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13th May 2019 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs


Eurostat: Female students under-represented in ICT

According to Eurostat, about 1.3 million people were studying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the European Union (EU) in 2016. Girls and women were largely in a minority, accounting for only 17 % of all ICT students.

13th May 2019 / Competitiveness / Education


expats.cz: Prague rated world’s best city to be a student

Prague has been rated the best city in the world to be a university student according to AppJobs, a popular app and website that helps students find part-time work in their city. 

9th May 2019 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency


Transformations of commercial companies have their pitfalls

A large number of various types of transformation take place in the Czech Republic annually. However, each transformation has its pitfalls. In an interview with Jan Šafránek, partner of bnt Prague office, we discover what principles of company transformations in practice work and what do not.

Is it possible to say what forms of transformation are most popular in the Czech Republic?

7th May 2019 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency


2019 EU Justice Scoreboard: Czech Republic

EU Justice Scoreboard measures Independence, Quality and Efficiency of judicial systems of EU Mamber States. The Scoreboard mainly focuses on litigious civil and commercial cases as well as administrative cases in order to assist Member States in their efforts to create a more investment, business and citizen-friendly environment.

6th May 2019 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


ING Bank Czech Republic: The CNB delivered dovish hike as expected

The Czech National Bank delivered a 25bp hike as broadly expected by the market. While the CNB staff forecast still shows one more hike for 2019, Gov Rusnok clearly signalled no more hikes this year as a base case. Any further hike this year is only likely if there is a significant improvement in foreign developments. This does not seem very likely at this point.

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. 

 

Read the document in English and Czech.

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