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17th February 2017 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs


Czech Workforce Report 5: Employment & median wage by occupation in the Ústecký region for the period 2011-2015

According to AmCham Czech Workforce Report 5, the number of technicians in the Ústecký region exceeds the number of plant, machine operators / assemblers. Managers number fell in both sectors. Median wage growth in the private sector ranged from 7% to 11%, except for managers (-0.3%).

24th February 2017 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


Citi Central Europe Economics View: We believe that a more efficient way to raise economic growth in the medium term would be via structural reforms | Global Economic Forecast

Citi Central Europe Economics View shows that the risk of a significant slowdown in the long term is lowest in Czech Republic, while highest in Croatia or Bulgaria. In the near term they see a risk is that policymakers may not realize the slowdown is structural. If the authorities misinterpret the data and treat economic weakness in the region as a consequence of cyclical forces, the policy response may be incorrect and ineffective.

24th February 2017 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency


Radio Praha: Key anti-corruption law "gutted" in avalanche of amendments

A key piece of anti-corruption and transparency legislation appears to have been gutted by an unholy coalition of lower house lawmakers, Radio Praha writes.

24th February 2017 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment


Eurostat: Czech dependency on fossil fuel imports rises from 17% in 1990 to 46% in 2015 | Grayling on the future of Czech energy

According to recently published Eurostat data, Czech dependency on fossil fuel imports has risen to 46% since 1990. In 20 years, the Czech Republic will need around 2,000 MW in installed power capacity in order to replace its ageing lignite-fired power plants and the decommissioned nuclear blocks in Dukovany. Now is the time to agree on specific actions that will significantly impact households’ and industry’s energy bills, Grayling says.

24th February 2017 / Competitiveness / Trade and Investment


London Economics/AmCham EU: Czech Republic 3rd in Single Market integration index in 2015

The study by London Economics published by AmCham EU describes how each Member State has integrated into the EU’s single economic area and measures the impact on their economies.

23rd February 2017 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


European Semester: Czech Republic: Public procurement indicators reveal significant inefficiencies and challenges

Economic growth in the Czech Republic remains robust, despite a slowdown in 2016. Pension and healthcare expenditure poses a risk to the long-term sustainability of public finances and public procurement indicators reveal significant inefficiencies and challenges. Overall, the Czech Republic has made some progress in addressing the 2016 country-specific recommendations, European Semester report says. 

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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

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