Spotlight issue

8th October 2020 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

5 vulnerabilities sparked by the shift to 5G networks

Although there's a lot of buzz around the benefits of 5G, it's also important to highlight vulnerabilities that come along with them

Protecting 5G users begins with protecting 5G networks. The shift to 5G will include a complete change in our current networks from classical hardware networks to virtual, software-defined networks.

8th October 2020 / Competitiveness / Health Care

Biontech and Pfizer initiate rolling submission to European medicines agency for SARS-COV-2 vaccine candidate BNT162b2

  • Rolling review accepted by the EMA based on available preclinical and clinical data for BNT162b2 to date
  • BioNTech and Pfizer will continue regular and open dialogue with the EMA providing results from their ongoing Phase 3 study


7th October 2020 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

Another blow for Czech industry as the automotive sector slumps

Czech industrial production fell by 0.9% month-on-month and the year-on-year decline slightly increased to -5.5%, mainly due to weaker production in the automotive sector. Since the start of the year, Czech industry has dropped by 12%

7th October 2020 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Prague Airport Enhances Cyberattack Protection with New Cyber Security Operation Centre

Václav Havel Airport Prague has launched operations of one of the most modern and technically advanced cyber security workplaces in the Czech Republic. The new Cyber ​​Security Operation Centre (CSOC) is designed to strengthen the protection of the strategic infrastructure of the largest international airport in the country against cyberattacks and to prevent the misuse of airport information systems. The centre runs 24 hours a day, during which it performs complete monitoring of internal IT systems and all operations performed in order to detect threats ina timely manner and ensure an immediate and appropriate response. Every year, Prague Airport invests CZK 40 million in the protection of its critical information systems, including the purchase and operation of technology and personnel costs.

7th October 2020 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

Effective Restrictions Against Covid Could Pay For Themselves

The Czech government has announced new restrictive measures to stop the rapid spread of Covid-19 in the country. Not surprisingly, we are witnessing a heated debate on this issue. A study on restriction costs by CERGE-EI is showing that effective temporary restrictions are the best way to protect public health and the economy.

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.


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