Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 10

PRAGUE, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Wednesday.

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PRAGUE - The Czech cabinet to hold a session, to debate fiscal constitution ( ). News conference to follow. Related news:

PRAGUE - Czech President Vaclav Klaus to meet his Germany counterpart Joachim Gauck. News conference at 0930 GMT.

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PRAGUE - Q3 government debt duration data at 1200 GMT.

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SLOVAKS LIFT IMPORT BAN ON CZECH LIQUOR: Slovakia will lift an import ban on Czech-made spirits and liquors on Tuesday, ending a restriction put in place last month after nearly 30 people died from drinking poisonous bootleg booze in its central European neighbour.

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CENTRAL BANKS BUY MORE BONDS: Central banks, among the most conservative asset managers in the world, are buying more stocks because of the paltry returns and negative yields available from top-rated sovereign bonds.

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GRID OPERATOR TO CURB FLOWS TO SLOVAKIA: Czech grid operator CEPS will limit cross border power flows to Slovakia for much of the day on Wednesday due to technical restrictions, CEPS said on its Web site.

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INFLATION IN LINE: Czech consumer prices dipped by 0.1 percent in September versus a month earlier, bringing annual inflation to 3.4 percent, the Statistics Office said.

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CEE MARKETS: Emerging European currencies and stocks were a touch lower on Tuesday after the IMF cut forecasts for global economic growth, but Serbia's dinar bucked the trend after an interest rate hike.

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CEE POWER: Central European day ahead power rose on Tuesday on forecasts for lower renewable output in the region and prices converged after drifting apart a day earlier, traders said.

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Index/Crown Currency Latest Prev Pct change Pct change

close on day in 2012 vs Euro 24.971 24.937 -0.14 2.25 vs Dollar 19.408 19.336 -0.37 1.64 Czech Equities 985.96 985.96 0.04 8.22 U.S. Equities 13,473.53 13,583.65 -0.81 10.28

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CIVIC DEMOCRATS CONGRESS: Prime Minister Petr Necas called the Civic Democrats (ODS) party congress for Nov 2- Nov 4. The congress will be electing the party's chairman and Necas is running for re-election.

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GOVERNMENT FUTURE: The six rebellious Civic Democrat deputies who refused to back the government's consolidation package including a value added tax (VAT) hike, causing a government crisis in which the centre-right government may collapse, said they did not wish to topple the government.

Their leader Petr Tluchor said the point was to stick to the coalition agreement and the government programme which say nothing about increasing taxes.

They say 18 billion to 20 Czech crowns billion can be raised from state property privatisation and other savings. The consolidation package assumes new budget revenue worth 25 billion crowns.

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PENSION REFORM: The six government rebels' leader Petr Tluchor said the group would vote to override the president's veto on some bills aimed to implement a new fund-based pension system, if the transfer from the current pay-as-you-go system to the fund-based system is not financed by the VAT hike, but rather it is funded from privatisation proceeds.

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