Economic policy

This section reports on economic policy initiatives of the Czech government, the EU, and other entities that have a direct impact on the competitiveness of the country. It also includes information on economic priorities of the AmCham and other leading associations.

Spotlight issue

9th June 2017 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs

AmCham CZ: Manufacturing in the Czech Republic: National Employment and Median Wage by occupation 2011-2016 - report

AmCham Czech Republic publishes a new report within the Czech Workforce series. Wage increases in 2016 reflect the growing tightness in the labor market, due to the large decline in working age people. The situation accelerated in 2016, particularly in the blue collar market. The government's favored policies of increasing public sector wages and keeping a clamp on non-EU workforce are shaking the equilibrium between demand and supply. The question is whether the outcome will be the desired increase in wages while maintaining high employment, or the departure of a substantial number of blue collar jobs to other EU countries with either lower cost or higher productivity. 
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5th June 2017 / Economic policy / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Technology Centre of the Academy of Science: How to step up the international engagement of Czech research organizations?

The quality of the Czech system of research, development and innovations has improved over the past years; almost all indicators have improved. But we still lag behind dramatically in international cooperation, Technology Centre of the Academy of Science writes.
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5th June 2017 / Economic policy / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Dr. Michael J. Bojdys: Something is rotten in the academia of the Czech Republic

In Nov 2015, “Lidové noviny” (“Mladý vědec hledá „náhradu“ křemíku”) has graciously reported on how Charles University has acquired my ERC Starting Grant worth 1.4 Million EUR. Now – two years later – I am very sad and unhappy to have to outline how and why the Czech Republic will lose this grant again...
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29th May 2017 / Economic policy / Tax & Finance

AmCham Central Europe 2017 Tax Conference: a brief look at three factors of an effective tax system | Thoughts & Quotes one can deny that taxes are what we pay for an organized government. Or that taxes are a tool to shift resources from private investment to public investment; in other words, to shift the intent of investment from private focus with possible public benefit to public focus with possible private benefit.... Read also more thoughts from the 2017 AmCham Regional Tax Conference:
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic