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.

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: Veronika Szentiványiová, veronika@amcham.cz, +420-602-790-012.

 

News

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Czech Workforce Report 5: Employment & median wage by occupation in the Ústecký region for the period 2011-2015

According to AmCham Czech Workforce Report 5, the number of technicians in the Ústecký region exceeds the number of plant, machine operators / assemblers. Managers number fell in both sectors. Median wage growth in the private sector ranged from 7% to 11%, except for managers (-0.3%).

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Experts discussed practical issues related to GDPR on January 27

The Czech Industry Coalition on Data Protection (CICDP) in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic hosted President of the Czech Office for the Protection of Personal Data Ivana Janů (ÚOOÚ) and experts from CICDP, SPIR and Association for the protection of personal data to discuss practical issues concerning The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679.

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U.S. Chamber President: Economic Growth Must Be Nation's Top Priority

Business Community Optimistic, Realistic, and Ready for Meaningful Reform to Reignite Spirit of American Enterprise.

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Join us for a business breakfast with Tomáš Prouza on January 17

Tomáš Prouza, Czech State Secretary for European Affairs and Digital Agenda says: ´If we look at the impacts of the Industry 4.0 on the society, it is clear that the role of the government in setting and adjusting the conditions for the economic transformation will be significant. Nevertheless, the role of businesses in the transformation will be absolutely crucial – in the introduction of technological innovations and new processes in business management. The key responsibility of businesses will be to care of their own employees.´

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US Presidential Election: What awaits the new president?

Donald Trump won the 2016 US presidential election. It was a narrow victory. He received 304 electoral votes, which ranks 46th out of the 58 elections for the US presidency. That is more than George W. Bush received in either 2000 or 2004, but less than any other President since Jimmy Carter won with 297 electors in 1976. President Obama, for example, won 365 electoral college votes in 2008, and Ronald Reagan won 525 of the 538 electors in 1984.

Read Amcham´s analysis.

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