Rohlík Bistro moves to’s permanent offer

(ČIA) Rohlík Bistro, offering meals directly from Prague restaurants, is moving to the permanent offer of the online supermarket thanks to customer interest. From June 15. 2020, a selection of shock-chilled dishes from chefs is directly on offer in's own product line BEZ KOMPROMISU (WITHOUT COMPROMISE). Clients can choose from 40 dishes from the restaurants Alcron, Babiččina zahrada, Eska, Kantýna, Sia, Spojka Karlín, Pasta Fresca and V Zátiší. Rohlík Bistro originated from the idea of saving Czech gastronomy during a pandemic. In July 2020, the Rohlík Bistro offer will be expanded to Brno as well.


PSK: ENTER-transfer project to support succession in SMEs

(ČIA) The innovative online platform of the ENTER-transfer project will support the succession in small and medium-sized companies. The project, which lasted three years, was funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE European Territorial Cooperation Program with EUR 1.7m. Eight institutions from five countries took part in it: Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Poland. The information was provided by Prešov Administrative Region.


Havlíček: CR’s indebtedness to grow to 35-40% of GDP

(ČIA) With the budget deficit increase to CZK 500bn, the Czech Republic’s indebtedness will grow from 30% to about 35-40% of GDP, Minister of Industry and Trade and Transport Karel Havlíček (ANO) said after a meeting with President Miloš Zeman and his expert team on June 13, 2020. The way the money will be invested needs to be resolved, he said. It will be necessary to talk about the budget revenues, as well. Miloš Zeman said the Czech Republic could afford the deficit increase.


HK CR: Shortfalls of tax revenues may exceed the revenue from digital tax

(ČIA) The Czech Chamber of Commerce (HK CR) warned that if the introduction of a national digital tax against large foreign companies would lead the US administration to escalate international tensions, called trade wars, tax revenue shortfalls in the Czech state budget could exceed the expected digital tax revenue several times over. President Vladimír Dlouhý added that the deputies and the government should also consider the option of not waiting for the introduction of a new tax until there is an agreement on its parameters at the EU level.


AMSP: 90 % of family-owned cos. adopted measures due to crisis

(ČIA) In connection with the coronavirus crisis, a full 90 % of family-owned companies introduced some measures to reduce costs or increase earnings. This is based on a survey conducted by agency IPSOS for the Czech Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Trade License Holders (AMSP). Employees were laid off at 15 % of companies. One third of companies were able to negotiate a deferral of loan payments with their bank and one third also took advantage of one of the state programs (most often ANTIVIRUS, COVID I and COVID II). To overcome the crisis 66 % of family-owned companies had to use their savings or family assets.


Government approves extension of tax breaks

(ČIA) The government approved at its session on June 8, 2020, the Liberation Package III. The Ministry of Finance (MF) informed that the proposal regulates several tax reliefs adopted under the Liberation Package I and II and in particular postpones the deadline for filing income tax returns until August 18, 2020. The package further extends the VAT waiver to gratuitous supplies of protective equipment until July 31, 2020. The duty to file tax return and reimburse the real estate acquisition tax was postponed until December 31, 2020. There will also be an automatic waiver of interest on all taxes for the period from the onset of the emergency to December 31, 2020 in cases where the tax administrator will allow coronavirus-related delays.


Prague: COVID Prague programme in accordance with law

(ČIA) The Czech Ministry of the Interior and the Czech Ministry for Regional Development have confirmed that the City of Prague has not breached the act on Prague which restricts the city’s possibility to guarantee other entities’ liabilities by establishing the COVID Prague guarantee fund in collaboration with the Czech-Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank (ČMZRB). The city deposited CZK 600m to the COVID Prague programme from the Operational Programme Prague – Growth Pole of the Czech Republic. All applications from the programme should be reviewed by the end of June. This information was provided by the City of Prague.


Roger: Firms pay later, fintech platforms could help

(ČIA) In connection with the coronavirus crisis, 90% of companies are having financial and operational problems. From an analysis by Platební Instituce Roger, it appears that companies in strongly affected sectors are paying on average 20 days late than a year ago. According to the study, the state did not offer them a suitable solution to the problems caused. The COVID I, II and III do not deal with the problem of cash-flow outage. Roger added that P2P and crowdfunding platforms could react quickly on the change of the market and would probably play a significant role in restarting the economy.


Analysts: Construction sector to miss foreign workers

(ČIA) The construction sector is coping with the coronavirus much better than the industry or foreign trade and will be dampening the impact of deep recession in 2020. In reaction to data published by the Czech Statistical Office, this statement was made by CZECH FUND chief economist Lukáš Kovanda who added that entrepreneurs in the construction sector and developers would be helped by the coronavirus in terms of more easily finding suitable Czech labour, often laid off from production. BH Securities chief economist Štěpán Křeček said that the April decrease in the number of completed flats by 32.5% could create future problems on the real-estate market with a noticeable lack on the offer side before the pandemic started. Komerční banka economist Martin Gürtler believes that the lack of foreign workers on which the construction sector depends will probably be a restricting factor of its further development.


ManpowerGroup: 14% of companies expect lay-offs

(ČIA) A total of 10% of employers expect an increase in the number of labour in the third quarter of 2020, whereas 14% assume its decrease. A survey by ManpowerGroup further showed that the net labour market index for the Czech Republic was at -4%. Seasonally adjusted, the labour market index was at -8%, the lowest value in the history of the survey in the Czech Republic since 2008. The segments of accommodation and catering with an index of -19% (10% recruiting and 29% laying off) are reporting the weakest recruitment plans. Weak recruitment activities will also be in the segments of finance, insurance, real estate and other services for companies (-8%). Processing industries are reporting -6% and the construction sector 0%.


FS pays almost CZK 18bn in compensation bonuses

(ČIA) As of June 3, 2020, the Financial Administration of the Czech Republic (FS) paid or ordered to pay out a total of almost CZK 18bn for both bonus periods for compensation for self-employed persons affected by the coronavirus crisis. The number of received applications in the first period reached 518,417, in the second 291,465. The number of processed applications from the first period is 517,510 and from the second 286,956. The average payment per application in the first period is CZK 22,522, in the second CZK 18,576.


Unemployment grows to 3.56% in May

(ČIA) The unemployment rate grew to 3.56% in May 2020. According to the Czech Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová (ČSSD), the month-on-month growth recorded in May was lower than the one in April, when the Czech Republic registered 254,000 unemployed. According to Ms. Maláčová, the program Antivirus worked, however, the government has to discuss the solution of a situation if structural unemployment grew to 10% and eventual second wave of the epidemic came.


EC approved CR's aid for farmers

(ČIA) The Czech Republic will be able to help repay loans from farmers affected by the coronavirus crisis from the state treasury, Mladá fronta DNES writes. The European Commission (EC) has approved a program through which the government will be able to provide up to CZK 1bn to small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises. The aid is foreseen at up to CZK 150,000 per farm.


APRSF agrees with government approval of the law on registration of owners

(ČIA) The Executive Committee of the Association for the Support and Development of Trust Funds (APRSF) welcomed the approval of the Act on the Registration of Beneficial Owners, which took place on June 1, 2020 at a meeting of the Czech government. The association stated that disclosure of details of all trust funds would have a disproportionate impact on the privacy of many ordinary Czech families, whose legitimate right to privacy is enshrined in Czech and EU legislation.


A. Babiš: Free movement between CR and SR to be renewed on June 4

(ČIA) Free movement between the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic will be fully renewed on June 4, 2020. This was stated by PM Andrej Babiš (ANO) after his meeting with his Slovak counterpart Igor Matovič.


ÚOHS: EC approved CZK 5bn for rent compensation

(ČIA) With its decision the European Commission (EC) approved Czech public support program COVID – rent. This was reported by the Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS), according to which funds totaling CZK 5bn can be provided as compensation for entrepreneurs who pay rent for their establishments and could not conduct their activities or had to scale back operations due to government measures tied to the coronavirus crisis. The support will be provided in the form of direct subsidies, up to a value of 50 % of the original rent costs for April, May and June 2020.


CNOPK: Assistance from government programs is slow

(ČIA) Companies are dissatisfied with the implementation of support programs. This follows from a survey by the Czech-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ČNOPK), whose members rated the government as a poorer grade of C for the implementation of the programs. According to the respondents, the support does not come fast enough and often not at all. They are now demanding more certainty from the government for their planning, a clear business cycle program and also better coordination with neighboring countries. ČNOPK further stated that a quarter of companies report high losses during the coronavirus crisis and about a tenth are at risk of continuing to exist. Most companies expect a return to normal in 2021.


MONETA Money Bank offers CZK 10.8bn for COVID III

(ČIA) Within the framework of the COVID III government guarantee programme, MONETA Money Bank has allotted CZK 10.8bn of guarantees. Interested entities from the ranks of sole traders and companies with up to 500 employees can apply for a loan for operating needs up to the amount of CZK 50m. The bank will start offering the loans in the week starting on June 8, 2020. Government guarantees are provided for three years.


COVID III: ČS offers up to CZK 36.4bn; MMB has CZK 10.8bn

(ČIA) As part of the COVID III programme, Česká spořitelna (ČS) will provide up to CZK 36.4bn to companies affected by the coronavirus crisis. Within the programme, MONETA Money Bank (MMB) has prepared CZK 10.8bn of guarantees. For a company to get a loan, it has to meet the programme’s entrance terms. Government guarantees are provided for three years.


Analysts: Firms lay off staff, despite govt programs

(ČIA) Companies continue to experience low demand, especially in the automotive sector, and are forced to lay off further, despite government programs to maintain employment. In response to IHS Markit data, Jakub Seidler, ING Bank's chief economist for the Czech Republic, said so. Komerční banka economist Michal Brožka said that the PMI index had risen, but from extremely low values. It still remains well below the 50-point level that separates economic decline from growth. Raiffeisenbank analyst Luboš Růžička assumes that the economy could start to pick up in Q3 2020. However, the predicted growth will not be able to compensate for the deep decline from H1 2020.


Euler Hermes: Automotive production in Europe to drop 30%

(ČIA) In the absence of measures to encourage interest in new cars, the European car market can be expected to decline by 30% in 2020. Euler Hermes estimates that this decline would be the worst performance of the sector since statistics in 1999. The priority needed to boost demand is to open showrooms and stores across Europe and end mobility restrictions. The resumption of production in this respect will help to awaken the market by introducing new models. However, it will be a gradual renewal that will not fully revive demand.


MPSV: MPs approve waiving contributions for smaller firms

(ČIA) The Chamber of Deputies has approved an amendment to the act on social insurance. The proposal of the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MPSV) expands the current Antivirus programme with a new regime C thanks to which social insurance payments will be waived for companies with up to 50 employees. This is another targeted support to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus crisis in order to preserve the maximum possible number of jobs. Antivirus C should help approximately 88% of employers and 1.4m of their employees.


MMR to support marketing of pandemic-affected tourism

(ČIA) The Czech Ministry for Regional Development (MMR) has announced a call within the National Programme for Regional Tourism Support. It offers support via three subsidies to implement projects in the area of marketing activities of tourist destinations. In total, up to CZK 60m is prepared in the sub-programme. Applications can be submitted until June 30, 2020. The MMR added that in connection with the COVID-19 impacts, destination marketing had a key role to restart the sector.


SP ČR is concerned EC Recovery Plan will increase taxation

(CIANEWS) - The Confederation of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic (SP ČR) expressed concerns in connection with the European Commission's Recovery Plan that it could lead to an increase in corporate taxes or other burdens for companies. The EUR 750bn plan aims facilitate economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis. The countries and sectors most affected by the pandemic are to receive support from the fund. Among other things, the SP ČR considers a digital tax with an expected revenue of up to EUR 1.3bn controversial. Radek Špicar, vice-president of the SP ČR, stated that the association does not agree with the transfer of most of the revenue from the sale of emission allowances to the EU budget, and that the inclusion of a new countervailing duty would impose a carbon surcharge on imports of certain goods from non-EU countries.


PSP: Small cos. can apply for compensation of up to CZK 44,500

(ČIA) The Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic (PSP) has approved the amendment to the act on the compensation bonus in connection with crisis measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been returned by the Senate for renewed deliberation. Finance Minister Alena Schillerová (for ANO) stated that small limited liability companies can apply for compensation totaling up to CZK 44,500. In her words the application should be available on the website of the Financial Administration of the Czech Republic. She added that the compensation will be paid out immediately following the signing of the act by President Miloš Zeman.


PSP approved compensation for small businesses and online tax office

(ČIA) On May 27, 2020, the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic (PSP) approved an amendment to the Compensation Bonus Act in connection with crisis measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was returned by the Senate for reconsideration. Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová (for ANO) stated that small limited liability companies can claim compensation of up to CZK 44,500. MPs also supported the amendment to the Tax Code, the key part of which is the legislative anchoring of the online tax office MY taxes.


PSP approved compensation for small businesses and online tax office

(ČIA) On May 27, 2020, the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic (PSP) approved an amendment to the Compensation Bonus Act in connection with crisis measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was returned by the Senate for reconsideration. Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová (for ANO) stated that small limited liability companies can claim compensation of up to CZK 44,500. MPs also supported the amendment to the Tax Code, the key part of which is the legislative anchoring of the online tax office MY taxes.


RÚZ: Kurzarbeit should not increase levies and taxes

(ČIA) The Republican Union of Employers (RÚZ) welcomes the so-called kurzarbeit. However, state assistance should be limited in time to a period of crisis and the permanent introduction of the mechanism must not result in an increase in the levy or tax burden. On the contrary, the Union's long-term goal is to reduce taxes and levies.


AK ČR: Municipalities should not pay for compensations

(ČIA) The Council of the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic (AK ČR) has supported a call on the government and the Parliament of the Czech Republic asking them for the compensation bonus for OSVČ (self-employers) not being paid with impacts in budgets of regions and municipalities. According to the joint call of the Union of Municipalities of the Czech Republic, the Association of Municipalities of the Czech Republic, the Association of the Renovation of Rural Areas of the Czech Republic and the National Chain of Local Action Groups, it is not possible for the state to transfer the responsibility to regions and municipalities without any prior communication. According to AK ČR, the decision made by the government will result in the limitation or cancellation of investments and impact the development of regions.


Dlouhý: COVID III to help close liquidity gap in economy

(ČIA) According to the President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce (HK ČR), Vladimír Dlouhý, funds from the COVID III program will likely reach the economy in the first half of June. V. Dlouhý announced this on May 26, 2020 as part of the HK ČR's online webinar on COVID III. He added that the expected lack of liquidity in the economy could be up to CZK 600bn at the end of September 2020 and up to CZK 900bn by the end of the year. The guarantee volume of the program of CZK 150bn could ensure a liquidity impact of CZK 450bn and more. The HK ČR projection assumes that the liquidity gap in the economy could narrow at the turn of September and October and close by the end of the year. Practically all banks dedicated to corporate financing showed interest in joining COVID III, a total of about 20 banks.


HK CR: Antivirus should be available even after crisis

(ČIA) The Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (SP CR), the Czech Chamber of Commerce (HK ČR) and the Confederation of Employers 'and Entrepreneurs' Unions (KZPS) are convinced that the Antivirus program should be available to companies throughout the current situation and potential subsequent economic recession. The tool should be available in the future to solve economic problems and should be for all companies, regardless of size. The results of the SP ČR survey show that companies are increasingly losing orders and struggling with poor payment morale of their customers.


Benešová: Govt not planning mechanism to indemnify firms

(ČIA) The cabinet of PM Andrej Babiš (ANO) is not counting on setting up a mechanism for the indemnification of companies due to the coronavirus-related government restrictions, Minister of Justice Marie Benešová (for ANO) said on TV Prima’s debate, Partie, on May 24, 2020. If entrepreneurs suffer any damage, they should turn to courts and prove it, she added. The government has helped entrepreneurs with many extraordinary measures such as programmes compensating parts of employee wages or deferment of statutory levies. So, they have no reason to complain, she said.


Tripartite to discuss expansion of COVID-19 measures

(ČIA) The Council of the Economic and Social Agreement of the Czech Republic will discuss on May 25, 2020 the measures currently being taken in connection with the effects of the coronavirus crisis and the possibilities of their extension in accordance with the requirements of the social partners. The document deals with a set of requirements prepared by the Confederation of Employers' and Business Associations of the Czech Republic. The program also includes the valorisation of a special allowance and a surcharge for work in a difficult working environment.


Pirates: Govt ignores Czech medical material producers

(ČIA) The Pirate Party polled 212 Czech sellers and manufacturers of face masks and other protective equipment with a question about their cooperation with representatives of ministries or self-governing bodies. From a sample of 75 responses that arrived, the survey found that 90% of companies were not contacted by the ministries at all. In many cases, the ministry did not even respond to calls for cooperation. If communication with Czech manufacturers did take place, it was often very late and orders were minimal. Only seven companies received at least one order (approximately 9%). Some contracts have also been cancelled.


FS: Employed OSVČ with CZK 3,000+ income not eligible

(ČIA) Self-employed persons (OSVČ) who are also working on employment basis are not entitled to the compensation bonus for self-employed persons if their monthly income reaches at least the amount of CZK 3,000. The Financial Administration (FS) stated that an exemption from this rule is granted to employees working on the basis of an agreement on the performance of work, for whom participation in health insurance arises only after exceeding the amount of CZK 10,000 per month. In the event of unauthorized exercise of this right, the situation can be remedied by refunding the amount of the bonus already paid to the tax administrator.


First Aid contribution will not be counted as income

(ČIA) The Government of the Slovak Republic supplemented its regulation concerning the allowance called First Aid with a method for calculating the entitlement. Newly, the contribution from First Aid for job retention will not be counted as income. The conditions for postponing the payment of social insurance premiums for May 2020 (a decrease in sales of at least 40%) will thus be met by more employers and self-employed persons.


AČCKA has reservations against potential EC lawsuit due to travel vouchers

(ČIA) The Association of Czech Travel Agencies (AČCKA) objected to a potential lawsuit filed by the European Commission (EC) against the Czech Republic over travel vouchers. According to the association, these are the only effective assistance to travel agencies since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. AČCKA refers to the Czech legislation, which significantly helps to rescue travel agencies, whose activities are now completely paralysed. EC is currently examining 12 EU countries for compliance with European law.


Govt approves economy support program

(ČIA) The government approved the COVID III program. The state will gradually release 150bn into these selected guarantees. CZK. Self-employed people and companies with up to 250 workers receive a 90% guarantee, a company with 250 to 500 employees who support an 80% guarantee. The ministers also supported the easing of the border regime from May 26, 2020. The cabinet also approved a bill on compensation for recipients of health services. Direct compensation should total ca. CZK 27bn plus CZK 5bn for the care for COVID-19 patients. In the COVID rent program, ministers approved a contribution of half of the payment for commercial rent with entrepreneurs with forcibly closed establishments. The maximum amount of support will be CZK 10m for the period from April to June. The government also raised the allocation of the Czech Rise Up 2.0 program by CZK 100m. The allocation of nursing allowances for the self-employed will increase to CZK 2.5bn.


PSP approved deferral of social insurance

(ČIA) The Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic (PSP) approved on May 13, 2020 the draft submitted by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic according to which employers can postpone until October 20 social security payments (that is, 24.8 %) which they would otherwise have to pay for May to July. Of the gross wages, they would pay only insurance premiums paid for employees (6.5%). At the same time, MPs approved an amendment recognizing the right to nursing allowance for all parents who, for objective reasons, cannot place a child in school or kindergarten.


Bisnode: 15,838 self-employed halted activities in crisis

(ČIA) Since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis in the Czech Republic, 15,838 self-employed persons have suspended their business, which is a quarter more than in the same period in 2019 and 45% more than in 2018. This stems from the statistics from the consulting company Bisnode. In March, 10,033 self-employed people closed their business, and in April the situation stabilised. The most discontinued trades were in the catering segment (984 self-employed, + 19%). This is followed by wholesale intermediaries (908, + 1144%) and hairdressing and beauty services (816, + 76%).


Self-employed to receive CZK 500 nursing allowance until 30 June

(ČIA) Self-employed persons who had to stop their business in connection with caring for a child or handicapped person after the closure of schools and other facilities will be able to receive nursing allowance until June 30, 2020. The decision was made by the government upon the proposal of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. It also increased the daily amount to CZK 500 per calendar day. The increase will already apply to aid for April.


AMSP wants bonuses for executives with DPP employees

(ČIA) The Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic (AMSP) has proposed that executive directors or members of limited liability companies with employees working based on an agreement on work performance (DPP) should also be entitled to a bonus from the Antivirus programme. At a meeting with the Czech Ministry of Finance on supporting one-person companies, the Association also submitted a proposal to expand the compensation to up to four partners (originally it was two). According to the Assdociation, one should also think about LLC executive officers with employees who act in accordance with the law, do not have a work contract concluded with themselves, and therefore are not entitled to support from Antivirus.


Govt accelerates easing of restrictions

(ČIA) Based on a decision of the government, the Czech Ministry of Health, together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, has updated the schedule of easing entrepreneurial activities and measures at schools and educational facilities. Instead of five stages, business activities will be relaxed in four stages by May 25, 2020.


HK ČR seeks quicker opening of restaurants, hotels

(ČIA) According to the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic (HK ČR), the government should make it possible to open catering facilities, accommodation facilities or retail centres. According to representatives of HK ČR, if no conceptual change is made, important economic segments will face significant problems and unjustified discrimination in next weeks.


MPO: Operators develop new bundles of services

(ČIA) Mobile operators have prepared new bundles helping self-employers and small companies get tools for digitisation and more advantageous telecoms services. This happened based on a call of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (MPO) and organisations associating entrepreneurs. The shift of activities to the online world can be an opportunity for self-employers and small companies to restart their business after the coronavirus pandemic and raise their ability to compete. The offers introduced by the operators will likely apply to the security of data transfers, an innovative way of sales, IT support of the remote access to a company.


ODS offers postponement of VAT payment

(ČIA) Czech political party ODS proposes postponing payments of VAT for 1H 2020 for entrepreneurs. The VAT should be due in March 2021. This was stated by Zbyněk Stanjura, the chairman of ODS MPs Club, adding that the economic package is based on experience from the first month of the state of emergency. He said that the party would like to reduce social insurance payments by two percentage points. ODS Deputy Chairman Martin Kupka said that the government should use CZK 10.5bn out of CZK 33bn from aid provided by EU for the aid for municipalities including investments, repairs and maintenance of their property. Some CZK 4bn should be provided to regions, who would use them for repairs and maintenance of roads of 2nd and 3rd class.


Government approved continuation of Pětadvacítka program

(ČIA) The government approved a draft amendment to the Compensation Bonus Act, submitted by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with the aim of extending direct support for self-employed persons. Direct support will continue to be provided through a compensation bonus of CZK 500 per day for the extended bonus period from May 1 until June 8, 2020. It will thus be possible to apply for the maximum amount of CZK 19 500.


Schillerová to propose continued support for sole traders

(ČIA) The Pětadvacítka program will continue. Sole traders who suffered damages may apply for CZK 500 per day also from May 1 until June 8, 2020. This was stated by the Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová (on behalf of ANO), who will submit the proposal to the government.


Fund worth billions to support business in Prague

(ČIA) Prague’s leaders plan to create a fund for the renewal and development of business and services in the city with an allocation of billions of korunas. According to the council’s resolution, the expert group should address not only the mechanism of money distribution, but also resources. The Deputy Mayor for Budget, Pavel Vyhnánek (Prague for Itself), said that the implications for the budget are still being calculated. He added that Prague does not want to cut investment expenditures significantly. According to him, the end of quarantine will be the beginning of a new era for which the city must be prepared.


FS to pay CZK 3.3bn+ in compensations to self-employed

(ČIA) The Financial Administration received 196,517 applications for compensation bonuses for self-employed persons for processing. In terms of regions, the largest number of applications was received in Prague (25,745). As of April 16, 2020, the tax authorities ordered to pay an amount of over CZK 1.8bn to the applicants, and on April 20 another CZK 1.5bn was ordered. The average compensation bonus per application reached CZK 24,833. The Act on the Compensation Bonuses for the Self-Employed Persons, designed to mitigate the negative effects of events related to the spread of coronavirus, came into effect on April 14.


ČMZRB granted COVID support worth CZK 1.6bn

(ČIA) As on April 16, 2020, Czech and Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank (ČMZRB) approved support for entrepreneurs as part of COVID programmes worth CZK 1.6bn (including CZK 1bn within COVID II). This means that sole traders and small and medium-sized businesses received loans for CZK 1.9bn from ČMZRB or their banks. ČMZRB processed 1,400 applications. The bank expects that COVID I applications will be administered by the end of April and COVID II applications within a few weeks. The COVID Prague programme will be announced on April 20, 2020. During the first three months of the year, ČMZRB advanced support to small and medium-sized entrepreneurs worth more than CZK 3.7bn, up by 14% y/y.


Zeman to sign budget deficit increase to CZK 300bn

(ČIA) President Miloš Zeman will sign the proposal of Finance Minister Alena Schillerová (ANO) for a further increase of the budget deficit from CZK 200bn to CZK 300bn and the law increasing the nursing benefit from 60 to 80%. Miloš Zeman made this statement on the Presidential Press Club on Radio Frekvence 1. He added it could be expected that the budget would need to be increased.


TOP 09 does not support extension of state of emergency

(ČIA) Under current conditions, MPs representing TOP 09 will not support the extension of the state of emergency, the duration of which is now approved until April 30, 2020. For example, the government has not sufficiently substantiated why it should not be possible to leave the country and its only reason for extending the state of emergency is the necessity to buy certain goods without tenders. TOP 09 wants to promote greater support for sole traders, such as the compensation for their fixed costs, especially rents.


Senate approves six-month postponement of installments

(ČIA) Under the accelerated procedure, the Senate approved a proposal for a credit moratorium. It will be possible to defer repayment of loans and mortgages agreed before March 26, 2020 up to a period of six months. Newer loans, credit cards or overdrafts are not affected by this measure. Postponement of repayments will be possible for ordinary consumers, self-employed people and companies. They will be able to defer repayment of their choice either until July 31 or until October 31 of this year. If a client makes use of the postponement of the instalment, the loan repayment period will be extended accordingly. Payments will remain the same. During the grace period, the interest under the contract will continue to run. Companies will pay it continuously even during the deferred payment of principal. Consumers and self-employed persons will only pay it after the principal has been paid.


EY: COVID-19 pandemic will change face of economy

(ČIA) COVID-19 represents an unprecedented global crisis. Company representatives now have a chance to transform it into an opportunity. And to plan what the world will look like once the pandemic passes. This is the result of an analysis by EY, which says that supply chains and production will change. One possible scenario is abandoning the strategy of offshoring. COVID-19 will also speed up the introduction of technologies, including digital transactions, virtual workshops and videoconferences. Telemedicine and 3D print are also developing on an unprecedented scale. The digital literacy of the population has made a leap in progress that under normal circumstances would have possibly even required several years. The role of e-commerce which is markedly strengthened during the crisis will also determine retail after the crisis.


IndustryMin preparing COVID III for Prague entrepreneurs

(ČIA) The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic has announced the update of the first call of the Expansion Guarantee Program: COVID II with modification of conditions valid from April 2, 2020. Support is provided in the form of portfolio guarantees provided by the Czech-Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank. Since COVID II is funded by the EU, it is not possible to support projects in Prague. However, it will be possible to use the upcoming COVID III program to support Prague entrepreneurs.


HK ČR advised senators to amend two rental laws

(ČIA) The Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic (HK ČR) has fundamental objections to the Lease Acts on the program of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic for April 16, 2020. In the first case, tenant payment are postponed for the lease or sublease of business premises. According to HK ČR, although the law relieves entrepreneurs in the role of tenants, it leaves the landlord without any compensation and shifts to them fully the consequences of extraordinary measures due to the pandemic. In the second case, the Chamber points out that the bill narrows the whole issue only to termination notice due to delay in rent payments.


ODS presents plan for CR’s restoration after pandemic

(ČIA) The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) presented its plan for restoring the Czech Republic following the Covid-19 pandemic. The plan's points include the second economic package, preparation of the health system for the next steps, rules for facilitating the release of measures, categorization of the opening of closed shops, decision to open schools and summer camps, help for others and respect for democratic principles.


SPS, ZSPS request access to workers from neighbouring country

(ČIA) Construction companies from the Czech Republic and Slovakia need access to cross-border workers located in the territory of a neighboring country to continue construction. The Association of Building Entrepreneurs in the Czech Republic (SPS) and the Association of Building Entrepreneurs of Slovakia (ZSPS) therefore called on the prime ministers of both states to allow construction workers to enter the territory of both countries, so that any potential quarantine will be ordered in one territory only. For strategic constructions of transport, water and energy infrastructure, the associations call for the entry and departure of specific experts without compulsory quarantine.


MPO: 50,000 requests from self-employed for nursing fees

(ČIA) The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO) has registered more than 50,000 applications in two weeks from self-employed persons for so-called nursing allowances. Of the total, the ministry reviewed ca. 10,000 applications, approved 5,000 and returned 5,000 for completion or reworking. The ministry started to pay the subsidy on April 14, 2020. In the first wave, roughly CZK 22m will be paid to ca. 3,000 people. The average amount of subsidy for approved applications is CZK 7,000 per person.


Govt plans to lift restrictions in five steps until June 8

(ČIA) Czech government plans to lift the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 disease in five waves. From April 20, crafts, farmers' markets, car showrooms and outdoor training activities will be permitted. From April 27, shops sized up to 200 m2 will follow, unless they are in shopping centres sized over 5,000 m2. From May 11 establishments sized up to 1,000 m2 (outside shopping centres), will open, together with driving schools and fitness centre. They will be followed by restaurants on May 25, through window sales or in beer gardens, hairdresser’s and other beauty services, museums, galleries and zoos. In the last wave, restrictions will be abolished for all business premises in shopping centres as well as for business premises over 1,000 not located in shopping centres. Restrictions will no longer apply to restaurants, hotels, taxis, theatres or mass events with a defined number of participants.


GALARD: cotton face masks with nano filters

The tailoring company GALARD Prague temporarily switched their production line from suit and shirts to cotton face masks with nano filters. No matter if you need just a few pieces for your personal use or higher quantities for your company, you can contact Karel Repa for prices and more details. Email:, Mobile phone: +420 778 801 802.


Twisto: Pandemic changing e-commerce, cash on delivery disappearing

(ČIA) The option of cash on delivery will soon disappear from e-shops and will be replaced by cashless means of payment. This is predicted by Twisto, which added that customers' shopping habits have changed dramatically in connection with the pandemic. Sales of tickets, tours and fashion have ceased while sales of food, drugstore, pet supplies and food delivery are on the rise. The current situation, according to Twisto, changes a number of established schemes and it will be interesting to see how new habits will be reflected in the future. It is not just about payments, but also about delivering and receiving goods or choosing a store.


ČS cooperated with the Tatum startup on the Save Your Company project

(ČIA) Česká spořitelna (ČS) in cooperation with the blockchain start-up Tatum launched the non-profit project Save Your Company. It aims to help small businesses with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic by purchasing vouchers worth CZK 100 to 1,000.


The CovPoint team ensured the acquisition of five EIT devices

(ČIA) The CovPoint team, composed of representatives of CzechInvest, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, ensured the acquisition of five devices of Electric Impedance Tomography (EIT). They will help patients with a severe course of COVID-19. The project was coordinated by persons from the General University Hospital in Prague, the 1st Medical Faculty of Charles University and LINET. The purchase price of one device is approximately CZK 2 million. The Ministry of Industry and Trade is now looking for funds for purchasing EIT also for hospitals in Hradec Králové, Brno and Ostrava.


MPs supported the proposal to postpone rent for companies

(ČIA) On April 8, 2020, the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic passed, in summary form, a government bill on certain measures to mitigate the effects of the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus epidemic on tenants of business premises. Companies that had to close down operations due to measures in the context of the pandemic will be able to take advantage of the possibility of deferring rent. The withdrawal period will run from March 12, when the state of emergency was declared and will last until June 30, 2020. The landlord will not be able to give notice to the entrepreneur for inability to pay rent. The deadline for payment of installments will be two years, until March 31, 2022


HK ČR supports self-employed contribution of CZK 30,000

(ČIA) The Czech Chamber of Commerce (HK ČR) proposes to expand support for the self-employed to all those in need that cannot do their business in the current state of crisis. According to the Chamber, the current government proposal by the Czech Ministry of Finance omits a significant part of the sole traders. HK ČR’s support is also with the proposals of the opposition, such as increasing the compensation to CZK 30,000 and at least partially covering fixed costs of the self-employed, for instance rents. The state should also partially help those who run their trade as a supplementary gainful activity.



AMSP ČR se připojuje ke specializovanému týmu složenému ze zástupců agentury CzechInvest, Ministerstva průmyslu a obchodu a Ministerstva zdravotnictví. Za podpory Svazu průmyslu ČR pomáhá v boji proti Covid-19 zejména propojováním potřeb s nabídkami firem. Tým vznikl již před časem jako reakce na novou situaci,

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Prague to help small businesses with CZK 500m

(ČIA) The City of Prague will redirect more than CZK 500m from OP Prague - Growth Pole to the Prague version of the bailout program, Covid PRAHA. The money will be used to help small and medium-sized enterprises. The city of Prague will cooperate on the bailout program with the Czech-Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank. Jiří Pospíšil, chairman of the United Forces for Prague, added that the city has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade for a guarantee of state funding if the European Commission does not approve the transfer of funds in the future.


NBS informs about extraordinary financial measures

(ČIA) The National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) reported that, as of April 4, 2020, Act no. 67/2020 CFU, on certain emergency financial measures in relation to the spread of dangerous contagious human disease COVID-19 has been in force. It enables NBS to interrupt the sanction and authorisation procedures conducted by the NBS, extend the deadlines for NBS' acts or extend the deadlines for supervised entities and other entities arising from special regulations in the financial market area. The Act also regulates the possibility and conditions of electronic communication between supervised and other entities in relation to the NBS during a pandemic.


ČBA: Banks received 140,000 requests for deferral

(ČIA) Banks in the Czech Republic are preparing for a law on the repayment moratorium, according to which the debtor will be able to choose between 3 and 6 months of grace from payment. The Chamber of Deputies is scheduled to discuss the law on April 7, 2020. As of April 6, 2020, banking institutions received almost 140,000 requests for deferral of instalments. Most of them requests concern consumer loans (60%), another 30% of applications are for mortgage loans and 10% are for business loans. This stems from the data from the Czech Banking Association (ČBA).


Maláčová: Antivirus to be launched on April 6

(ČIA) The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will launch the Antivirus programme for the protection of employment at noon on April 6, 2020. This statement was made by Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová (ČSSD) on Czech Television’s debate, Otázky Václava Moravce. The programme concerns up to 3.1m employees and 280,000 companies. The state will provide two types of contributions: It will cover 80% of wages to people from closed establishments during the ordered closure up to the amount of CZK 39,000. In case of raw material outages or lower demand, the state will provide 60% of wages up to the amount of CZK 29,000. Support will be calculated from the super-gross wage. Employers will have to pay wages and levies first, and the Labour Office will then reimburse the given part.


AMSP: Podpora OSVČ bude plošná, podmínka poklesu příjmů zmizí

(AMSP( Ministryně financí Alena Schillerová vyslyšela argumenty AMSP ČR a chystá výrazné zmírnění podmínek pro přiznání pětadvacetitisícové podpory. Podmínka poklesu příjmů z návrhu zcela zmizí, bonus navíc budou moci získat třeba i podnikající studenti.

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Prague to offer entrepreneurs own guarantees for loans

(ČIA) The Prague City Hall is planning to offer within a few weeks guarantees for loans that would help entrepreneurs from going bankrupt. According to Hospodářské noviny, this will be a measure that can cost the city up to CZK 1bn. Prague has already invested the same amount in the fight against coronavirus, especially for the purchase of medical supplies.



AMSP proposes to compensate more self-employed

(ČIA) The Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Sole Traders (AMSP) proposed simplification of the rules for the payment of compensation of CZK 25,000 for self-employed persons. According to the association, the parameters set by the government in the original proposal are unfortunate and many sole traders would not be able to get help. Therefore, the AMSP proposed a system with the widest possible inclusion of types of self-employed persons. The measure should newly cover also those who do not do business all year or have started their business in 2020, as well as entrepreneurs who interrupted their activities in March due to unclear situation. The association also requests information on the schedule for the gradual release of restrictions.


Havlíček increases COVID 2 loan limit to CZK 5bn

(ČIA) The Czech-Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank (ČMZRB) has begun providing COVID 2 interest-free loans. The interest in them exhausted the CZK 1.5bn limit in three hours. This information was provided by Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (for ANO) who said that he decided to increase the limit to CZK 5bn. Applications are therefore still being received. The ČMZRB has increased the number of staff for that reason.


ODS: COVID II reflects insufficient government help

(ČIA) The exhaustion of the CZK 1.5bn allotment for the COVID II programme in less than three hours hints at the government’s insufficient help for enterprises. This statement was made by ODS MPs club chairman Zbyněk Stanjura who added that the filling-up of the forms took more than two hours and 700 application were satisfied. Moreover, ODS is criticising the government’s intention to wait until April 20, 2020 to announce another round of the programme. At the same time, it is asking where the CZK 33bn that was released by the EU to help small and medium-sized enterprises is.


ODS to submit support for self-employed - sole traders

(ČIA) ODS will submit to the Chamber of Deputies an edited proposal to support the self-employed. This information was provided by ODS MPs club chairman Zbyněk Stanjura who said that within the framework of the government proposal, sole traders had no chance to get this support. Stanjura added that compared to the government proposal, ODS would increase the support by CZK 5,000 to CZK 30,000. The contribution should be tax-exempt and the state has to allow an online submission of the application for compensation.


Pětadvacítka pro OSVČ

(AMSP) Vláda rozhodla o jednorázovém příspěvku OSVČ na hlavní i vedlejší činnost ve výši 25.000 Kč, kteří byli postiženi dopady v souvislosti s opatřeními vlády. Týká se nejen OSVČ, ale i dalších svobodných povolání dle spec. zákona (umělci, lékaři apod.), přivýdělků invalidních důchodů, starobních důchodců, rodičů, příp. lidí pečujících o další osoby. Podmínkou je prokázání poklesu příjmů minimálně o 10 % v porovnání příjmů za 1-3/2019 a za 1-3/2020. Týká se i podnikatelů podnikajících jen část roku (min. 1 měsíc s tržbou aspoň 15.000 Kč) nebo za celorok s tržbou aspoň 180.000 Kč. Rozhodné období je 12.3.2020 do konce dubna 2020. Půjde o bonus, který budou spravovat finanční úřady prostřednictvím jednoduchého el. formuláře A4, kde budou identifikační údaje osoby + čestné prohlášení, že nepobírá jinou podporu (nemocenská apod.), dále číslo bankovního účtu, telefon, e-mail, podpis. Bude možnost i vyplnění tištěného formuláře a odevzdání do sběrného boxu na příslušném FÚ. Tento příspěvek bude bonus sledovaný zcela odděleně od dalších daňových nedoplatků, nebude předmětem výkonu rozhodnutí (exekucí) apod. Návrh jde do poslanecké sněmovny 7.4.2020 k projednání v režimu legislativní nouze.


MSp: Govt approves firms’ protection against insolvency

(ČIA) The government approved the so-called lex covid justice, which protects entrepreneurs from insolvency and alleviates the conditions of people in debt relief. The information was provided by the Ministry of Justice, with the fact that the execution will also stop, in which nothing has been recovered in the last three years.


Govt OKs Antivirus program, support for self-employed

(ČIA) Czech government approved the Antivirus program on March 31, 2020. Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová (Social Democrats, ČSSD) said that entrepreneurs may apply to the state for wage compensation for the period from March 12 until the end of April 2020. The program foresees two schemes. The first applies to quarantined persons and enterprises closed by the state’s decision; e.g. they have reduced sales or lack of subcontracting. The program will be calculated from the super-gross wage. In mode A it will cover 80% with a maximum of CZK 39,000 and in mode B 60% with a limit of CZK 29,000. The impact on the state budget will reach almost CZK 33bn. The government also supported compensation for self-employed persons limited by COVID-19, amounting to CZK 500 per day between March 12 and the end of April.

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AMSP: COVID III. v přípravě pro pražské firmy a podnikatele

(AMSP) Dle dnešního (30.3.2020) oznámení ČMZRB se připravuje pro podporu podnikatelů z Prahy program COVID III., probíhají jednání s Magistrátem. Spuštění se očekává ca do dvou týdnů. Program COVID II., kde startuje příjem žádostí ve čtvrtek 2. dubna 2020, se týká žadatelů ze všech regionů ČR vyjma hl.m.Prahy.


SP CR: Jak za současné situace řešit exekuce a insolvence?

(SP CR) V souvislosti s vládními opatřeními zaměřenými na omezení šíření onemocnění COVID-19 může osobám samostatně výdělečně činným a zaměstnancům hrozit nižší příjem nebo jeho celková ztráta.

Celá situace může být komplikovanější pro toho, kdo je navíc v exekuci nebo insolvenci. Věděli jste, že lidé v exekuci mají možnost požádat o její odklad a lidem v insolvenci pak zjednoduší situaci snížení měsíčních splátek nebo jejich přerušení?

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AMSP: Ohlášeno půlroční moratorium na splácení veškerých úvěrů a půjček

(AMSP) Ministerstvo financí oznámilo, že na středeční zasedání vlády předloží návrh na půlroční moratorium na splácení všech úvěrů. Vicepremiérka a ministryně financí Alena Schillerová dnes (29.3.2020) v pořadu Partie tv Prima uvedla, že by lidé i firmy mohli půl roku přestat splácet své spotřebitelské a podnikatelské úvěry...

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AMSP: Česká gastronomie vs. COVID-19 – návrhy řešení

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Zakázkové krejčovství GALARD nabízí šité roušky na opakované použití k odběru.

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COVID II. startuje v pondělí 30. března 2020

Cílová skupina: zejména OSVČ a MSP Forma: záruka za komerční úvěr od 10 tis. – 15 mil. Kč s finančním příspěvkem na úhradu úroků Splatnost: 2 roky Odklad splátek možný až o 12 měsíců O úvěr žádá klient u SVÉ BANKY, následně ČMZRB poskytuje záruku Alokace: 5 mld. Kč Příjem žádostí: od 30. března 2020 Tento program...

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Schváleny všechny návrhy vlády na podporu podnikatelů a živnostníků

Další protikrizová opatření na podporu zaměstnavatelů, zemědělců i OSVČ ve stavu legislativní nouze připravila vláda, projednala Poslanecká sněmovna a dnes (25.3.2020) schválil i Senát. Očekává se i rychlý podpis prezidenta.

Jedná se především o:odpouštění minimální povinné platby na důchodové pojištění po dobu 6 měsíců pro OSVČ, dále i odvodů na zdravotní pojištění, odložení spuštění závěrečné fáze EET do doby uplynutí tří měsíců od ukončení stavu nouze, Liberační balíček – prominutí červnové zálohy na daň z příjmů fyzických a právnických osob, zavedení institutu zpětného působení daňové ztráty, zavedení kurzarbeitu, pomoc zemědělcům, úvěr COVID I., program COVID II., ošetřovné pro OSVČ (vyplácení zpětně) – zatím nejsou definitivně schváleny parametry, zrušení poplatků za odesílání zpráv datovou schránkou, programy Technologie COVID 19 a Czech Rise Up.

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