Press Advisories

5. 6. 2020

Government decides that border controls will end at noon on Friday, Czechs do not have to provide a test

At noon on Friday, state border controls with Austria and Germany, put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, are coming to an end. This decision was made by the government of Andrej Babiš at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, 5 June 2020. Czechs will no longer need to provide a negative Covid-19 test or go into quarantine after returning from these countries or from Slovakia or Hungary.

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3. 6. 2020

Czech/Slovak border to open at midnight for citizens of both countries, agree prime ministers Andrej Babiš and Igor Matovič

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš received the Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovič on Wednesday 3 June 2020 during his first official visit to the Czech Republic. The main themes of the call were cooperation on the issue of the reopening of the common borders, a resolution of the effects of the covid-19 epidemic and the mutual relations of both states. As part of the EU agenda, both prime ministers also discussed the multi-year financial framework and further cooperation of the Visegrád states.

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1. 6. 2020

Government provides millions in financial assistance to sports organisations. "Traffic-light" travel allowed

Organisers of sporting events, sports clubs and organisations that suffered economic losses during the lockdown will be able to apply for a special state subsidy. Following a Government decision on Monday, 1 June 2020 the COVID-Sport subsidy program will have one billion Czech Crowns available. The Ministers also intend to ease the situation of Czech guides. They have therefore proposed to postpone the new obligation to acquire a national guide card by three months.

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25. 5. 2020

Government to propose lowering VAT on accommodations and tickets, has decided to open all road and railway crossings with Germany and Austria

Organisers of sports and cultural events as well as those who run accommodation services could save five percent off VAT. Truckload hauliers could even save a quarter on the road tax. This as envisaged by a new bill amending certain acts in the field of taxation that was approved by the Andrej Babiš government on Monday 25 May 2020.

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19. 5. 2020

Prime Minister Babiš discusses impacts of coronavirus crisis with V4 prime ministers and German Chancellor

The prime ministers of the countries of the Visegrád four and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel met today at a summit of the countries of the V4 group and Germany to discuss the impacts of the coronavirus crisis - primarily the easing of measures at border crossings and resolving the economic effects. As the presiding country, the Czech Republic organised the summit, held through a video conference. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš then also negotiated bilaterally with the German Chancellor.

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18. 5. 2020

Government approves COVID III guarantee programme for companies and releases 2.5 billion for Care-giver’s Allowance for SEP programme

Companies with up to 500 employees affected by the coronavirus contagion will be able to ask banks for a loan with a state guarantee. The government of Andrej Babiš approved the announcement of the COVID III guarantee programme at their meeting on Monday 18 May 2020. It also agreed with the designation of 2.5 billion crowns for the support of self-employed persons (SEP) that have to take care of children during the pandemic and with the draft of an act that enables healthcare service providers to be compensated for expenses that arose for them in connection with the ongoing epidemic of the COVID-19 disease.

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11. 5. 2020

Students taking secondary school & university entrance and final examinations will not have to wear face masks

Pupils and students taking university entrance and final examinations, and members of examination boards, will not have to wear face masks if they follow certain basic rules. At a meeting on Monday, 11 May 2020, the government discussed further exemptions from the obligation imposed earlier.

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7. 5. 2020

Selected social services will start up earlier, government will reward rescuers and social workers for their extraordinary efforts during the epidemic

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will accelerate the scenario for relaxing limitations on social services. On Thursday, 7 May 2020, the government of Andrej Babiš gave its consent to the earlier start-up of selected activities. It also approved the payment of extraordinary remuneration for employees in social services and the emergency medical services. A special interim law for the period of the pandemic and a proposal to defer social security payments will also go to Parliament.

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4. 5. 2020

Government approves further proposals to help businesses, from 11 May cross-border passenger transportation to resume

The partners of small limited liability companies that fulfil the basic conditions and were damaged in relation to the coronavirus epidemic will also be able to ask for aid from the state. On 4 May 2020, the government of Andrej Babiš proposed a contribution of 500 crowns per day. It will also be sending further proposals of legislative changes to parliament to help businesses, for example by increasing the care-giver’s allowance for self-employed persons, a state contribution for the payment of rent or the deferral of the obligation to use the electronic records of sales until the end of the year.

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