Spotlight issue

3rd February 2018 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Masaryk University: Leading life science institutions from Central and Eastern Europe form Alliance4Life

Despite heavy investments and other funding coming in past decade from the EU, a substantial gap in research performance and innovation potential persists between the East and the West of the EU. Member institutions of the Alliance4Life believe that to a large extent solution to this problem is to be found in improved governance and managerial practices as well as development of institutional culture at research institutions.

2nd February 2018 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry

Radio Prague: New flat prices in Prague rise by almost 20% in 2017

The average price rise for new flat in the Czech capital Prague rose last year by around 19.1 percent to reach around 85,223 crowns per square metre, according to a group of the leading developers and builders of new flats in the city, Radio Prague writes.

2nd February 2018 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

CNB raises rates, but forecasts stronger koruna, fewer hikes

The Czech National Bank (CNB) today increased the repo rate to 0.75%. The decision was unanimous (all five present members voted for a hike). The press conference was more interesting than the decision. Governor Rusnok presented a new forecast, which included the regulator’s projected EUR/CZK trajectory. It shows the CZK strengthening to EUR/CZK 24.6 by year-end. However, the forecast shows limited growth in rates for the remainder of the year. Komercni banka expects slower CZK appreciation and a stronger economy to allow central bankers to normalise rates at a swifter tempo. Komercni banka assumes three more hikes this year, with the repo rate at 1.5% at year-end.        

1st February 2018 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry

Macro Indicators Underpin Strong CEE

CEE Economies—and thus the industrial real estate sector—has shrugged off international and local political risks, like Middle East wars, nuclear grandstanding, superpower social media meddling, and local political infighting, according to CTP Invest.

1st February 2018 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency

WJP Rule of Law Index 2017: Czech Republic lands in the group of countries with declining rule of law

The Czech Republic ranked 17th globally, 12th regionally in the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2017, the same results as in 2016. The country landed in the group of countries with Declining Rule of Law, still, it gained above median scores. 

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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