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Volvo Trucks introduced Active Grip Control for electric trucks

(ČIA) Volvo Trucks has launched a new, patented safety feature for Active Grip Control electric trucks. The new technology significantly improves stability, starting and braking on slippery surfaces. It will be available on Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX Electric heavy trucks. A version of this feature will also be available for diesel or LNG trucks.

 

Válek: Measures may ease off as of March 1

(ČIA) The anti-pandemic measures in the Czech Republic could be eased off as of March 1 or April 1, 2022. This information was provided by Minister of Health Vlastimil Válek (TOP 09), who added that if the data corresponded to the forecast at the end of the second week in February, he would propose an easing-off system to the government. He also said that the omicron-variant wave should peak at the end of this week and next week.

 

SP ČR: Tests reveal COVID-19 in 1% of workers

(ČIA) Companies have detected COVID-19 infection in approximately 1% of workers in the first week of blanked testing. This is confirmed by a survey conducted by the Confederation of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic (SP ČR) from January 21 to January 24, 2022. SP ČR board member Miroslav Palát pointed out that the government has not issued guidelines in case a larger number of workers end up in quarantine or isolation, putting operations at risk. It is also important for the union to know how to deal with operations where irreversible damage would occur due to lack of workers.

 

Penta: Office tenants pay more attention to ecology

(ČIA) According to Penta Real Estate, demand for residential housing and real estate as an investment grew enormously in 2021. The market has put pressure on quick investments before prices rise even higher. Penta's sales manager Jan Kalaš said that interest in smaller flats still prevails, reaching about half to 60% of sales. With the move to work from home, people are also more concerned with how to build an office at home. In the case of commercial real estate, in addition to ecology, the element of coworking was also reflected in the requirements of tenants. Commercial project lease manager Miloš Kocián added that covid had accelerated the use of modern technologies and smart solutions.

 

Government approves amendment to Cyber Act

(ČIA) On January 19, 2022, the Czech government approved a law regulating cyber security. The amendment anchors the European Office ENISA, which is similar to the Czech National Office for Cyber Security (NUKIB). Minister for Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister for Digitization Ivan Bartoš (Pirates) stated that the main change is the system of certifications in the field of cyber security, the purpose of which is to increase confidence in products, services, and processes. I. Bartoš added that the certification is voluntary.

 

CzechTrade plans missions to Kazakhstan

(ČIA) CzechTrade is planning sectoral business missions to Kazakhstan at the end of April and in May 2022. They will specialise in the energy sector or mining and subsequent processing of minerals, for example in metallurgy. The agency made the announcement after a seminar on current events in the country and export opportunities. It predicts, among other things, that 2022 will bring opportunities for companies from Central and Eastern European countries in the territory. According to the agency, the country has announced a number of reforms and investments in various segments of the national economy, where it sees great potential for Czech companies.

 

MZ will start registration for booster vaccination for children

(ČIA) The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic (MZ) has decided to launch a registration for vaccination with a booster dose against COVID-19 for children over 12 years of age. Vaccination will be given with Comirnaty vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech. Registration will begin on January 24, 2022. The booster dose will be available five months after the date of completion of the original vaccination.

 

Profesia: Almost two thirds of employees want partial HO

(ČIA) The combination of working from home and workplace is suitable for almost two thirds of employees. One tenth of them would welcome a full transition to a home office model. Profesia's HR Pulse survey also shows that companies list the opportunity to work from home in about one third of positions. Employees are more interested in health-promoting benefits and a healthy lifestyle. Most expect investment in a healthy work environment to be a priority even after the pandemic. Thirty per cent of respondents would appreciate greater freedom in the organization of work by their superiors, and 31.5% of respondents would appreciate relationships in the workplace built more on trust.

 

Farský to resign as MP

(ČIA) STAN first deputy chairman Jan Farský will resign as a Member of Parliament. He reacted to the decision of the party’s leadership that had asked him to resign in connection with his internship in the United States. He said that he did not want to complicate the work of the government and STAN. STAN deputy chairman Petr Gazdík added that this party had underestimated the situation regarding Farský’s absence. He apologised for it to the voters and to Farský whom they had not opposed internally sufficiently.

 

V. Válek: COVID-19 vaccination will not be mandatory

(ČIA) Vaccination against COVID-19 will not be mandatory. Health Minister Vlastimil Válek (TOP-09) said that the regulation introducing this obligation is being amended. He added that although vaccination is the most effective weapon against the serious course of the disease, no one should be forced to receive it.

 

Government supports amendment to pandemic law

(ČIA) On January 19, 2022, the government discussed and approved a draft amendment to the law on the covid-19 epidemic (the so-called pandemic law) and the law on further adjustments to the provision of nursing care in connection with emergency measures during the covid-19 epidemic. The validity of the current pandemic law, on the basis of which the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic and the Chief Hygienist announce anti-epidemic measures, ends on February 28. The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic therefore proposed its extension indefinitely. At the same time, several modifications are prepared in it.

 

Jiří Rynt is the executive director of ERICSSON

(ČIA) Jiří Rynt holds the position of the executive director of ERICSSON, according to the Commercial Register. The position was registered with the Commercial Register as of January 1, 2022.

 

Fiala: Green Deal must factor in nuclear power, gas

(ČIA) Representatives of the government, trade unions and employers have agreed that the Green Deal and taxonomy has to factor in nuclear power and gas so that the Czech Republic remains competitive and can meet EU’s climate goals. After a meeting of the Council of Economic and Social Agreement, this statement was made by Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS). He added that the next meeting of the tripartite would probably take place on February 2, 2022 to discuss the budget. Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions chairman Josef Středula said that the government advisory body for the European Green Deal would be expanded with social partners. He added that within its framework, he also wanted to look at banks' strategy that wanted to finance only companies intending to invest in sufficiently green projects.

 

Tripartite discusses Covid-19 and Green Deal


(ČIA) Representatives of the government, trade unions and employers met at the first meeting of the Council of Economic and Social Agreement of the Czech Republic in 2022 and the first meeting under the leadership of Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) on January 18, 2022. The main point on the agenda was the current development of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Czech Republic and measures the government has adopted or plans to adopt to manage the situation. The second important point on the agenda dealt with the current challenges related to the European Green Deal and the issue of taxonomy. Finally, the tripartite members discussed the current state of the Czech Republic’s preparations for the Green Deal and agreed on the position of the Czech government for further negotiations with the EU: the social partners declared the need to change the conditions for the taxonomy of nuclear power and gas to factor in real possibilities of all member states, not to threaten the meeting of the goals of the Green Deal by the Czech Republic, and to not lead to negative impacts on energy safety, companies’ competitiveness and the social area.

 

MPO: Mandatory testing of all employees has commenced

(ČIA) Mandatory testing of employees begins on January 17, 2022. The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (MPO) informed that it applies to all civil servants, employees in companies, sole traders and company executives without exception, including those who are vaccinated. Those who have received the third dose must also be tested. Minister Jozef Síkela (for STAN) sent an explanation of testing rules in the form of questions and answers to entrepreneurs via data boxes.

 

Government to discuss law on conflict of interests

(ČIA) Prime Minister Petr Fiala's (ODS) government will discuss an amendment to the Conflict of Interest Act at its session on January 19. 2021. Another item on the agenda will be the norm on the operation of radio and television broadcasting. The government will also discuss the provision of state material reserves to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 disease pandemic after the end of the state of emergency.

 

Michal Levínský and Jan Hasman are the executive directors of Mercuri International

(ČIA) Michal Levínský holds the position of the executive director of Mercuri International, according to the Commercial Register. The position was registered with the Commercial Register as of January 1, 2022.

and Jan Hasman holds the position of the executive director of Mercuri International, according to the Commercial Register. The position was registered with the Commercial Register as of January 1, 2022.

 

Ombudsman involved in vaccination norm proceeding

(ČIA) The Ombudsman has decided to enter, as an enjoined party, the proceeding about cancelling a part of the so-called vaccination regulation at the Constitutional Court. According to it, vaccination against Covid-19 will be mandatory as of March 2022 for selected professional groups and people over 60 years of age. Over the past week, 5,000 complainants who disagree with compulsory vaccination have contacted the ombudsman. The majority of them belong to one of the affected groups. If they are not vaccinated, some of them risk losing their job. Among other things, the complainants argue with concerns about possible health complications after vaccine application.

 

Rakušan: Occupational quarantine for transport and energy

(ČIA) Occupational quarantine could cover, inter alia, the health, transport, energy, water and funeral professions. This was stated by the Chairman of the Central Crisis Staff and Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN), stating that the final wording of the measure will be announced after the government meeting. Testing in the state administration should start on January 17, 2022. If the employee has a positive antigen test and is without COVID-19 symptoms, the employer will have the right to say that they need this person in the workplace. If an infection is confirmed by a PCR test, they must stay at home.

 

MPO: Nuclear energy, RES and digitalisation are priority

(ČIA) The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO) will prepare before the end of 2023 an update of the State Energy Concept of the Czech Republic with regard to the EU climate and energy targets. A new energy law should be ready by the end of 2022. According to Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Sikela (for STAN), the priority is to support the development of nuclear energy and renewable energy sources (RES). The transition to a sustainable and digital economy is essential. The government's programme declaration also envisages the rehabilitation of photovoltaics. At least 100,000 photovoltaic roofs should be installed in the Czech Republic by 2025. The ministry also plans to simplify business and subsidy programmes. It will develop a new export promotion strategy by the end of 2022.

 

MZ: Stricter rules for foreigners’ entry due to omicron

(ČIA) Based on data available from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the Ministry of Health (MZ) has updated the list of countries according to the level of risk of infection, effective from January 10, 2022. Finland, Latvia and the Azores will now be in the dark red category. Poland and Germany will be in the red category. Romania will be orange. Stricter rules apply to foreigners' entry into the Czech Republic due to the omicron variant.

 

Dlouhý: EU green policy must consider CR's specifics

(ČIA) The immediate task for the Czech Republic is to move towards a different way of regulating the energy market. This was stated by the president of the Czech Chamber of Commerce (HK ČR), Vladimír Dlouhý. According to him, the basic problem of further economic development lies at the intersection of policies in the field of energy, industry and the environment. Bad economic policy can stop further convergence of the Czech economic level with developed Western Europe, while good policy can speed it up. He added that the Chamber does not question the need to respond to climate change, but the green policy must take into account the specific conditions of individual member states.

 

Govt orders testing of all employees, shorter quarantine

(ČIA) At its session on January 5, 2022, the Czech government approved shortening the quarantine and isolation in connection with the omicron variant of COVID-19 to five days, effective January 11, and testing all employees with antigen self-tests twice a week from January 17, 2022. Health Minister Vlastimil Válek (TOP 09) announced that the quarantine and isolation will also apply to vaccinated people and people who have already had COVID-19.

 

SPD: Ombudsman will consider complaint about vaccination

(ČIA) On January 4, 2022, the political party Svoboda a přímá demokracie (SPD) published on its website a model letter to the ombudsman for filing a constitutional complaint against the mandatory covid vaccination. Party chairman Tomio Okamura justified this by saying that the ombudsman, Stanislav Křeček, had told him that if his office received a larger number of complaints from citizens, he would consider filing such a complaint. Okamura added that the SPD does not agree with the government decree for compulsory vaccinations for selected professional groups and citizens 60+. According to his statement, the Ombudsman's Office is among the institutions and bodies that can file a complaint to the Constitutional Court in this matter according to the law.

 

Raiffeisenbank: Inflation will accelerate

(ČIA) The year 2022 will bring a return to pre-coronavirus levels not only of consumption but also of industrial and export performance. Raiffeisenbank chief economist Helena Horská further predicts that growth will accelerate in 2H 2022 and exceed the dynamics of 2021. Inflation will peak at the beginning of the year at up to 8 % and will start to slow down in the spring. Therefore, she expects a tightening of monetary policy. The base interest rate can reach up to 4.5 %. Unemployment will fall and wage growth will remain high. The widening of the interest rate differential and the gradual recovery of exports will benefit the exchange rate of the Czech koruna. Thanks to the ČNB’s increase in interest rates, it strengthened to CZK 24.85/euro at the end of 2021 (by 5 % y/y). The Polish zloty and the Hungarian forint lagged behind the gains of the Czech koruna.

 

Blažek negotiated pandemic amendment

(ČIA) The Minister of Justice Pavel Blažek (ODS) discussed current judicial issues with the Deputy President of the Court at the Supreme Administrative Court. Above all, they focused on the amendment of the so-called pandemic law. During the visit to the Supreme Court, he discussed current issues of justice with President Petr Angyalossy and Vice-President Petr Šuk. They addressed, for example, better evaluation of ordinary court employees, preparation of new procedural standards in civil and criminal justice. The Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic (MSp) informed about it.

 

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