Spotlight issue

16th December 2020 / Politics / Elections

Fact Sheet Corona: Governmental Measures in CEE

Download up-to-date information on laws, regulations and governmental measures enacted in different areas due to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in Central and Eastern Europe, including Belarus, Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Updated frequently.

16th December 2020 / Competitiveness / Digital Agenda

Many people have learned to use new services. This is good news for tech companies, says Libor Čížek from Citi Commercial Bank

Thanks to automated solutions, the usual banker skills of years past are no longer enough. Communication with clients is more technical and project-managed by various implementation teams focusing on the development of services for digital economy companies, from e-commerce to software to fintech. “Cooperation therefore requires involvement of IT people on both sides,” says Libor Čížek from Citi Commercial Bank, where he leads a section focused on services for digital companies. He adds that “as for other trends, it is mainly about shifting the bank’s corporate customer experience closer to the retail banking customer’s experience, despite the higher complexity of services in the corporate world.” Another key aspect is the digitisation process, which has been accelerated by the ongoing pandemic.

16th December 2020 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency

Bird & Bird’s Digital Rights & Assets group review the EU’s draft Data Governance Act and discuss its political reception and interaction with GDPR

Our newly formed global Digital Rights & Assets group are delighted to present to you a podcast exploring some of the key issues relating to the European Commission’s draft Data Governance Act. In furtherance of its European Data Strategy, the Commission published the draft regulation on 25th November, seeking to bolster the European economy by setting up a framework to encourage data sharing and re-use of public sector data. 


15th December 2020 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance

Lump-sum Benefit for Meal Allowance

According to an amendment of the Income Tax Act approved by the Chamber of Deputies, employers will be able to provide employees with tax advantageous meal allowances directly in cash, in addition to the current options of providing company catering or meal vouchers.

14th December 2020 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

Czech National Bank: The vaccine game changer

The CNB will stay on hold this week but should confirm a more optimistic outlook for next year, driven by the vaccine news and recent fiscal package approval. This will push GDP and inflation higher and raise the odds of earlier rate hikes. But prudent wording might be chosen to prevent a sharp CZK appreciation. We look for two hikes in 2H21

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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