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Factsheet for case CZ-2020-13/310 – measures in Czechia

Czech Network platform

Spojujeme Česko

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, started on 28 March 2020
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Matching / networking
Author Soňa Veverková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) and Eurofound
Case created 06 April 2020 (updated 30 June 2020)

Background information

The Czech network platform was established by CzechInvest Agency, Czechinvest , the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu České republiky, MPO ČR , Office of the Government of the Czech Republic (Úřad vlády České republiky) and other ministries (Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, Ministerstvo zdravotnictví České republiky, MZ ČR and other entities, with the support of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (Svaz průmyslu a dopravy České republiky, SP ČR . The platform combines innovations and modern information and communication technologies.

The platform is in operation thanks to collaboration between the government, scientists, universities, communities and the private sector. It is operationally based on the current needs of society, which are changing due to the necessary measures implemented in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The website of the platform provides information on help, products and services, both commercial and non-commercial, which can be helpful in case of need - for citizens and for companies. Every company or organisation with activity, which can help during state of emergency, can join the platform.

Content of measure

Currently, the platform includes the following technologies and services for companies and public in general, for example:

  • BusinessInfo.cz – a portal for businesses and sole proprietors managed by CzechTrade. Among other things, the portal provides answers to the most frequently asked questions.
  • CoVpoint , the website operated by CzechInvest where companies’ supply and demand in connection with protective equipment and more can be found in one place.
  • Data proti COVID (Data against COVID) – an activity of Czech technology companies and IT enthusiasts through which CZK 10,000,000 (EUR 363,636 approx.) was collected among people for respiratory ventilators.
  • NakupBezpecne.cz – BuySafe.cz – platform that enables fast and easy establishment of an online supermarket store. It is based on technology provided by the Czech second-largest online grocer Rohlik.cz .
  • Pomoc sousedům – Help Neighbors – a project that enables volunteers to assist seniors with, for example, shopping and staying informed.

Other services provided through the platform are available at the platform website

Use of measure

Currently, the platform provides 82 technologies and services and it is believed that the number will increase.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Employers' organisations
Company / Companies
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Consulted
Form Not applicable Direct consultation outside a formal body

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

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

The network runs with the support of SP ČR.

Views and reactions

Not available.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Czech Network platform, case CZ-2020-13/310 (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.