Spotlight issue

21st January 2020 / Competitiveness / Trade and Investment

Emerging Europe M&A Report 2019/2020

Emerging Europe remains a magnet for international dealmakers, CMS report reveals

  • Deal volumes across emerging Europe fell by 6.5% in 2019
  • Foreign investment surged, with cross-border M&A increasing by 14.6% (1,163 deals)
  • Private equity investments reached a record high with 318 deals, accounting for 16% of all deal-making
  • Telecoms & IT outperformed Manufacturing as the second largest sector by volume (300 deals in 2019, compared with 279 in 2018); the Czech Republic follows this trend
  • Real Estate & Construction remained the most active sector with 378 deals and was also the sector with the highest overall deal value (EUR 16.6bn)
  • Ukraine appears to be the country to watch – with transaction volumes increasing by 26% and transaction values increasing by 26.3%, compared with 2018
  • Deal count dropped in the Czech Republic  to the lowest level since 2015 (158 deals) – the average deal value shows a healthy increase.

16th January 2020 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

The first 5G campus network in the Czech Republic to be rolled out in Ostrava

  • T-Mobile and VŠB-TUO will sign a memorandum on long-term cooperation
  • Business customers will have an opportunity to test the applications of 5G technology

16th January 2020 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

Coca-Cola will be delivering its products by hybrid cars in Prague

Starting last December, a total of 10 new Mitsubishi hybrid trucks began distributing Coca-Cola beverages around the wider center of Prague. Greener alternative of transport will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 23%. Due to the lack of drivers in the market, the company also decided to create its own team of 12 drivers instead of hiring external carriers.


14th January 2020 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment

EY: Renewable power is only part of the solution to meet net-zero targets

  • The electrification of transport and heat, hydrogen power and smart grid infrastructure are all essential investment areas
  • Matching capital with capacity requires new investment models
  • China retains top position on renewables index despite slowdown

To meet net-zero targets, investment is needed not just in renewable generation, but also in the electrification of transport and heat, hydrogen power and smart grid infrastructure, according to the 54th EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI).

13th January 2020 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency

Benefits and drawbacks of the 2020 amendment to the Czech General Fiscal Code

What’s new in the amendment to the Czech General Fiscal Code? More straightforward review procedures, lower default interest, electronic communication with the taxman, among others.

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.

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