Morning News: Tuesday, August 2, 2022

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  • If the presidential election were held this Sunday, former Prime Minister Andrej Babis would win with 25.5 percent of the vote ahead of General Petr Pavel (21 percent), the latest poll by the Median agency showed. Babis’s lead shrunk from 28.5 percent last month, while Pavel’s popularity picked up from 19.5 percent. The first round of the election will be held on 13-14 January 2023.


  • The defence ministry is proposing amendments to legislation, to allow it to gather data of citizens under conscription duty, the ministry said on Monday. The measure would allow for better preparation for emergency situations, it said. That right has so far been reserved for instances when the country is threatened by or engaged in war, the ministry said.


  • Czech Envirnment Minister Anna Hubackova on Monday approved a subsidy of more than 1 billion crowns (EUR 41m) to support energy savings and better water management of public buildings. The subsidy is financed by the National Recovery Plan and will contribute to projects in more than 70 Czech villages.


  • Sales of electric cars increased by 65 percent year-on-year in Czechia in the second quarter of this year. By contrast sales of plug-in hybrids fell by nearly one-third in the same period. Between the start of April and the end of June some 1,168 electric cars were sold, compared to 706 in the same period last year


  • Czechia continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the whole of the European Union, according to the European statistics agency Eurostat. It said on Monday that unemployment in Czechia had fallen by one tenth of a percentage point to 2.4 percent in May. The EU average rate was 6 percent.

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