Spotlight issue

14th February 2018 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

Inflation eased despite an increase in energy prices

The price level increased significantly at the beginning of the year. Energy prices are partially to blame as distribution fees increased. But other prices joined, as well. Businesses traditionally change price lists at the beginning of the year. They have already factored in their expectations about wage growth, which mainly impacts the core element. Food prices also increased.  Headline inflation eased due to statistical base effects as the beginning of 2017 was also marked by a strong price increase. Yet, inflation still remains above the 2% CNB target, where it should remain for the months to come, Komerční banka says.   

13th February 2018 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

LeasePlan Czech Republic: Spotlight on emissions: Exploring greener alternatives for fuel

The attitude of fleet managers in the Czech Republic to the topic of the electric car is highly influenced by two factors. As shown by our international survey, the emphasis on the price of the instalments of a leasing contract is stronger than in the Western European countries. It is also important to say that the awareness of environmental problems in the Czech Republic is not as deep as in those countries.

13th February 2018 / Economic policy / Health Care

Invitation: Health Care 2.0: How will the prices and reimbursements of medical devices be regulated?

Healthcare 2.0 initiative invites to a panel discussion, which will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2017 at 3 pm in the NHÚ AV ČR building, Politických vězňů 7, Praha 1, 2nd floor, room no. 7. The event will be held in Czech.

13th February 2018 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

Meeting Star Awards 2017/PCB: Prague ranks 7th out of 78 destinations, 1st in New Europe region

Meetings Star Awards ranking, compiled annually by Slovenian Kongres magazine, evaluates the European meeting destinations regarding their meeting infrastructure, marketing activities and a set of other factors. Among the XL meeting destinations capable to host more than 2,000 delegates, Prague ranked seventh with the 4.55 points out of 5.00 possible. In the New Europe region, the Czech capital occupies the first rank, Prague Convention Bureau writes.

13th February 2018 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

Randstad: 2018 theme will be flexibility, artificial intelligence & automation to have a bigger impact on labor market

The persistent shortage of employees will cause higher investments by companies into human capital and automation. Employers will also focus more on analyzing employee behavior in order to better understand their preferences to ensure their loyalty. Extending of flexible working models can also be expected. This are results of an analysis of the labor market trends for 2018 by HR consulting firm Randstad.

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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