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Romanies to demand Czech deputy PM Cunek's resignation

Prague, 6.4.2007 18:10, (CTK) Romanies plan to demand the resignation of Czech deputy PM and Local Development Minister Jiri Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL, chairman) at a demonstration outside the Government Office to be held from 11:00 to 14:00 on Wednesday, April 11, members of the Romea association told CTK today.  full story

Czech cabinet has no money to remove pig farm from camp site

Ceske Budejovice, South Bohemia, 6.4.2007 13:00, (CTK) The Czech government will have no money to remove a pig farm from the site of the former concentration camp for Romanies in Lety, south Bohemia, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek (Civic Democrats, ODS) told journalists today.The current government supports the construction of a new memorial near the farm, Topolanek said.However, the Committee for Compensation of Romany Holocaust Victims (VPORH) disagrees with preserving of the pig farm on the place where 326 people died during World War Two.  full story

Czech minister says his dismissal would cause complications-press

Prague, 6.4.2007 7:32, (ČTK) Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) chairman Jiri Cunek who is suspected of corruption and who has been recently criticised for his insulting statements about Romanies does not believe that Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek (Civic Democrats, ODS) will dismiss him, he told the daily Pravo today.  full story

Bursik admits his Greens could leave govt over Cunek

Prague, 5.4.2007 20:24, (CTK) Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) leader Jiri Cunek's further remaining in government posts might prompt the junior ruling Greens (SZ) leave the government coalition, SZ chairman Martin Bursik admitted on Czech Television and TV Nova today.SZ members have reportedly agreed that it would be a great problem for the SZ to remain in the coalition along with Cunek."I have so much experience with the Green Party that I think this would really be a problem," Bursik said.  full story

Thousands of Czechs complain about job discrimination

Prague, 5.4.2007 17:13, (CTK) Some 3,500 Czechs annually visit civic guidance centres to complain about job discrimination and primarily about breaches of labour legislation, Ladislav Cumba from the Association of Civic Guidance Centres (AOP) told CTK today.He said that in February the OAP started preparing a project that would document job discrimination in the Czech Republic.  full story

Czech Christian Democrats still behind controversial leader

Prague, 4.4.2007 13:36, (CTK) Most senior officials of the Czech Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) support their controversial leader Jiri Cunek before the party national conference to be held later today, CTK has found.On Tuesday, the coalition leaders agreed that the situation Cunek caused by his embarrassing statements about Romanies was very serious and it should be dealt with by the KDU-CSL leadership.However, some members of the KDU-CSL national leadership did not consider Cunek's statement as unsuitable or unfortunate.  full story

Another eviction of Czech Romanies ahead - press

Novy Jicin, 4.4.2007 10:19, (CTK) The Novy Jicin town hall has sold houses in the three streets near the town centre inhabited by about 200 Romany tenants, the local edition of the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes today.The new owners want to completely refurbish the houses and move out most of the tenants, MfD writes.However, the tenants, many of whom are rent-defaulters, want to defend themselves, it adds.  full story

Case of deputy PM Cunek must be solved quickly - govt coalition

Prague, 3.4.2007 23:14, (CTK) The situation around Czech deputy PM and Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) chairman Jiri Cunek is serious and must be solved quickly, the leaders of the government coalition parties, the senior ruling Civic Democrats (ODS), the KDU-CSL and the Greens, agreed today, ODS deputies' group head Petr Tluchor told reporters after the coalition meeting.  full story

Czech PM says Cunek's withdrawal would not threaten coalition

Prague, 3.4.2007 19:58, (CTK) Not even Deputy PM Jiri Cunek's possible withdrawal from the government would threaten the ruling coalition, PM Mirek Topolanek said on Czech Radio today, adding that the position of Cunek, head of the junior ruling Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), is becoming more and more complicated.The three coalition parties' leaders are to discuss Cunek's troubles tonight.  full story

NGOs criticise Czech PM's statements on women

Prague, 3.4.2007 18:36, (CTK) Representatives of 27 NGOs and academic institutions today sharply criticised the words of Czech PM Mirek Topolanek (Civic Democrats, ODS) on equal opportunities for men and women in their protest note released to CTK.Topolanek said at the opening of the European Year of Equal Opportunities on Monday that women are not a disadvantaged group and that minorities should assimilate in society.  full story

Czech deputy PM should concentrate on ministry work - ODS leader

Prague, 3.4.2007 15:41, (ČTK) The senior government Civic Democratic Party (ODS) wishes deputy PM Jiri Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) to more concentrate on the work at the Local Development Ministry he heads and not to have to deal with new and new scandals, ODS deputy chairman Petr Bendl said today.Bendl in his capacity as Central Bohemia governor has already once criticised Cunek. He said that Cunek does not have time for his work at the ministry.  full story

Czech KDU-CSL deputy calls on minister Cunek to resign

Prague, 3.4.2007 14:37 Deputy chairman of the government coalition Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) deputies' group Pavel Severa indicated today that he would welcome the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister and KDU-CSL leader Jiri Cunek from his government posts.Although Severa did not directly call on Cunek to resign, he told journalists that Cunek should take a "good step" as quickly as possible."I understand the disappointment of the Greens," Severa said when asked whether he understood the position of the governing party that would like Cunek to leave the government.  full story

Extra classes for Czech Romany children extended in Chomutov

Prague, 3.4.2007 13:15, (CTK) Field social workers from the People in Need organisation will extend the extra classes provided to children from poor families in the town of Chomutov, the town's Mayor Ivana Rapkova (Civic Democrats, ODS) told journalists today.The children were taught at their homes, while now a centre was established so that more children can take part in the classes.Rapkova said that without the supervision of the field workers a number of the parents would not send their children to school.  full story

Christian Democrat leadership continues to support party head

Prague, 3.4.2007 10:57 The Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) leadership continues to support party chairman Jiri Cunek who was criticised for his recent statements about Romanies by both the opposition and his coalition partners.Cunek was explaining and defending his statements to his party this morning."We have accepted his words and his explanation as he has apologised for them in public. I consider it mainly an affair from a tabloid daily adopted by serious media that pay too much attention to it," Christian Democrat deputy chairman Marian Hosek told journalists.  full story

Czech deputy PM's words about Romanies fully unacceptable - Klaus

Prague, 2.4.2007 21:02, (CTK) Czech President Vaclav Klaus said on Nova television today that the statements of deputy PM Jiri Cunek, chairman of the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), about Romanies are entirely unacceptable.Klaus called on politicians "not to ride on the wave of cheap populism and not to accept the prejudices of no small part of the Czech public.""I simply feel something like this in Mr Cunek, even though I know that it is not the political programme of the party that he represents. It is simply clear that he was not talking about bathing in the spring sun. That is why his statement is entirely, but entirely unacceptable," Klaus said.  full story

Czech Romanies seek support for deputy PM's resignation abroad

Budapest, 2.4.2007 19:53, (CTK) Czech Romanies have called on an international conference that is assessing the Decade of Roman Inclusion project in Budapest to support their demand that deputy PM Jiri Cunek leave the government over his statements about Romanies, Romea association told CTK today.Eight countries from Central and East Europe have joined the project launched two years ago.The Czech Republic set an improvement of Romanies' education, employment, housing and health its goal by 2015.  full story

Czech minister knows nothing about Cunek's Romany policy plan

Prague, 2.4.2007 19:36, (CTK) Deputy PM Jiri Cunek's words concerning Czech politicians' approach to Romanies are "clearly at odds with the government policy statement, with the values of democratic society and with the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms," minister Dzamila Stehlikova said today.Stehlikova (Greens, SZ), minister in charge of human rights and ethnic minorities, said that her communication with Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) is problem free.  full story

CzechRep launches campaign for European Year of Equality

Prague, 2.4.2007 18:16, (CTK) The Czech Republic today officially launched its part of the EU campaign within the European Year of Equal Opportunities in 2007 with the aim to point to discrimination and promote equal chances for all people, Czech EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Vladimir Spidla told reporters today.  full story

The Czech Republic issue of Anti-Gypsyism

Budapest, 2.4.2007 17:44, (ROMEA) Based on the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005 – 2015 Declaration, signed in Sofia on 2nd February 2005, the Czech Government publically committed itself to work “toward eliminating discrimination and closing the unacceptable gaps between the Roma and the rest of society”. The Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Regional Development of the Czech Republic Jiri Cunek has repeatedly produced statements that openly contradict the above mentioned Government commitment.  full story

Greens want govt coalition to meet over deputy PM Cunek

Prague, 1.4.2007 15:00, (CTK) The presidium of the junior ruling Green Party has asked Czech PM Mirek Topolanek (Civic Democrats, ODS) to call a government coalition meeting to discuss the controversial statements of deputy PM Jiri Cunek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL, head) and his further continuance in the cabinet, Greens chairman Martin Bursik told reporters today.  full story

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