Volume IX, 7-2010
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Single Market cannot develop further without mutual efforts of both, PA and businesses

Single Market cannot develop further without mutual efforts of both, PA and businesses

From left Martin Tlapa, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry CR, Jana Reinišová, Czech Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU, Milena Vicenová, Czech Permanent Representative, François Arbault, Member of Commissioner Barnier´s Cabinet

During a debate organized by CEBRE, Czech Permanent Representation and Ministry of Industry and Trade (CZ) over 80 representatives of European institutions, Member States, European businesses and businesses associations agreed that the Single Market can be strengthened only through proper implementation of the Services Directive and via continuous efforts to implement the Single Market Act measures.

“Being pragmatic, it is not up to us, the public administration, to evaluate the implementation of the Services Directive, but to the business sector,” said the host, H.E. Milena Vicenová, Czech Permanent Representative. The Czech Republic serves as a good example in the Services Directive implementation. Francois Arbault, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Barnier emphasised the Commission‘s firm determination to bring the Single Market closer to citizens and SMEs and monitor its functioning from a „user-perspective“.

Martin Tlapa, Czech Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, stated, “the tools to boost the services sector, including the PSC, must provide added value and be client oriented.” Jérôme Chauvin, Director for the Internal Market department of BUSINESSEUROPE recalled that the data gathered from the national business federations show that we are on the right track, but there is still much room for improvement, in particular with regard to the functioning and the user-friendliness of the PSCs. Ben Butters, Director of European Affairs Department of EUROCHAMBRES » read more «

Will 2011 be a good year for international trade and for Doha?

From left Adrian Vand Den Hoven of BUSINESSEUROPE, Matthew Baldwin of European Commission, Anna Teličková of Ministry of Industry and Trade (CZ), Hosuk Lee-Makiyama of ECIPEof

EU trade is the engine of global growth. It contributes to the creation of sustainable jobs and has a real impact on everyday lives of people and businesses. The European Union is the biggest global element of international trade and investment.

However, the EU is challenged 2010 the European Commission presented its renewed Trade Strategy. It focused on removing persistent barriers mainly via achieving the ongoing multilateral and bilateral trade deals and searching for new ways to work with the main EU trade partners. Over 40 representatives of European institutions, Member States and the business sector, gathered to discuss Commission´s paper two days after its release and agreed that the strategy reflects their main concerns, however it lacks concrete measures to achieve these ambitious goals.

Trade is a key pillar of the EU growth, especially in the time of economic recovery. The value of EU trade has grown by 75% over the last ten years, however in five years time, 90% of the world » read more «

Czech exports to Belgium

By H.E. Muller, Czech Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium

The Belgian market should not be underestimated. During the first 8 months of 2010 the Czech Republic exported CZK 40.7 billion of goods to Belgium, a higher figure than to the far bigger Russian federation.

As a consequence ECIPEof the financial and economic crisis, imports dropped by more than 20% in 2009. 2010 brings the first signs of recovery in Belgium and its GDP grew slightly. Czech exports to Belgium reflect this positive balance » read more «

ENERGIZING EUROPE: EU is under the risk of lacking nuclear experts

Cez Group Initiated and held under the auspices of MEP Pavel Poc, a joint exposition and seminar by CEZ Group and the Czech Technical University in Prague was held in the European Parliament in late October, focusing on human resources in the nuclear sector.

The EU is at risk of lacking sufficient numbers of skilled nuclear experts for the operation of both existing and future power plants, but also for R&D in the sector. This major concern is more generally part of an overall declining interest for studies of technical fields.

MEPs urged in this connection the European Commission to take » read more «