Spotlight issue

11th January 2021 / Amcham advocacy news / Business and Industry

Government Restrictions of Activities inside the Czech Republic

State of Emergency was declared on March 12 and was terminated on May 17, 2020The government announced on May 11 they were not planning to ask the Chamber of Deputies for extension of the state of emergency. From October 5, Government declared again state of emergency for 30 days, with further extensions. The state of emergency was extended until January 22, 2021.

Last update on January 11, 2021. 

8th January 2021 / /

U.S. Chamber Comments on Violence at Capitol, Certification of Biden’s Election

The U.S. Congress early today certified the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be the next president and vice president of the United States. The events of yesterday, in which a mob entered the Capitol and delayed for a few hours the work of the Congress, represent a disturbing moment in American history that will be impossible to forget, but the institutions of American democracy have weathered the test.

5th January 2021 / Economic policy / Digital Agenda

Czech Investment in ICT Equipment, Software at 4.3% of GDP

In 2019, companies and public administration invested almost CZK 245 bn in ICT equipment and software. Investment in software and databases has been growing at a significantly faster pace, accounting for two-thirds of the total investment in ICT, than investment in ICT equipment. More than 18% of the total R&D expenditures in the country were spent in the ICT industry.

5th January 2021 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Total Expenditure on R&D in Czech Republic in 2019 Increased to 1.94% of GDP

Total expenditure on research and development in the Czech Republic in 2019 reached 1.94% of GDP, nominally CZK 111.6 bn, which is an increase by almost CZK 9 bn year-on-year. Business sector invested the total of CZK 64.7bn in 2019. National public investment into R&D reached CZK 37.6bn. Resources from EU funds reached CZK 8bn.

5th January 2021 / Amcham advocacy news / Employment and Social Affairs

Government Measures Supporting Employment or Individual Economic Revenue

The list of Government measures supporting employment or individual economic revenue. Last update January 52021.

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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