Africa Asia Europe North America South America Oceania
You are here: Home > Europe > Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Yearbook 2001

Czech Republic.At the end of December 2000 and at the beginning of 2001, the Czech society was dominated by a severe conflict on the state broadcaster CT. The majority of journalists refused to accept the newly appointed chief Jiří Hodac, who they believed was employed and acted on political grounds. The journalists, who were supported by President Havel, announced a strike and occupied the newsroom. Their shipments were blocked by the company's management. More than 120,000 people signed a petition in support of the journalists and at the Wenceslas Square in Prague demonstrated tens of thousands of people and demanded Hodac's departure. The conflict turned into a social crisis where politicians accused each other of undermining democracy. Disagreement went right through the government. Jiří Hodac eventually gave up and resigned after he became ill and was taken to hospital.

2001 Czech Republic

In April, Minister of Finance Pavel Mertlik resigned since the government staged his plans for privatization of the country's electricity and gas networks. Mertlik was seen as a key person for the renewal of social democracy and his departure aroused uncertainty over economic reforms just as the Czech Republic was preparing for EU accession.

According to Countryaah, the disputed Temelin nuclear power plant near the Austrian border had to be stopped due to technical problems several times during the year. Austrian protesters demanded the closure of the reactor, which began to be built during the communist era. The Austrian government party FPÖ has made the solution of the security at Temelin a condition for approving a Czech membership in the EU. The conflict was raised in EU-led negotiations in Brussels, where Prime Minister Milos¡ Zeman and Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel agreed in November on joint measures to investigate and improve the safety of the nuclear power plant. The Czech Republic agreed that Temelin should be taken into normal operation only after resolving all security issues raised by EU experts.

In December, the government decided to start negotiations with Swedish Saab and its British partner BAE Systems on the purchase of 24 copies of JAS 39 Gripen.

Other Countries in Europe

Countries Gnosis Copyright 2001 - 2020 All Rights Reserved