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.
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According to ´4 Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy´ we pursue four strategic directions aimed at increasing GDP per capita by 60% by 2025:
>> 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, email@example.com.
On December 9, the Amcham held a discussion on affordable housing, featuring Prague City Hall Council member and Deputy Mayor for Prague 7 (Praha Sobě) Lenka Burgerová, IPR SDM Section Director Jaromír Hainc, co-Executive Director of The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center and Fair Housing Legal Clinic professor Michael Seng and Head of Housing Policy Department at the Ministry of Regional Development Marie Mohylová, Deputy Minister for Coordination of EU funds and international relations Section Daniela Grabmüllerová, PasserInvest Business Development Director Eduard Forejt, and Senior Associate at Squire Patton Boggs Lenka Nová.
We discussed how the public administration on both national and regional levels plans to deal with a lack of housing in Prague and rapidly growing prices.
During our meeting in Brno on November 12, business, research and public sector organizations shared data and insights into the issues that hamper Brno’s growth.
The Czech Republic has announced its intention to become The Country for the Future. The central part of this new economic strategy is to evolve into an innovative economy. Cities with technical universities fulfill a core role in any innovative economy. If the Czech Republic is to become The Country for the Future, Prague must become A City For the Future.
The AmCham has suggested twelve steps that could be taken in 2020 that would help the Czech Republic become a top ten EU economy by 2025. Adjusted for the progress of the past two years and the government's new innovation strategy, the new Letter on Priorities sets four strategic directions: high-tech manufacturing, innovative cities, government policies that drive innovation, and government as an competitive advantage. For each strategic direction, the letter recommends steps that would align the country's key assets- people, technology, infrastructure, and government- to these strategic goals.
AmCham is worried that the government's proposed tax on global digital services companies will end up being paid by Czech companies wanting to market on the internet, and not contribute to necessary global solution.