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29. 4. 2015 16:11

The 2015 National Reform Programme Sets out a Plan of Key Measures to Support Economic Growth and Job Creation

The Cabinet has approved the National Reform Programme of the Czech Republic for the year 2015 at a meeting of the Committee for the European Union held today. The document defines the concept of the national economic policy and sets out key measures for stimulating economic growth and employment in the Czech Republic. Measures proposed in the reform programme have been formulated with a view to conforming to the principle of responsible fiscal management.

The Cabinet plans a number of measures for the forthcoming period. They will mainly include investments into infrastructure, the construction and reconstruction of roads and railways in particular, and investments into research and development.

Another priority of Bohuslav Sobotka's Cabinet is improving the collection of taxes, which the government intends to achieve by introducing control VAT reports and electronic records of sales. Other planned measures include improving the quality of tertiary education through an amendment to the Higher Education Act, finalizing secondary regulations necessary for the full implementation of the Act on Civil Service, and drafting a new Public Procurement Act.

The National Reform Programme is updated on an annual basis and submitted to the European Commission as part of the coordination of the economic policies of all EU Member States. In mid-May, the Commission will provide feedback for the planned measures in the form of economic and political recommendations that will be taken into account in the decision-making process at the national level. The draft recommendations will be discussed at the EU level and politically confirmed at the European Council meeting held at the end of June.

 

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