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28th July 2017 / Economic policy / Health Care

OECD Obesity Update 2017: Obesity rates are expected to increase further

Despite policies put in place in OECD countries for a number of years, the number of 15-year-olds who report to be overweight or obese has steadily increased since 2000 in the majority of countries. OECD projections show a steady increase in obesity rates until at least 2030.

28th July 2017 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

USE-IT: Brno map spiced up by locals

Brno is a dynamic student´s city with a fresh and vibrant pulse. Apart from the usual historical monuments, it offers many festivals, some of which are totally unknown. USE-IT maps are also available for Ostrava and Prague.

28th July 2017 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry

Czech Statistical Office: Real estate prices accelerate | KPMG Czech Republic: The gap between the prices of old and new housing in Prague is small compared with some other European cities

"The rapid rise in real estate prices is currently the most significant inflationary phenomenon, or in the last two to three years. The year-on-year increase in these prices reached 12.8% in the first quarter. This has put the Czech Republic to the top position among the EU countries," said chairwoman of the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) Iva Ritschelová. Average annual price growth of appartments in the EU was 4.5% in the first quarter.

26th July 2017 / Competitiveness / Legal Reform and Transparency

Bird & Bird on Smart Cars and Personal Data: "When comparing the progress in autonomous driving technology with the development of the legislation governing such technology, it is apparent that the legislation will soon have to adopt many changes."

A growing trend towards autonomous vehicles is emerging in the automotive industry. However, the full scale deployment of SAE level 5 (completely autonomous) vehicles on roads, legally speaking, is currently not possible due to the limitations set out by the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, to which 75 countries, including the Czech Republic, are parties. 

24th July 2017 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

ILO: Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work

Regarding the positive effects of T/ICTM, workers report a reduction in commuting time, greater working time autonomy leading to more flexibility in terms of working time organisation, better overall work–life balance, and higher productivity.  The disadvantages of T/ICTM are the tendency to lead to longer working hours, to create an overlap between paid work and personal life (work–home interference), and to result in work intensification, International Labour Organisation says,

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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