5th April 2019

Czech Legislation Update March 2019

Legislation covering the rights of British citizens in the Czech Republic in case of hard Brexit was published in the Collection of Acts on 14 March.

The Chamber of Deputies passed the Act on Personal Data Protection on 12 March.



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 bill is being reviewed by the Senate, the Upper Chamber of the Czech Parliament.

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 bill is being reviewed by the Senate, the Upper Chamber of the Czech Parliament.

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 is being reviewed by the Chamber Committees. 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. Change proposals to the bill have been submitted by MPs and Chamber Committees.

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

At its session on 11 March, the government approved Program supporting applied research in the field of health care for the period 2020 – 2026.

Also, the government approved Plan of non-legislative works for 2019. See also the approved Government Plan of Legislative Works for 2019 and Action Plan for Fight against Corruption 2019

On March 25, the government passed Program supporting applied research, experimental development and innovations in the field of transportation DOPRAVA 2020+ and Program supporting applied research, experimental development and innovations in the field of environment – Prostředí pro život.

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic