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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Summary of all applicable measures in the Czech Republic during the state of emergency

The list of measures has been updated continuously. Last update April 8, 2020.

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Program Antivirus: Handbook for Employers

The Program “Antivirus” (Regimes A and B) is aiming at protecting jobs and decreasing negative impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, providing financial compensation of employment costs to avoid layoffs.

 

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Comments on government employment support and table comparing government net revenue between support programs and unemployment payment

The current plan to support employment will not prevent companies with significant loss of revenue from reducing employment. This is especially critical in Regime B, which applies to many companies with no or very little revenue due to needed government actions to contain the virus.

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Comment of the British Chamber of Commerce in the CR, French-Czech Chamber of Commerce in the CR, Nordic Chamber of Commerce in the CR and American Chamber of Commerce in the CR on „Program Antivirus"

The spread of the coronavirus has caused an economic crisis as both companies and individuals have decreased demand on a wide range of a product and service. This crisis has been exacerbated by government measures aimed at restricting the rapid growth of infection and loss of life.

 

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