Top Czech News Headlines: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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  • The Czech Republic has to date provided special visas to 350,795 refugees from Russia’s war on Ukraine, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior on Sunday.

  • The Czech Republic is aiming to spend two per cent of GDP on defence as early as 2024, a year earlier than the government committed to in its programme statement, said PM Petr Fiala.

  • In the last three months, firms, foundations, and nearly half a million people sent more than 1.85 billion crowns to the People in Need humanitarian organisation in aid of Ukrainian refugees and the victims of the war.
  • No advertisement to promote the Czech EU presidency in the second half of this year will appear in online and printed media, as the government has scrapped the respective contract for media space purchase to save money, said Minister for EU Affairs Mikulas Bek.

  • The Czech government has approved a request to extend by 30 days a state of emergency imposed to help deal with a wave of Ukrainian refugees, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said after a cabinet meeting.

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