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9th January 2019 / Economic policy / Employment and Social Affairs


Labour market remains tight despite unemployment increase in December

The result of external trade in November was a pleasant surprise, although for the entire year 2018 the trade balance will end up with a lower surplus than the year before. Labour market pressures did not let up at the end of the year. The higher share of unemployed in December was caused by seasonal effects, and the increasing number of vacancies shows that demand for labour remains strong.

8th January 2019 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs


EC Women in Digital Scoreboard: Czechia ranks low, gender pay gap in the ICT sector among highest in the EU

The European Commission has launched an annual scoreboard to monitor women's participation in the digital economy. Czechia ranks 24th, behind Estonia (7th), Austria (13th), Slovakia (20th), Poland (21st) and Hungary (23rd). 

8th January 2019 / Economic policy / Business and Industry


Czech Republic: Industry remains solid in November

Industrial production grew by almost 5% year-on-year in November, supported by one extra working day. Though the automotive segment posted double-digit growth again, new orders are still on a weaker footing

8th January 2019 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance


BNP Paribas Series on Green Finance

BNP Paribas expert talks about Green Finance in three short episodes.

8th January 2019 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment


The Washington Post/Coca-Cola Company: What if plastic never became waste?

In communities all over the world, circular recycling solutions provide a path to keeping plastic products out of our natural environments for good. Read the Coca-Cola Company story by The Washington Post.

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.

Policy pipeline

In Policy Pipeline policy developments in the Czech Republic and abroad are monitored to bring better understanding of current topics and trends.

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