13th May 2019

Czech Legislation Update April/May 2019

From the sessions of the Chamber of Deputies

On 8 March, the Chamber of Deputies passed draft amendment to the Act on Free Access to Information (bill no. 50) suggesting that state-controlled institutions, including state-owned companies should dislose information (according to Act no. 106/1999) and contracts within the registry of contracts. The Senate, the Upper Chamber of the Czech Parliament, returned the bill to the Chamber of Deputies with change proposals.

The Government passed in June 2018 draft amendment to the Act on Residence of Foreigners in the Territory of the Czech Republic, a transposition of EU legislation related to residence of third countries nationals for the purpose of research and development, studying, internships, volunteering, exchange and au-pair programs. The bill (no. 203)‚ deals with the issues of, among others, quotas for economic migration, employee cards, and employee visas for specific situations in the Czech labour market. Besides EU measures, the bill includes measures proposed by the Ministry of the Interior. The Chamber of Deputies passed the bill on 13 March. The Senate returned the bill to the Chamber of Deputies with change proposals.

The Chamber of Deputies has been reviewing legislation related to the mandatory electronic prescription system - the patient's medical record. Physicians and pharmacists should be able to consult healthcare services (upon the patient's consent) on prescribed medical products. The bill also establishes the eRecept information system. The bill no. 302 had its second reading in the Chamber of Deputies and change proposals were submitted . Also, draft amendment to the Act on Sickness Insurance proposes obligation of electronic record of inability to work ("PN"). 

In September 2018, the Government greenlighted draft amendment to the Act on Investment Incentives (bill no. 298). State support should be provided primarily to projects with high value added and selected regions. The bill had its second reading, change proposals were submitted. More.

Draft amendment to the Construction Act (bill no. 279) is in the pipeline to be debated by the Chamber of Deputies. The aim of the bill is to abolish the institute of the binding opinion of the land planning authority. Furthermore, the aim is to establish jurisdiction of a municipal building authority to assess whether the intention is in line with the urban development policy objectives, plans and tasks, the land use planning documentation and other aspects. Another draft amendment to the Constructoin Act is bill no. 383. The current Construction Act has seen over 20 amendments so far and a material intent of a new Construction Act (i.e. a recodification of the Czech construction law) was drafted by the Ministry for Regional Development.

In July 2018, the Government passed draft amendment to the Act on Collection of Acts, including measures to complete the projects of e-Collection of Acts and International Treaties and e-Legislation. The Chamber Committees have been reviewing the bill (no. 256.)


 

From the sessions of the Government

On 15 April, the Government passed a plan to commence or complete 145 major transportation projects, two-thirds out of it comprise highways (23.5 km of newly-built highways planned for 2019) and roads. More.

At its session on 6 May, the Government greenlighted draft amendment to the Act on Support of Research, Experimental Development and Innovations, suggesting evaluation of research organizations as a whole rather than individual results of research organizations. The proposal also suggests the introduction of evidence of results of large research infrastructures and records of international cooperation projects in research, development and innovation, financed from foreign sources as well as the introduction of he institute of the so-called “projects of shared activities”, among others.

The Government also passed the so-called Digital Constitution draft (the Act on the Right to Provision of Digital Services) proposing the process towards digital public administration (bill no. 447). More. The Government expressed comments and proposed changes to the bill. 

 

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