(ČIA) The European Commission has published a new draft of three recommendations for the Czech Republic for the next 12 months. The first is aimed at mitigating the economic consequences associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthening the health care system. In the long run and after the crisis subsides, it emphasizes the need to ensure debt sustainability while boosting investment. The second recommendation addresses employment policy, the expansion of the population's digital skills and overall accessibility to digital technologies, including digital learning. The third recommendation focuses mainly on investment and support for small and medium-sized enterprises. At the same time, the EC warned of a significant risk of increasing regional and local disparities. The proof is to be the visibly growing differences between the Karlovy Vary and Ústí nad Labem regions and other regions of the Czech Republic.