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18th October 2018 / Politics / Elections


Grayling Czech Republic: Political Digest - Senate Election

At the time of municipal election, part of Czech citizens selected one third (27) of the Senate members as well. After rather big reputational fail of the current governmental parties in big cities such as Prague or Brno, the results of the Senate election seem to lay basis for a substantive opposition to the government politics.

18th October 2018 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry


BNP Paribas: Czech Republic Industrial at a Glance Q2 2018

Vacancy rates decreased further to sub 4% in Q2 2018. The vast majority of supply under construction is pre-leased already thus no major rise in vacancy is expected, BNP Paribas Real Estate says.

18th October 2018 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation


Fast 50: The Fastest-Growing Company in Central Europe is the Czech 3D Printer Maker Prusa Research

This year’s Deloitte CE Technology Fast 50 was dominated by Czech firms, with three having made it to the top five. The contest for the fastest-growing technology companies in Central Europe was won by Prusa Research, a maker of 3D printers, followed by last year’s winner Kiwi.com, the plane ticket provider. The online pharmaceuticals retailer Pilulka Distribuce took fifth place, and the online clothing retailer ZOOT won the Big 5 category.

18th October 2018 / Politics / Elections


Grayling Czech Republic: Political Digest - Senate Election

At the time of municipal election, part of Czech citizens selected one third (27) of the Senate members as well. After rather big reputational fail of the current governmental parties in big cities such as Prague or Brno, the results of the Senate election seem to lay basis for a substantive opposition to the government politics.

18th October 2018 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism


Prague.tv: Prague has Europe's fifth highest hotel occupancy

Prague has the fifth-highest hotel occupancy rate in Europe, and is the continent’s 10th largest hotel market, Raymond Johnston writes for Prague.tv. 

18th October 2018 / Good governance / Digital Agenda


Amended EU Copyright Directive – impact for technology companies

The EU Parliament's September approval of the proposed EU Copyright Directive (2016/0280) has implications for many companies with interests in digital content, including platforms, news aggregators, rights owners, creators and the press. Widely presented in the media as "breaking the internet", our view is that the proposed law might not make as significant a difference to tech companies as some are suggesting, though it is a further indication of an anti-tech direction of travel among EU law-makers.

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Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy

  1. 1) The home of value-added manufacturing
  2. 2) Prague-Brno-Ostrava Creative Triangle
  3. 3) Health Care as an export industry
  4. 4) Government as a competitive advantage

Advocacy Priorities for 2018-2020 
 
People 

1. Setting a predictable policy for economic immigration based on the goal of maintaining current levels of employment for Czech citizens and wage growth that corresponds to productivity growth.  

2. Establishing incentives for companies and individuals to provide the qualifications and skills necessary for the automation of production and service industries.  

3. Introducing machine and computer programming as a required language in elementary and high schools.  

4. Improving the Healthy Life Years of the workforce and overall population through better prevention programs, better diagnostics, and better treatment.  
 
Infrastructure 

1. Develop a plan for developing and maintaining an integrated rail, road and air commercial logistics systems.  

2. Integrate the Prague airport into the national commuter network.  

3. Increase digital infrastructure capacity throughout country. 

4. Develop a housing plan that will create more entry-level housing in Prague and Brno for purchase or rent.  
 
Technology 

1. Reform investment incentives to concentrate on product research, development and production.  

2. Establish policy objectives in the area of health, energy, transport, environment and other areas and use these objectives for allocating public research funds. 

3. Require major public procurements to use objective and measurable criteria for innovation. 

 

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