22nd May 2017 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

European Semester 2017 Spring Package: Business environment in Czech Rep. is weighed down by heavy regulatory burden, numerous administrative barriers

The business environment in the Czech Republic is weighed down by a heavy regulatory burden and numerous administrative barriers, in particular permitting procedures and tax payments, European Semester 2017 Spring Package issued by the European Commission suggests. Educational outcomes are generally good, but basic skills have deteriorated, and R&D intensity has increased significantly in recent years, but this is not being matched by corresponding improvements in the quality of R&D outcomes. Still, the Czech Republic is projected to comply with the provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact in 2017 and 2018.

22nd May 2017 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency

CoE: Priorities of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (May – November 2017) | Anti-corruption digest Czech Republic

At the end of their meeting in Nicosia (Cyprus) the six month chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers was passed from Cyprus to the Czech Republic on 19 May. The priorities for the country’s chairmanship include 

22nd May 2017 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

Radio Praha: Czech Heritage Jewel wins prestigious European Prize

The restoration of Kuks, one of the most beautiful baroque complexes in the Czech Republic, has won the European Grand Prix for heritage conservation. The prestigious award was presented by the Europa Nostra association in Finland’s Turku last week.The jury praised the interdisciplinary approach of the restoration work, saying it should serve as a strong example for conservation projects across Europe, Radio Praha writes.

22nd May 2017 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

IEA: Czech Republic one of countries behind (slight) fall in nuclear production in Europe in 2016

Nuclear production fell 2.4% in Europe in 2016, led by continued German phase-out and decreases in the Czech Republic and France, International Energy Agency (IEA) reports.

22nd May 2017 / Politics / Elections

M.Ehl/ "Beyond power games, the current political crisis centers on checks and balances underlying liberal democracies in the region."

It is important to watch the developments in the Czech Republic, and to see how the political crisis will unfold and how far different actors will be able and willing to go. Although foreigners will have quite a tough time understanding the who’s who of Czech political disharmony, the approach to the constitution will show who is serious about liberal democracy and who is not. That is the most timely Czech European question, Martin Ehl writes for portal.


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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