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Written by: Jiří Vašek
Even stodgy state institutions - the parliament,
the government, the Castle, municipal offices, etc. - have their own
web sites. If you need to deal with the government, the internet should
be your first consultant before setting out on travails through the offices.
This site operated by European Business Enterprise literally
overwhelms you with links to probably every state institution.
You can search under individual districts or clearly comprehensible
titles like Law and Legislation, Labor and Social Affairs,
Trade-Industry, Finance, Informatics, or directly under the
addresses of individual offices. Another table maps out firms
with close ties to state administration, beginning with advocacy
and legal services through expert opinions. Although the
directory is freely available online, access to certain addresses
is limited, provided only once the relevant fee has been
Upon opening these substandard pages, you may appreciate
the link entitled Ministries. On their sites you will find
substantially more updated, useful information than in the
virtual Straka Academy (the parliament's seat). Interesting
and little-known information is offered by the EU item, which
covers all of the laws connected with the union, including
links to other Czech and foreign institutions mapping out
the issue of integration. You can look around in the EU library,
read the weekly issued by the European parliament, or study
what awaits us with respect to taxes on transport of goods
to and from the Eurozone.
This site contains just enough information to ensure that
you won't get lost. The most important data is under "Frequently
asked questions". After learning that the senate is
supposed to debate and approve laws passed by the lower house,
you can follow the link called "How I voted", and
see the personal pages of all 81 senators. Go to "All
meetings + search" and learn that for presentations
and participation in voting some representatives rate nearly
Divided into two parts, this site maps out the rights and
authority of the head of state, including those of close
family members (the first lady), as well as the functions
of the Office of the President of the Republic. You can find
out which laws the president has already approved and which
he has returned to the parliament for reworking. The second
part of the site focuses on Prague Castle itself - the histories
of the structures, planned exhibitions and ticket prices.
Just enter a subject into the search window and in seconds
you will have the latest information at your disposal, such
as how the tender for shop rentals on Golden Lane is going.
The chamber of deputies site has English, French, and German
versions as well as Czech. It is so simply elaborated that
you can reach individual representatives just by entering
their initials. Each has his or her own presentation, with
hyperlinks relating to other activities, including places
where you can meet with them. You can read what the senate's
weekly agenda looks like, and you can follow their meetings
live by using the RealAudio program. You can even take a
virtual tour of the historical parliament building on the
The latest exchange rates of global currencies as determined by the
Czech National Bank, along with a currency converter. Other useful
information includes a directory of other banks and exchange centers,
along with their respective exchange rates.
This site is useful for everyone buying apartments or thinking
about building homes. You can look at the Registry of Deeds and,
free of charge, find out who owns a building or piece of land,
and whether the real estate is the subject of distraint.
GE Capital Leasing offers the opportunity to buy, online, a used
car on an installment plan. Here people can find both the cars
themselves as well as the size of the downpayments and installments.
Also check www.cars.cz or www.auto.atlas.cz.
Find out how to proceed against state authorities or state administration
at odds with legislation or ethics, thus harming you as a citizen.
The site contains Law No. 349/1999 Coll., on the Public Guardian
of Rights (Ombudsman), and advice on submitting motions.
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