Advocacy Task Forces

Advocacy team identifies and responds to issues of concern to the business community that can be resolved by a legislative & regulatory change. Based on members input, we comment and propose new laws, amendments or position papers and advocate them with the representatives of Government, Ministries, Parliament, political parties and policy associations.

Our major past successes:

  • Insolvency Act
  • Commercial Registry reform
  • capping the Social Security Contributions
  • Amendment to Act on Public Procurement (via the Platform for Transparent Public Procurement, which combined the efforts of more than 30 political parties, government offices, or private sector associations to help draft the government approved reforms of the Act on Public Procurement from 2008)

According to ´4 Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy´ we pursue four strategic directions aimed at increasing GDP per capita by 60% by 2025:

  1. The home of value-added manufacturing
  2. Prague-Brno-Ostrava Creative Triangle
  3. Health Care as an export industry
  4. Government as a competitive advantage.

>> View AmCham CZ: Economic Development Priorities 2018-2020 (click here for Czech version)

AmCham also established CzechCompete.cz, a platform for debating and advocating improvements in competitiveness and economic policy in the Czech Republic. It features data, policy proposals, interviews and opinions contributed by policymakers from public sector, associations, businesses and academia. Our Policy Pipeline brings current policy developments from the Czech Republic and EU.

Work with us on establishing a working group on key competitiveness issues, attend the issue roundtables with government decision-makers to ensure that your views are heard directly. Consult the advocacy team about area of your interest, join our committees and discuss currently drafted legislation or learn more at our events and meetings & from our monitoring service. Our committees address labor & social affairs, tax, real estate, civil & commercial law issues, or developments in the fields of energy efficiency and health care, for example. Contact person: Weston Stacey, wstacey@amcham.cz.

 

News

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BEPS and Transfer Pricing roundtable with Vitezslav Kapoun

On November 22, the American Chamber of Commerce held a roundtable with Vitezslav Kapoun from General Financial Directorate on current implementation of BEPS and transfer pricing. The Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan was adopted by the OECD and G20 countries in 2013. 

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Roundtable with Z. Horelica from the State Fund for Infrastructure: a prospect for 2020-2021

On November 14, the American Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable with Zbynek Horelica, a director of State Fund for Infrastructure on the budget 2019 and perspective for 2020 - 2021.

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Letter to Finance Minister A.Schillerová on Digital Services Tax

We write to support the Czech government’s cautious approach to the proposed Digital Services Tax, a Council Directive COM/2018/0147 final - 2018/072 (CNS).

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The next 100 years

Countries are built on the character of their citizens. Each person's talent, energy, and commitment to community contribute to the progress of a nation, and to the sustainability of that advance. An individual with the skills and fortune to make decisions that determine a company's rise also plays perhaps the most vital role in a country's fate, because progress is financed by prosperity.

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The Ministry of Finance presents tax update to AmCham members

On October 4, the AmCham hosted a tax policy roundtable with Stanislav Kouba, a director of Income Tax Department from the Ministry of Finance. Mr Kouba presented tax update on the digital economy, research and development tax allowance and new tax tool – tax data information box (daňová informační schránka). What is a stance of the Czech Republic, particularly the Ministry of Finance, toward taxation of the digital economy? Does the Czech Republic take into account (rather restrained) attitudes of other EU member states? How could the system of tax data information box be enhanced? Is it possible to facilitate procedure of the research project submission in advance to apply for the tax allowance support?

 

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