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Factsheet for case CZ-2020-12/425 – measures in Czechia

Emergency package for Czech exporters

Nouzový balíček pro české exportéry

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, started on 18 March 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Matching / networking
Author Soňa Veverková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) and Eurofound
Case created 09 April 2020 (updated 15 July 2020)

Background information

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (Ministerstvo zahraničních věcí České republiky, MZV ČR supports Czech exporters. Embassies of the Czech Republic and MZV ČR offer assistance to Czech entrepreneurs in case of problems with the realisation of commercial supplies abroad, especially in the case of administrative barriers imposed on importers by local authorities in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. With respect to the mobility restrictions across Europe and other countries, MZV ČR offer assistance in finding new contacts and opportunities.

Content of measure

Emergency package for Czech exporters contains mainly:

  1. Practical information on conducting foreign operations in a coronavirus situation with a number of restrictions in the target country;
  2. Embassies assistance in problems with performing trade operations;
  3. Finding and analysing opportunities, assisting in identifying and verifying suitable partners.
  4. Assistance and information sharing through a series of webinars and online consultations.
  5. Offer to use the services of local experts to assist the business on site during the negotiating and implementing the business.

These services are for free and are supported by other anti-coronavirus measures, e. g. debt moratorium, COVID I, COVID II, COVID III and COVID Prague programmes and others.

Use of measure

No info available yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement Consulted
Form Not applicable Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

Social partners, which are members of the tripartite body (Council of economic and social agreement, Rada hospodářské a sociální dohody, RHSD) were informed and consulted in both formal (requested by institutional settings) and informal ways. They are not involved in the management of policy measures.

Views and reactions

Supportive. The measure has been designed in cooperation with the Czech Chamber of Commerce and the Confederation of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic.

Sources

  • 18 March 2020: MZV: MZV´s package for exporters/MZV: MZV spouští balíček na pomoc exportérům (www.export.cz)
  • 20 March 2020: SP ČR: Measures taken by the government of the Czech Republic/SP ČR: Opatření vlády České republiky (www.spcr.cz)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Emergency package for Czech exporters, case CZ-2020-12/425 (measures in Czechia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.