Czech Business Today Archive


Volume 5-2009

Volume 5-2009

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The fifth issue of Czech Business Today is here informing you about all the important events related to business. The main topic of this issue is late payments presented on the whole second page. A summary of this serious problem can be found there, as well as views of EU and businesses representatives.

Other topics of the new CBT are consumer rights and IPPC directive, which is being lively discussed within the context of Copenhagen summit. The last page is traditionally dedicated to events planned for the upcoming months.

Three debates related to topics mentioned above were held by or in association with CEBRE from September to December 2009: debates on late payments, consumer rights and IPPC directive. Opinions and recommendations from the participants of these meetings can be found on page two and three, as well as a short article from ČEZ Group representative.

On page four, invitations to events planned for the beginning of 2010 can be found. You shouldn’t miss for example a debate on “SMEs access to finance“ or 3rd Czech Ball held in Brussels.

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Volume 4-2009

Volume 4-2009

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New issue of Czech Business Today quarterly brings you brand new information from the world of business. The main topic of this issue is the Czech Presidency presented on the second page. The summary of goals achieved during the period of six months can be found there as well. Another main topic of this year's fourth CBT is the combat against financial and economic crisis on the European as well as Czech level. The final page traditionally presents the list of some important Czech events that will take place in Brussels.

On page one, there is an interview with recently elected ITRE Committee Vice-Chairman Evžen Tošenovský, who sums up the main issues he will address to in his new position. CEBRE organised a debate on ways to address the financial and economic crisis. The results that came up from this event are summarised in another article on the first page.

The unlucky ending should not influence the overall output of the Czech Presidency. Therefore, on page two, you can find a list of goals that were achieved during the Presidency period, being it the combat against the crisis, external relations or the Lisbon Treaty.

The third page is partly focused on the energetic issues and partly on the combat against crisis. The representative of ČEZ Company draws up a list of topics from Brussels agenda associated with the energy sector that will be discussed this autumn. Another article presents the anti-crisis plan Czech companies drafted in order to efficiently handle the ongoing crisis.

On the last page of this year's fourth CBT you can find invitations to events that are organised by or in association with CEBRE. Firstly, Business Breakfast on Late Payments will take place at the end of September, followed by the meeting of the Economic Chamber with MEP's. Another event on the list is EHSV Seminar for Young Business People and in the middle of November Policy Café on Consumer Rights will take place. Last but not least, the Czech Oscar-awarded movie Kolja will be presented in Brussels on November 13th within the FOCUS 89 festival.

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Volume 3-2009

Volume 3-2009

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New issue of Czech Business Today quarterly, brings you a number of recent information from Czech business environment. CEBRE strongly advocates the opening of labour markets in the EU15 to citizens from new Member States. Therefore, the first CBT page focuses on labour market mobility. In this regard, we have asked Commissionner Špidla to asses his contribution to the opening of Belgian labour market. Second topic of the new CBT issue is the impact assessment and better regulation in the EU.

On the first page we bring you an article about the limits the labour market restrictions create. In March CEBRE organised a debate with Commissionner Špidla and Belgian Minister of Employment Joelle Milquet to break remaining barrieres on the EU labour market.

Any proposal with significant impact on business is provided with impact assessment (IAs) prepared by the European Commission. On the second page you will find an article assessing how efficient are the IAs and what more can be done to improve them.

Third page is traditionnaly dedicated to the energy issue. In May Czech Nuclear Forum was held in Prague. Another important conference titled SMEs access to standardization was held in Prague. You will find conclusions from this conference on third page.

On the last page of CBT you will learn about the events such as CEBRE debate: How do we handle the economic crisis? and several events organized during the SME week - EUROCHAMBRES congress in Prague and BUSINESSEUROPE event in Brussels. All of you are invited to the Czech Street party which is the closing ceremony of the Czech presidency. At Rue Caroly you will taste Czech Beer and traditional food. Czech bands will undoubtly create a great atmosphere!

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Volume 2-2009

Volume 2-2009

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New issue of Czech Business Today quarterly, brings you a number of recent information from the Czech business environment. The first page focuses on SMEs access to finance in the light of economic crisis. Marta Gajecka, vice-president of the EIB explains how the European Investment Bank helps businesses to get financing for their business activities. New tools and measures have been introduced by the EIB recently.

In conjunction with the economic crisis and national action plans, the entrepreneurs are calling for indirect support seen as the most effective measure contributing to a healthy free market and good quality of business environment. On the contrary, direct support is perceived as deforming the market and creating additional barriers. The Czech government intends to deal with the barriers from a presidential position in the Council of the EU. Special intention is given to the barriers on the Internal market. Implementation of the Services Directive and establishment of Single points of contact, mentioned on the page 2, seem to be the right step in this field.

Third page deals with the Czech anti-crisis plan and European Nuclear Forum to be held in Prague in May. About what the results from the forum might be, speculate Zuzana Krejcirikova from Czech Energy Company (CEZ).

On the last page of CBT you will learn about the events such as European Year of Creativity and innovation. Its opening ceremony, held the same day as the opening event of the Czech Presidency. On the occasion of the Czech Presidency also a Czech ball was organized in Brussels. Furthermore you can read about CEBRE debates and conferences dedicated to the European topics such as CEBRE policy café organised with MEPs in the European Parliament on the Small Business Act for Europe.

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Volume 1-2009

Volume 1-2009

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New issue of the Czech Business Today is dedicated to the Czech Presidency which has been launched in Jan. 1 and will last till the end of June. Czech Republic became the second country after Slovenia from the EU-10 (countries that joint the EU in 2004) dealing with such difficult task. As a new member it will be confronted with many challenges such as the financial crisis, conflit in Gaza strip and gaz supplies drop-out. One might point out how curious is that the challenges are entirely copying the three priorities of the presidency defined by the Czech government last October. They are presented under three "Es" as Economy, Energy and External relations. The slogan of the CZ PRES is "Europe without barriers". On the first and second page you will learn from the Czech minister Martin Říman, which barriers will the Czech presidency try hard to remove.

Pages 1 and 3 are dedicated to the Energy and EU ETS. The results of the last European Council were very positive for the Czech energy company and Czech businesses. Full auctioning of emissions allowances will not commence in the Czech Republic until 2020 (regular target is 2013).

Page 4 informs you about the events you should not miss and events recently organized by CEBRE. In January, CEBRE is organizing Business Breakfast on SMEs Access to finance (Jan. 21, Brussels) and conference titled Barriers to the Internal Market (Jan. 28, Brussels).

Special section of the first CBT issue is dedicated to the Czech presidency priorities in specific Council formations and key events you should participate in next six months.

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