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27th October 2020 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency


Legal Update - October 2020

News in legislation

  • Amendment to the Civil Code in the field of consumer protection

26th October 2020 / Good governance / Legal Reform and Transparency


Abolition of so-called super-gross wage in the Czech Republic may raise take-home pay by several hundred or thousand crowns

The Czech ministry of finance has been preparing a draft bill which abolishes the concept of the super-gross wage. This will mean a bigger pay slip for employees.

26th October 2020 / Competitiveness / Energy and Environment


Coronavirus pandemic positively impacts sustainable private investments, public aid follows closely behind

The latest surveys and statistics show that investments into sustainable projects have been growing in the long term, also thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, it seems that ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) funds are more profitable than the traditional ones. The public sector is not lagging behind in aiding sustainable transformation; it is already possible to draw new funds on the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness (OPEIC), which can be used for driving innovation and more sustainable businesses. At a European level, new calls in the Horizon 2020 programme were announced which should help fulfil the goals of Green Deal. In addition, the European Commission published guidelines that will allow member states to compensate certain businesses for indirect costs in relation to the greenhouse gas emission trading scheme after 2021.

26th October 2020 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


Czech Republic: Household confidence falls in October

As the second wave of the pandemic surges, confidence in the Czech economy fell in October, mainly for services and consumers. But we think the figure is understated as the data isn't reflective of the latest partial lockdowns announced last week

22nd October 2020 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


Jan Švejnar in Discussion with Jeffrey Sachs

On 14 October Jan Švejnar was a guest speaker at Forum 2000 Conference - an annual discussion of global political, intellectual, spiritual, and business leaders founded by former Czech President Václav Havel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, and philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa.

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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