Press Advisories

22. 6. 2020

Government proposes meal voucher reform, decides on support for organisers of cultural events and at-risk children

In the near future employers should have the opportunity to contribute to employees' meals without using paper vouchers through a "flat-rate" meal programme. This is one of the changes that the government approved at its meeting on Monday 22 June 2020 as part of the proposed new tax package. It also approved financial aid for organisers of cultural events and organisations that take care of at-risk children and appointed a new chief public health officer.

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15. 6. 2020

Bill on substitute child support heading to Parliament, government also to help municipalities with roads damaged by loggers

Single parents of children whose other parent is neglecting to pay child support will be able to apply for up to CZK 3 000 a month for a period of two years. The Andrej Babiš government approved a draft act on substitute child support on Monday 15 June 2020, having gathered in person at Straka Academy for the first time since the coronavirus epidemic broke out. It also approved financial aid for municipalities to repair local roads damaged as a result of the logging of bark-beetle-infested wood and appointed a new deputy minister for civil service.

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11. 6. 2020

V4 prime ministers discuss Coronavirus financial aid and EU multiannual financial framework

The Visegrad Four prime ministers met for their last summit under the current Czech presidency at Lednice Castle on Thursday, 11 June 2020 to discuss current issues and problems. The main topic was the preparation of a common stance on the future European budget and the EU multiannual financial framework.

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8. 6. 2020

The government will propose increasing the budget deficit to 500 billion, has prepared a law mitigating the impacts of lower tax revenue to villages

The state will help municipalities that lose part of their tax revenues this year as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. The draft of the emergency act was approved by Andrej Babiš’s government on Monday, 8 June 2020. The government will also put before the Chamber of Deputies a proposal for increasing the state budget deficit for this year to CZK 500 billion.

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6. 6. 2020

NOTIFICATION, 11 June 2020: Talks between V4 prime ministers at Lednice

On Thursday 11 June 2020, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is holding a meeting of the prime ministers of the Visegrád Group.

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5. 6. 2020

Government decides that border controls will end at noon on Friday, Czechs do not have to provide a test

At noon on Friday, state border controls with Austria and Germany, put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, are coming to an end. This decision was made by the government of Andrej Babiš at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, 5 June 2020. Czechs will no longer need to provide a negative Covid-19 test or go into quarantine after returning from these countries or from Slovakia or Hungary.

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3. 6. 2020

Czech/Slovak border to open at midnight for citizens of both countries, agree prime ministers Andrej Babiš and Igor Matovič

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš received the Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovič on Wednesday 3 June 2020 during his first official visit to the Czech Republic. The main themes of the call were cooperation on the issue of the reopening of the common borders, a resolution of the effects of the covid-19 epidemic and the mutual relations of both states. As part of the EU agenda, both prime ministers also discussed the multi-year financial framework and further cooperation of the Visegrád states.

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1. 6. 2020

Government provides millions in financial assistance to sports organisations. "Traffic-light" travel allowed

Organisers of sporting events, sports clubs and organisations that suffered economic losses during the lockdown will be able to apply for a special state subsidy. Following a Government decision on Monday, 1 June 2020 the COVID-Sport subsidy program will have one billion Czech Crowns available. The Ministers also intend to ease the situation of Czech guides. They have therefore proposed to postpone the new obligation to acquire a national guide card by three months.

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