able to deploy up to 1,200 soldiers at NATO’s eastern border to strengthen defence in the next two years under the plan of foreign missions until 2024 that the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Czech parliament, passed on Wednesday. In total, up to 1,362 soldiers could serve in foreign missions in 2023 and 2024. The Senate, the upper house, approved the plan in August already.


  • Czechia’s National Anti-Drug Coordinator Jindřich Vobořil is preparing a law on the sale and purchasing of marihuana. The legislation should be prepared by the end of this year, he told the Czech News Agency, adding that he hopes it will be passed by January 2024.


  • Czechia’s winter gas supplies have been secured and the country has enough energy to last it until April 30, 2023, Finance Minister Zbyněk Stanjura told members of the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday.

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