Spotlight issue

14th July 2017 / Competitiveness / Digital Agenda

German Commissioner for Data Protection publishes recommendations for automated and connected cars

Earlier in June, German Commissioner for Data Protection issued recommendations for automated and connected cars:The Recommendations are non-binding. They are recommendations for the industry (suppliers, car manufacturers, and other data controllers) to give shape to the requirements of transparency and “privacy by design”. 

14th July 2017 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry

CzechInvest: Automotive Industry – The Engine of the Czech Economy

Ideas that aid innovation in the automotive industry do not originate only in Prague. At Brno University of Technology (BUT) and the related Central European Institute of Technology, a research group led by Pavel Václavek is working on projects investigating the potential of environmentally friendly vehicles. Brno, which proudly participates in Smart Cities projects, wants to be a pioneer of electromobility; with dozens of various partners, scientists are therefore investigating ways to improve the driving characteristics of electric vehicles.

14th July 2017 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency

OECD: The Czech Republic must take significant steps to enforce its foreign bribery laws, but demonstrates commitment to improve

The Czech Republic must strengthen its efforts to detect, investigate and prosecute foreign bribery OECD wrote in June 2017. Seventeen years after ratifying the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, the Czech Republic has yet to prosecute a case involving the bribery of foreign public officials. This is a cause for concern, especially considering the export-oriented nature of the Czech economy, which includes high-risk sectors for bribery including machinery and defence materials.

14th July 2017 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry

Timber Institute: What is the Path Towards Improving Timber Consumption in the Czech Republic?

Conclusions from the international survey carried out by the Timber Institute on behalf of Lesy ČR.Published by CZELO.


14th July 2017 / Politics / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Joint Statement of the Ministers for Science and Higher Education of the Visegrad Group on the future of the European Research Area (ERA) and of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) after 2020

In May 2017 Ministers responsible for Science and Higher Education of the Visegrad Group (V4) - Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - met in Cracow together with European Commissioner for Research and Innovation Carlos Moedas to discuss the current state of implementation of Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

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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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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