Unfortunately, the story of Madet company boss Milan Teplý, which we brought to you on Happy Monday, about a poor billionaire who is about to be stripped of subsidies by the state and denied hundreds of millions in profits, is not the only one. Other Czech companies also lose this help in material need. Even worse, some companies even want their honestly earned subsidies back!
“The European Union contributed 100 million crowns to Penam, which belongs to the Agrofert concern, for the innovation of the toast bread production line. Which I think is a great use of public money. But then even Brussels, which is otherwise willing to pay for any nonsense, thought it was a little silly, especially since Babiš had already made some similar bread in his bakeries in Germany, so they wanted to return it to him. However, no one knows yet how it turned out,” shrugs Jindřich Šídlo.
“That could soon change because, as we heard in the Ptám se já podcast from Karel Havlíček, both he and Andrej Babiš are now against all European subsidies. So maybe it will move in a good direction,” says Ondřej Lasák.
But not only Agrofert and Madeta draw European subsidies. As Konstantin Sulimenko reminds, money from the European Regional Development Fund is also aimed at innovating the production of Štramberk ears, supporting recycled hangers or smart fountains.
“The project is aimed at introducing the production of a new smart drinking fountain. The prototype was created on the basis of the applicant’s own development, the introduction of production requires the acquisition of new technologies,” Sulimenko quotes from the documents.
According to the assessment of the Happy Monday expert panel, does the generous contribution to the innovation of fountains make sense? And what other projects received European money this year? Listen to the first episode of the Happy Podcast and find out.
Of bees and ministers
In the second part, this time Tereza Povolná decided to leave the familiar waters of social networks and go into the offline world. Specifically, into the world of beekeeping, ministers and official boards.
“Legislation Minister Michal Šalomoun was fined for an offense in beekeeping. And he was even sued unsuccessfully because of her,” says Tereza Povolná, “let me quote: ‘Minister Šalomoun was unsuccessful in a dispute with the state veterinary administration due to a fine of CZK 3,000 for an offense in beekeeping. He got it for not having samples from his hives tested for brood blight. Solomon claimed that he was unaware of the obligation contained in the ordinance on the official board.'”
“A Minister for Legislation who did not know about the obligation posted on the official board? So I was disappointed in docent Šalomoun,” Sulimenko shakes his head.
“It really should probably be a warning for Prime Minister Fiala to look for a new head of the Legislative Council of the Government,” agrees Tereza Povolná. Fortunately, there are still people who can help Michal Šalomoun.
Which other ministers have bees made life difficult? And can subsidies also be obtained for bee colonies in the Czech Republic? Today’s Šťastný podcast also discusses this. You can play it in the player at the beginning of the article or in your favorite podcast application.
The satirical program Šťastné Monday is published every Monday at eight in the morning on the Nauzal website.
That evening, you can also listen to the Šťastný podcast, in which we take you behind the scenes of the production of the popular show. In the podcast afterparty, we analyze what didn’t fit into the current episode and serve up a thorough analysis of the political bizarreness on social networks.
Performers include Jindřich Šídlo, screenwriter Konstantin Sulimenko, producer Ondřej Lasák and docent of Instagram Tereza Povolná.