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4th February 2020 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency


AmCham CZ: Justice Reform. Setting the Table for Reform

At a special AmCham Big Picture advocacy session, Justice Minister Marie Benešová, Supreme State Prosecutor Pavel Zeman and President of the Union of Judges Daniela Zemanová debated such topics as publication of decisions, staffing of judicial assistants, the root cause of formalism in court rulings, or the effect of the regional court system on specialization. They agreed on some things, and disagreed on others.

31st January 2020 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation


OECD R&D Tax Incentives Report: Tax Incentives Accounted for 39% of Government Support for Business Expenditures on R&D in Czechia

In addition to direct support measures such as grants, governments worldwide increasingly rely on tax incentives to promote business R&D and encourage innovation and economic growth. R&D tax support (relief) was introduced in 2005 in the Czech Republic. Business R&D intensity in the Czech Republic grew from 0.72% to 1.13% in the period.

30th January 2020 / Competitiveness / Social Responsibility


Using paper towels costs CTP offices in Brno up to half a million CZK per year, the study showed

The analysis carried out this year by the Institute of Circular Economics in the Spielberk office center of CTP Invest in Brno has its numbers. For example, it showed that paper towels account for 31% of all waste produced in the office complex, and buying and disposing of waste within the waste management costs the company over half a million crowns a year.

29th January 2020 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency


Digital services in the new Czech Building Act

Shortly before Christmas, the interdepartmental reflection process regarding the articulated version of the bill for a new Czech Building Act came to a close. The primary objective behind this recodification is to speed up and debloat the procedures within building permission proceedings. One of the tools chosen to achieve this goal is known as digital services.

Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy

  1. 1) Transition to High-Tech Manufacturing
  2. 2) The City Campus as Idea Factory
  3. 3) Government Programs That Drive Innovation
  4. 4) Government as a Competitive Advantage

Advocacy Priorities for 2020-2022 
 
People, Technology, Infrastructure, Cities, Government

 

2020 Actions Recommended in Areas:

1. Immigration.

2. Adult (post-graduate) Education and Training.

3. Programming as the Required Language.

4. Private Research Investment.

5. Housing Plan.

6. Establishing Policy Objectives for Research.

7. Establishing Databases for Tracking Public Policy Outcomes.

8. Public Procurement as an Innovation Tool.

9. A Government Competitiveness Scorecard.

 

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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