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Czech Legislation Update July 2015 (updated)

30 July 2015

The next session of the Government will be held on 20 August 2015. Parliamentaty sessions will start in September.

From the sessions of the Government:

At its session on 29 July, the the Government passed the draft amendment to the Act on Association in Political Parties and Political Movements that includes the issue of political party financing. The stated intent of the draft act is to introduce more transparent control of financing of political parties and political movements. This includes using transparent bank accounts, setting limits for donations from physical and legal entities, providing detailed overview of incomes and expenditures within annual reports, including elections-related expenditures, and publishing annual reports on the internet. The draft act also gives political parties and movements the opportunity to set up research-oriented political institutes or think-tanks that would be eligible for state contributions. The draft act also provides for the foundation of an independent authority for controlling financing of political parties, based on GRECO (Group of States against Corruption under Council of Europe) recommendations. According to the draft amendment, the limit for a donation of an individual to a political party is set at 3 million CZK. The proposed limits for election campaign financing are following: 90 million CZK for general elections, 40 million CZK for presidential elections, 7 million CZK for regional elections, No limits were set for municipal elections, including the Prague Magistrate. The limit for elections to the European Parliament remains at 50 million CZK. Also, the Government passed draft act introducing changes to election-related acts and other related acts.

The Government also passed the amendment to the Act on the Conflict of Interest. The material proposes the introduction of an obligation to submit a declaration proving the origin of assets owned by public service officers/politicians on the very first day of his/her service in the new function. The current obligation requires submission of such declaration after one year in office.

On 29 July, the Government greenlighted stricter regulation of hazard.

On 8 July the Government approved the pilot project of three preferential industrial zones - in Ostrava-Mošnov, Holešov and Most-Joseph - with more than 150ha and 40% of available space each. The project is a part of the amendment to the Investment Incentives Act that came into effect in May 2015. More such zones could be proposed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade after the pilot project evaluation. Click here to read more about the new economic zones and here to read more about the current state of investment incentives.

At its session on 1 July the Government approved the Strategy of Digital Literacy for the Period 2015-2020. The intent of the strategy is to develop digital literacy of Czech citizens in such a way that they become more and more capable of using the potential of digital technologies for their lifelong personal growth and increasing quality of life. Read the Strategy and related World Internet Project 2014 report for the Czech Republic  published by the expert team at the Charles University, Prague.

At its session on 1 July 2015 the Government passed draft amendment to the Act on Elections to the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The intent of the draft amendment is to introduce minimum tresholds for the representation of female and male candidates on lists of candidates in the regional and general elections. These measures would not apply to the elections to the Senate (the Uppet Chamber of the Parliament) and presidential elections. The suggested threshold is 40% of women and 40% of men on each list of candidates. First two places on each candidate list should be given to one female and one male candidate.

 

From the sessions of the Parliament:

The draft Act on Proving the Origin of Assets is having its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies (Bill no. 235). The Government submitted its position (neutral) on the bill to the Chamber of Deputies on 15 July.

At its session on 6 May 2015 the Government passed a draft amendment to the Act on the Support of Research, Experimental Development and Innovation. The material is having its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies (Bill no. 489). The aim of the bill is to harmonize the Czech law with the new EU legislation and thus increase clarity and applicability of the national legislation. The draft amendment comprises changes in terminology, definitions (industrial research, applied research, experimental development, research organizations), conditions for subsidies and cummulation thereof, etc.

The draft Act on the Electronic Evidence of Payments is having its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies (Bill no. 513). The Economic and Budget Committees of the Chamber will review the Bill on 2 September. The stated intent of the Bill is to address tax evasion and increase the effectivity of tax collection (income tax, VAT).

The draft Act on State Prosecution is having its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies (Bill no. 432).

The Government approved on 9 March 2015 a draft amendment to the Act on Significant Market Power for the Sale of Agricultural and Food Products and Abuse thereof. The Bill no. 444 is being reviewed by the Committees of of the Chamber of Deputies (Committee for Agriculture on 15 July and Economic Committee on 2 September).The Bill extends the list of banned practices of retail chains, such as charging of listing fees, for example. Newly, according to the draft act, sanctions for violation of the law by retail chains could be as high as 10% of their net turnover or 10 million CZK. At its session on 3 June, the Government rejected another draft amendment to the Act (Bill no. 478). Proponents (a group of MPs) suggest termination of the Act, as, among other reasons, it only addresses the issue of dominance on the part of buyers without mentioning the dominant position of suppliers in buyer-supplier relationships. This is a discriminatory approach, and in their words, the best regulation would be no regulation in the case of the Czech retail market.

The draft amendment to the Insurance Act, Bill no. 414, was reviewed by the Chamber of Deputies on 16 June and is heading to the third reading. As of 1 January 2016 EU Directives 64/225/EHS, 73/239/EHS, 73/240/EHS, 76/580/EHS, 78/473/EHS, 84/641/EHS, 87/344/EHS, 88/357/EHS, 92/49/EHS, 98/78/ES, 2001/17/ES, 2002/83/ES and 2005/68/ES will be abolished and replaced by the Solvency II Directive, the aim of which is harmonization of the rules for the insurance and reinsurance businesses within the EU. The Solvency II Directive establishes the so-called EU Passport, which is a single licence for insurers to operate in all EU member states, given that they fulfill conditions set by the EU. The issuance of the passport-licence in the Czech Republic will fall under the competence of the Czech National Bank. The conditions for application and the process of licence issuance for entities with residence in the Czech Republic will stay more or less unchanged and the administrative burden related to the application for licence will be lower, the proponents of the draft amendment suggest. The licence will apply either to insurance or reinsurance business activities, i.e. it won’t cover both. The aim of the Directive is to minimize insolvency risks, too.

The Government passed a draft amendment to the Act on Universities, at its session on 15 April 2015. The draft amendment is currently being reviewed by the Chamber of Deputies (Bill no. 464); the debate was interrupted and the draft amendment will be discussed in the Committee for Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport on 24 September. The intent of the bill is, among others, to regulate accreditation activities and ensure high quality of tertiary education in the Czech Republic, as well as regulate activities of branches of foreign universities operating in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic experienced a surge in the number of university students between 2000 and 2014. In 2000, there were 8 private universities, compared with 44 private universities in 2014. The number of public universities increased by 2 (from 24 to 26) and the number of state universities decreased from 4 to 2 (3 army schools merged into 1) in the last 14 years. The number of new students entering Czech universities rised by 86 percentage points in that period and the share of those having tertiary education in the Czech population aged 25 to 64 grew from 10,96% to 19,28%. The diversity of study fields is high, with around 8829 study study fields in 2700 study programs (as of 30 June 2014).

The draft amendment to the Act on Free Access to Information, Bill no. 395, on 8 July. The Senate, the Upper Chamber of the Czech Parliament will debate the bill at its session starting on 12 August.. The stated intent of the Bill is to harmonize Czech legislation with the EU’s Public Sector Information Directive (2013/37/EU) on re-use of public sector information. The PSI Directive focuses on the economic aspects of re-use of information rather than on the access of citizens to information. The re-use of public sector information covers commercial and non-commercial use by users outside the public sector (businesses, NGOs, academic research). The public sector information could be accessible also via remote access, for example.

The Senate, the Upper Chamber of the Czech Parliament approved amendment to the Labor Code, Bill no. 376, on 23 July. The provisions governing liability of an employer for damage caused as a result of work-related accidents and occupational disease, which are currently placed among transitional provisions of the Labor Code, should become an integral part of the Labor Code (in force from 1 January 2009). Originally, the administration of the employee accident insurance should have been transferred from employers to the social security system, based on the separate Act on Employee Accident Insurance.

Also, on 23 July, the Senate endorsed the amendment to the Act on Employment. The amendment introduces the so- called „kurzarbeit“. The intent behind the measure is to secure at least part-time work for employees with at least 70% of wage paid out during the critical period. The government will assist companies in crisis by covering 20% of wages whereas employers will cover 50% of wages. The bill was submitted to the President.

The Senate passed PM Sobotka’s National Program of Reforms.

 

The Ministry for Regional Development submitted draft Act on Public Procurement to the Legislative Council of the Government.

The interministrerial review of the draft amendment to the Insolvency (Bankruptcy) Act ended on 12 June. The stated intent of the draft amendment is to increase the control over insolvency administrators, courts and transparency of insolvency proceedings, including  better protection against bullying behavior in insolvency and strengthening of delivery of documents into data boxes. Click here to view the draft amendment.

The interministerial review of the draft amendment to the Act on Employment ended on 9 June. The purpose of the amendment is to regulate temporary employment, including chaining of fixed-term contracts, quotas for temporary employees and protection of temporary employees against insolvency of their employer. Click here to read the draft amendment.

The interministerial review of the draft amendment to the Act on the Residence of Foreigners in the Czech Republic ended on 6 June. The stated intent of the draft amendment is to make the Act simple, compact and user-friendly. For example, the proponents of the bill suggest separation of the EU agenda (entry, residence) from the agenda related to third countries' nationals. The new system should pass more responsibility on foreigners/applicants and/or entities that need these foreigners to enter and reside in the Czech Republic. Click here to read the draft amendment.

20 years of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in the Czech Republic. Medals for national service awarded

22 July 2015

RFE/RL began broadcasting from Munich to the former Soviet Union and eastern and central Europe in 1950, moving its operations to Prague in 1995 at the invitation of then Czech President Vaclav Havel. Sixty-five years after its first broadcast, RFE/RL is a leading innovator in international media, reaching an audience of 23.3 million people in 24 countries and 28 languages on TV, web, social networks, and mobile platforms.

Two Karel Kramar medals for national service were warded at the ceremony held on 2 July 2015...Read more.

Radio Free Europe: Kazakhstan plans visa-free travel for OECD citizens from 2017

21 July 2015

Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Rapil Joshybayev says his country is planning to introduce visa-free travel for citizens of countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from the start of 2017. The OECD counts 34 member states, including the Czech Republic. Read more.

Czech National Bank holds 27CZK/EUR, more frequent interventions possible

20 July 2015

For the first time since November 2013, the Czech National Bank intervened to hold the Czech crown above the 27CZK/EUR level. We could see more frequent small interventions, as more and more euros are flowing into the economy and the crown exchange rate has been very close to the intervention line, analysts say...Read more here and here.

Czech Legislation Update July 2015

17 July 2015

 

The Ministry for Regional Development submitted draft Act on Public Procurement to the Legislative Council of the Government.

At its session on 25 June, the Legislative Council of the Government passed the draft amendment to the Act on Association in Political Parties and Political Movements that includes the issue of political party financing. The stated intent of the draft act is to introduce more transparent control of financing of political parties and political movements. This includes using transparent bank accounts, setting limits for donations from physical and legal entities, providing detailed overview of incomes and expenditures within annual reports, including elections-related expenditures, and publishing annual reports on the internet. The draft act also gives political parties and movements the opportunity to set up research-oriented political institutes or think-tanks that would be eligible for state contributions. The draft act also provides for the foundation of an independent authority for controlling financing of political parties, based on GRECO (Group of States against Corruption under Council of Europe) recommendations. The draft amendment will be debated by the Government. The Legislative Council of the Government also passed draft act introducing changes to election-related acts and other related acts. Read more.

 

From the sessions of the Government:

On 8 July the Government approved the pilot project of three preferential industrial zones - in Ostrava-Mošnov, Holešov and Most-Joseph - with more than 150ha and 40% of available space each. The project is a part of the amendment to the Investment Incentives Act that came into effect in May 2015. More such zones could be proposed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade after the pilot project evaluation. Click here to read more about the new economic zones and here to read more about the current state of investment incentives.

At its session on 1 July the Government approved the Strategy of Digital Literacy for the Period 2015-2020. The intent of the strategy is to develop digital literacy of Czech citizens in such a way that they become more and more capable of using the potential of digital technologies for their lifelong personal growth and increasing quality of life. Read the Strategy and related World Internet Project 2014 report for the Czech Republic  published by the expert team at the Charles University, Prague.

At its session on 1 July 2015 the Government passed draft amendment to the Act on Elections to the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The intent of the draft amendment is to introduce minimum tresholds for the representation of female and male candidates on lists of candidates in the regional and general elections. These measures would not apply to the elections to the Senate (the Uppet Chamber of the Parliament) and presidential elections. The suggested threshold is 40% of women and 40% of men on each list of candidates. First two places on each candidate list should be given to one female and one male candidate.

 

From the sessions of the Parliament:

The draft Act on Proving the Origin of Assets is having its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies (Bill no. 235). The Government submitted its position (neutral) on the bill to the Chamber of Deputies on 15 July.

At its session on 6 May 2015 the Government passed a draft amendment to the Act on the Support of Research, Experimental Development and Innovation. The material is having its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies (Bill no. 489). The aim of the bill is to harmonize the Czech law with the new EU legislation and thus increase clarity and applicability of the national legislation. The draft amendment comprises changes in terminology, definitions (industrial research, applied research, experimental development, research organizations), conditions for subsidies and cummulation thereof, etc.

The draft Act on the Electronic Evidence of Payments is having its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies (Bill no. 513). The Economic and Budget Committees of the Chamber will review the Bill on 2 September. The stated intent of the Bill is to address tax evasion and increase the effectivity of tax collection (income tax, VAT).

The draft Act on State Prosecution is having its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies (Bill no. 432).

The Government approved on 9 March 2015 a draft amendment to the Act on Significant Market Power for the Sale of Agricultural and Food Products and Abuse thereof. The Bill no. 444 is being reviewed by the Committees of of the Chamber of Deputies (Committee for Agriculture on 15 July and Economic Committee on 2 September).The Bill extends the list of banned practices of retail chains, such as charging of listing fees, for example. Newly, according to the draft act, sanctions for violation of the law by retail chains could be as high as 10% of their net turnover or 10 million CZK. At its session on 3 June, the Government rejected another draft amendment to the Act (Bill no. 478). Proponents (a group of MPs) suggest termination of the Act, as, among other reasons, it only addresses the issue of dominance on the part of buyers without mentioning the dominant position of suppliers in buyer-supplier relationships. This is a discriminatory approach, and in their words, the best regulation would be no regulation in the case of the Czech retail market.

The draft amendment to the Insurance Act, Bill no. 414, was reviewed by the Chamber of Deputies on 16 June and is heading to the third reading. As of 1 January 2016 EU Directives 64/225/EHS, 73/239/EHS, 73/240/EHS, 76/580/EHS, 78/473/EHS, 84/641/EHS, 87/344/EHS, 88/357/EHS, 92/49/EHS, 98/78/ES, 2001/17/ES, 2002/83/ES and 2005/68/ES will be abolished and replaced by the Solvency II Directive, the aim of which is harmonization of the rules for the insurance and reinsurance businesses within the EU. The Solvency II Directive establishes the so-called EU Passport, which is a single licence for insurers to operate in all EU member states, given that they fulfill conditions set by the EU. The issuance of the passport-licence in the Czech Republic will fall under the competence of the Czech National Bank. The conditions for application and the process of licence issuance for entities with residence in the Czech Republic will stay more or less unchanged and the administrative burden related to the application for licence will be lower, the proponents of the draft amendment suggest. The licence will apply either to insurance or reinsurance business activities, i.e. it won’t cover both. The aim of the Directive is to minimize insolvency risks, too.

The Government passed a draft amendment to the Act on Universities, at its session on 15 April 2015. The draft amendment is currently being reviewed by the Chamber of Deputies (Bill no. 464); the debate was interrupted and the draft amendment will be discussed in the Committee for Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport on 24 September. The intent of the bill is, among others, to regulate accreditation activities and ensure high quality of tertiary education in the Czech Republic, as well as regulate activities of branches of foreign universities operating in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic experienced a surge in the number of university students between 2000 and 2014. In 2000, there were 8 private universities, compared with 44 private universities in 2014. The number of public universities increased by 2 (from 24 to 26) and the number of state universities decreased from 4 to 2 (3 army schools merged into 1) in the last 14 years. The number of new students entering Czech universities rised by 86 percentage points in that period and the share of those having tertiary education in the Czech population aged 25 to 64 grew from 10,96% to 19,28%. The diversity of study fields is high, with around 8829 study study fields in 2700 study programs (as of 30 June 2014).

The draft amendment to the Act on Free Access to Information, Bill no. 395, on 8 July. The draft amendment is heading to the Senate, the Upper Chamber of the Czech Parliament. The stated intent of the Bill is to harmonize Czech legislation with the EU’s Public Sector Information Directive (2013/37/EU) on re-use of public sector information. The PSI Directive focuses on the economic aspects of re-use of information rather than on the access of citizens to information. The re-use of public sector information covers commercial and non-commercial use by users outside the public sector (businesses, NGOs, academic research). The public sector information could be accessible also via remote access, for example.

The chamber of Deputies approved draft amendment to the Labor Code, Bill no. 376, on 19 June. The Constitutional and Health Care Committees of the Senate, the Upper Chamber of the Czech Parliament, approved the bill on 15 July. Senators will vote on the bill at a plenary session starting on 22 July. The proponents of the amendment suggests that provisions governing liability of an employer for damage caused as a result of work-related accidents and occupational disease, which are currently placed among transitional provisions of the Labor Code, should become an integral part of the Labor Code (in force from 1 January 2009). Originally, the administration of the employee accident insurance should have been transferred from employers to the social security system, based on the separate Act on Employee Accident Insurance.

 

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The interministrerial review of the draft amendment to the Insolvency (Bankruptcy) Act ended on 12 June. The stated intent of the draft amendment is to increase the control over insolvency administrators, courts and transparency of insolvency proceedings, including  better protection against bullying behavior in insolvency and strengthening of delivery of documents into data boxes. Click here to view the draft amendment.

The interministerial review of the draft amendment to the Act on Employment ended on 9 June. The purpose of the amendment is to regulate temporary employment, including chaining of fixed-term contracts, quotas for temporary employees and protection of temporary employees against insolvency of their employer. Click here to read the draft amendment.

The interministerial review of the draft amendment to the Act on the Residence of Foreigners in the Czech Republic ended on 6 June. The stated intent of the draft amendment is to make the Act simple, compact and user-friendly. For example, the proponents of the bill suggest separation of the EU agenda (entry, residence) from the agenda related to third countries' nationals. The new system should pass more responsibility on foreigners/applicants and/or entities that need these foreigners to enter and reside in the Czech Republic. Click here to read the draft amendment.

Three Prague-Beijing flights per week from 23 September

12 July 2015

Hainan Airlines will operate three direct flights between Prague and Beijing per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays) as of 23 September 2015. Read more in Czech and English.

Czech Statistical Office: Economic ties between Czech Republic and Greece

08 July 2015

According to the Czech Statistical Office, the intensity of product flows between the countries is low, with imports from Greece slightly exceeding 1.2 billion CZK and exports reaching less than 1.8 billion CZK in 2014, which is around 0.3% of the total volume of Czech exports to and about 0.3% of Czech imports from the European Union. As for services, the ties are more intense. Read more.

Czech Legislation Update June 2015 (updated)

26 June 2015

President Zeman signed the act preventing new clients from entering the second pillar of the pension system.

At its session on 25 June, the Legislative Council of the Government passed the draft amendment to the Act on Association in Political Parties and Political Movements that includes the issue of political party financing. The stated intent of the draft act is to introduce more transparent control of financing of political parties and political movements. This includes using transparent bank accounts, setting limits for donations from physical and legal entities, providing detailed overview of incomes and expenditures within annual reports, including elections-related expenditures, and publishing annual reports on the internet. The draft act also gives political parties and movements the opportunity to set up research-oriented political institutes or think-tanks that would be eligible for state contributions. The draft act also provides for the foundation of an independent authority for controlling financing of political parties, based on GRECO (Group of States against Corruption under Council of Europe) recommendations. The draft amendment will be debated by the Government. The Legislative Council of the Government also passed draft act introducing changes to election-related acts and other related acts. Read more.

The interministrerial review of the draft amendment to the Insolvency (Bankruptcy) Act ended on 12 June. The stated intent of the draft amendment is to increase the control over insolvency administrators, courts and transparency of insolvency proceedings, including  better protection against bullying behavior in insolvency and strengthening of delivery of documents into data boxes. Click here to view the draft amendment.

The interministerial review of the draft amendment to the Act on Employment ended on 9 June. The purpose of the amendment is to regulate temporary employment, including chaining of fixed-term contracts, quotas for temporary employees and protection of temporary employees against insolvency of their employer. Click here to read the draft amendment.

The interministerial review of the draft amendment to the Act on the Residence of Foreigners in the Czech Republic ended on 6 June. The stated intent of the draft amendment is to make the Act simple, compact and user-friendly. For example, the proponents of the bill suggest separation of the EU agenda (entry, residence) from the agenda related to third countries' nationals. The new system should pass more responsibility on foreigners/applicants and/or entities that need these foreigners to enter and reside in the Czech Republic. Click here to read the draft amendment.

At its session on 3 June, the Government rejected the Bill no. 478, a draft amendment to the Act on Significant Market Power for the Sale of Agricultural and Food Products and Abuse thereof. Proponents (a group of MPs) suggest termination, as, among other reasons, it only addresses the issue of dominance on the part of buyers without mentioning the dominant position of suppliers in buyer-supplier relationships. This is a discriminatory approach. In their words, the best regulation would be no regulation in the case of the Czech retail market. The Government already approved on 9 March 2015 a draft amendment to the Act on Significant Market Power. The Bill extends the list of banned practices of retail chains, such as charging of listing fees, for example. Newly, according to the draft act, sanctions for violation of the law by retail chains could be as high as 10% of their net turnover or 10 million CZK. The Bill will have its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies at its session starting on 16 June.

The draft amendment to the Act on Free Access to Information, Bill no. 395, had its second reading and was debated in the Chamber of Deputies on 17 June. The bill was passed to the third reading. The stated intent of the Bill is to harmonize Czech legislation with the EU’s Public Sector Information Directive (2013/37/EU) on re-use of public sector information. The PSI Directive focuses on the economic aspects of re-use of information rather than on the access of citizens to information. The re-use of public sector information covers commercial and non-commercial use by users outside the public sector (businesses, NGOs, academic research). The public sector information could be accessible also via remote access, for example.

The draft amendment to the Insurance Act, Bill no. 414, was debated by the Chamber of Deputies on 16 June. Changing proposals were submitted to MPs and further debate will be possible after 1 July. As of 1 January 2016 EU Directives 64/225/EHS, 73/239/EHS, 73/240/EHS, 76/580/EHS, 78/473/EHS, 84/641/EHS, 87/344/EHS, 88/357/EHS, 92/49/EHS, 98/78/ES, 2001/17/ES, 2002/83/ES and 2005/68/ES will be abolished and replaced by the Solvency II Directive, the aim of which is harmonization of the rules for the insurance and reinsurance businesses within the EU. The Solvency II Directive establishes the so-called EU Passport, which is a single licence for insurers to operate in all EU member states, given that they fulfill conditions set by the EU. The issuance of the passport-licence in the Czech Republic will fall under the competence of the Czech National Bank. The conditions for application and the process of licence issuance for entities with residence in the Czech Republic will stay more or less unchanged and the administrative burden related to the application for licence will be lower, the proponents of the draft amendment suggest. The licence will apply either to insurance or reinsurance business activities, i.e. it won’t cover both. The aim of the Directive is to minimize insolvency risks, too.

The chamber of Deputies approved draft amendment to the Labor Code, Bill no. 376, on 19 June. The bill is heading to the Senate, the Upper Chamber of the Czech Parliament. The amendment suggests that provisions governing liability of an employer for damage caused as a result of work-related accidents and occupational disease, which are currently placed among transitional provisions of the Labor Code, should become an integral part of the Labor Code (in force from 1 January 2009). Originally, the administration of the employee accident insurance should have been transferred from employers to the social security system, based on the separate Act on Employee Accident Insurance. The Act should have come into force on 1 January 2010, but the actual date has been postponed several times - recently until January 2017. The Bill is heading to the second reading in the Chamber of Deputies.

Another draft amendment to the Labor Code, Bill no. 393 is having its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies. The intent of the Bill is to eliminate the institute of the so-called „karencni lhuta“. The employee, who has been recognized to be temporarily unfit for work (i.e. whose temporary incapacity for work has been recognized) or whose quarantine has been ordered, is entitled during the first 14 calendar days (or during the first 21 calendar days when it is from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2013) of his temporary incapacity for work or quarantine to compensatory wage or salary. However, the employee is not entitled to compensation of wage or salary for the first three days of his/her temporary incapacity for work (the so-called karencni lhuta). The Czech Constitutiomal Court rejected the institute of “karencni lhuta“as unconstitutional in 2008, but it was re-introduced later.

The Government passed a draft amendment to the Act on Universities, at its session on 15 April 2015. The draft amendment is currently in the Chamber of Deputies as Bill no. 464 and is being debated by the Chamber Committees. Its intent is, among others, to regulate accreditation activities and ensure high quality of tertiary education in the Czech Republic, as well as regulate activities of branches of foreign universities operating in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic experienced a surge in the number of university students between 2000 and 2014. In 2000, there were 8 private universities, compared with 44 private universities in 2014. The number of public universities increased by 2 (from 24 to 26) and the number of state universities decreased from 4 to 2 (3 army schools merged into 1) in the last 14 years. The number of new students entering Czech universities rised by 86 percentage points in that period and the share of those having tertiary education in the Czech population aged 25 to 64 grew from 10,96% to 19,28%. The diversity of study fields is high, with around 8829 study study fields in 2700 study programs (as of 30 June 2014).

At its session on 25 May 2015 the Government allocated 28,591 mil. CZK for 2016, 29 mil. CZK for 2017 and 29,166 mil. CZK for 2018 from the state budget for reasearch, experimental development and innovation. Clicke here to view the document. The Government also resolved that the Minster of Education submits an updated Czech Road Map of Large Infrastructural Projects of research, experimental development and innovation for 2016-2022 period by 30 September 2015.

Czech Statistical Office: Health care expenditures increase slows down

24 June 2015

According to the June edition of the Czech Statistical Office journal Statistika a my, health care expenditures in the Czech Republic rose from 219bn CZK in 2005 to 292bn CZK in 2013, with households health care spending amounting to 23bn CZK and 42bn CZK, respectively (i.e.+83%, while the expenditures of health insurance companies rose by 31% only).

The greatest part of expenditures of households covers medicaments, medical devices, direct dental procedures, various fees and certificates, and aesthetic surgery procedures. Since 2011, households expenditures on prescription drugs have been stable above 9bn CZK. Over-the-counter drugs sales peaked in 2012, reaching more then 12bn CZK. The state collected 5.49bn CZK on regulatory fees in 2013, an increase by 3 percentage points compared with 2012. The costs of treatment of oncology patients rose by almost one-fifth between 2012 and 2013, from 16.7bn CZK to 19.1bn CZK. Read more.

Czech Statistical Office: Optimism, relaxed budgets behind high investment dynamics in 2014

22 June 2015

In 2014, investment in the Czech Republic grew by 4.5% in real terms, compared with 1.0% growth in the Eurozone and 2.3% in the EU. For the first time since 2010, the Czech investment growth dynamics exceeded the dynamics in the United States of America. The investment rate for the Czech Republic in 2014 (25.3%) was much higher than the EU's rate of 19.3%.

In terms of investment volume, the greatest increase in investment was seen in the sectors of building and construction (+6.9%), technology (ICT, machinery, equipment +6.8%) and IPR products, including research and development and software purchase (+3.3%).

The main reasons behind the Czech 2014 investment growth were optimistic expectations and less tight budgets of businesses. Investment by non-financial and financial businesses increased by 5.7% and 8.7%, respectively. Volume of investment by government institutions rose by 17.6% (compared with 35.2% fall in 2010-2013).

Investment by households and non-governmenal organisations fell by 1.9% in 2014.

Click here to read more and view investment development in the Czech Republic in 1993-2014.

Source: June 2015 issue of the Czech Statistical Office journal Statistika a my

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