12th October 2015

Politics: EC Vice-president for Digital Single Market on Czech Television: Czech Republic ranks 17th in EU in digital development, can do better. (updated)


The Czech Republic can improve its current position in digital performance if the public sector offers more services to people, said Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President for Digital Single Market in an interview for Czech Television on 7 October. On the one hand, Czech Republic lags behind in public or medical services provided via internet, for example. Only 7.8% of medicaments prescriptions, compared with the EU average of 17%, are issued electronically. On the other hand, Czech small and medium-sized businesses do very well online and the country ranks first in the EU in selling online. Find out more also on the issues of roaming ban and geo-blocking here. Read an interview on the Euractiv.cz server.

Click also on an audio recording of a press conference after meeting of Mr. Andrus with Prime Minister Sobotka in Prague on 12 October. The costs of non-existence of a digital single market in the European Union reach as high as EUR 415bn per year, according to the European Parliament.

Click also on May 2015 recommendations of the Czech National Convention on the EU related to digital agenda. There should be a public institution dealing exclusively with digital agenda.

Read the Prague Post article European e-commerce to double in next five years. The Czech Republic is the fifth-most important market for e-fulfillment in Europe, industrial real estate firm Prologis say in their research paper. Representing up to 10 percent of the total demand, the Czech Republic represented 9 percent of Europe’s e-commerce direct leasing agreements and is one of the top five European markets alongside the U.K., Germany, France, and Poland.

According to the Digital Vortex report by Cisco's Global Center for Digital Business Transformation in coopereation with IMD released in June 2015, digital disruption will displace 4 out of 10 companies over the next five years. Media, telecommunications, financial services and retail will face the greatest challenge. Businessinfo.cz server adds an overview of Czech FinTech start-ups, including Bankerat, Loanis, Zonky, SendDoc, Expensa, Axiory or BitcoinPay, for example.

According to an article posted on Euractiv.cz,, Czech IT companies wish that one authority would be responsible for digital agenda in the country.

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic