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17th July 2018 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

Inflation accelerated to 2.6% while the share of unemployed slid to 2.9%

Inflation spiked to 2.6% in June, which represents the highest level since last November. After the slowdown at the turn of 2017/2018, it seemed that the rapid wage growth does not pass through into inflation. Yet, June and May showed that the effect was just delayed and that wages already support inflation strongly. In June, the statisticians also recorded a decent increase in food, fuel and electricity prices. Accelerating inflation together with a weaker koruna highlights the risk that the CNB will go for a hike in August, Komerční banka says.

13th July 2018 / Economic policy / Health Care

The Economist Intelligence Unit: Optimising Czech Healthcare: Completing the transition

According to the report published by The Economist Intellligence Unit in June 2018, the overall system of healthcare delivery needs modernisation, with an excess of investment in hospital care rather than in primary care, a looming shortage of general practitioners and an underdeveloped electronic healthcare (e-healthcare) infrastructure driving the need for structural changes. These factors, combined with a lack of sufficient political will for reforming the system, have hobbled policymakers in the past and will present a key test for the country’s government. 

13th July 2018 / Competitiveness / Trade and Investment

The fDi report 2018

FDI into Emerging Europe increased across project numbers (8%) and capital investment (17%), yet retained only 25% of total market share for fDi projects into Europe.

11th July 2018 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance

Private Equity Confidence Survey - Summer 2018

The Private Equity Confidence Survey has been tracking the changing sentiments of the Central European investment community every six months since 2003. Deloitte Central Europe proudly presents the latest report which marks the 31st edition of the programme.

10th July 2018 / Competitiveness / Digital Agenda

F. Salzgeber, ESA for "There are no space technologies as such."

"I think you have got a good combination of universities, research centers and innovation and technology centers which are literally just across the street. People can change buildings and faculties and keep even the coffee warm by running because it is so close together. Overall, there is a good environment here and I think we should not only go to the big cities because bright heads are spread across the country and also here in Brno," says Frank Salzgeber, Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Center at the European Space Agency in an interview for

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

Advocacy Priorities for 2018-2020 

1. Setting a predictable policy for economic immigration based on the goal of maintaining current levels of employment for Czech citizens and wage growth that corresponds to productivity growth.  

2. Establishing incentives for companies and individuals to provide the qualifications and skills necessary for the automation of production and service industries.  

3. Introducing machine and computer programming as a required language in elementary and high schools.  

4. Improving the Healthy Life Years of the workforce and overall population through better prevention programs, better diagnostics, and better treatment.  

1. Develop a plan for developing and maintaining an integrated rail, road and air commercial logistics systems.  

2. Integrate the Prague airport into the national commuter network.  

3. Increase digital infrastructure capacity throughout country. 

4. Develop a housing plan that will create more entry-level housing in Prague and Brno for purchase or rent.  

1. Reform investment incentives to concentrate on product research, development and production.  

2. Establish policy objectives in the area of health, energy, transport, environment and other areas and use these objectives for allocating public research funds. 

3. Require major public procurements to use objective and measurable criteria for innovation. 


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