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26th August 2020 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry


How COVID-19 is changing workplace design

New health standards have companies adapting offices with a focus on tech.

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


Czech Economic Outlook: Economy breathing but fitness is a long way off

The Czech economy is expanding

The economy bottomed in 2Q but has now started to rebound. In the second quarter, the economic situation could be better than we had initially expected. However, for the coming quarters, we now expect a lower growth rate. All in all, the economy is likely return to pre-crisis levels by the end of 2021.  

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


Termination of emergency measures related to insolvency

On 31 August 2020, most of the measures introduced by the so-called lex covid, the law adopted to mitigate the effects of a pandemic in relation (not only) to insolvency law, will terminated.

25th August 2020 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry


Almost Half of Chemical Companies Fear Losing Markets Due to Not Meeting Customers’ Needs, New Research from Accenture Shows

But two-thirds say getting customer centricity right can boost profits by more than 10%

Despite seeing customer centricity ― i.e., the ability to anticipate and meet customer needs ― as a top priority, nearly half (46%) of chemical companies/suppliers say they’re struggling to get it right and fear competitors will take their customers, according to new research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).

25th August 2020 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance


European Commission’s first plans for tax reform within the EU

In mid-July, the European Commission published a first draft of a new tax package aimed to boost the economy and create fair and simple taxation rules within the EU. A more detailed version will be published at the end of 2020, should the OECD’s initiatives mainly regarding corporate and digital tax fail to be implemented.

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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