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.

 

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AmCham Czech Workforce Report 2019 - General Trends

AmCham members received the 2019 Czech Workforce Report to help them with their business planning. The report contains info on population trends, internal migration, employment, wages, and education.

 

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The Future of Prague series with Pirate party representatives

AmCham hosted another roundtable with Prague City Hall representatives on transportation and affordable housing in Prague. Today we met with the ´mayor´s men´, representatives of Pirate party Viktor Mahrik and Vít Šimral

 

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MP Jiři Běhounek met AmCham Health Care Council to discuss possible improvements of health care system quality

AmCham Health Care council met with another member of parliamentary health care committee (ČSSD) Jiří Běhounek this week to continue discussion on the state of Czech health care system and improvement of the quality of disease registries through quality system of digitalization, and an emphasis on the quality criteria in procurement.

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AmCham Health Care Council met with MP Jiří Ventruba to discuss the state of Czech health care and our common priorities

AmCham Health Care Council met with MP Jiří Ventruba, a member of parliamentary health care committee (for ODS) to discuss the state of Czech health care and our common priorities, such as improving quality of disease registries through quality system of digitalization, and introducing the quality criteria in procurement. 

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AmCham CZ Position Paper: Czech Innovation Policy: “The Country for the Future”

AmCham believes the new research strategy “Czech Republic: The Country for the Future” rightly focuses the government’s economic development programs on creating a strong public research infrastructure that generates patented ideas for existing companies, as well as spin-offs. From a managerial perspective, the strategy sets general and specific objectives, identifies tasks, establishes cooperation across functions of the government, and assigns accountability for accomplishing the goals. We therefore view the document as a substantial step toward the Czech Republic becoming a top ten EU economy by 2025, and would like to offer our support in turning the strategy into reality. What follows are some comments and four concrete steps AmCham proposes as our contribution to the strategy.

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