The Czech economy grew 2.8 percent year on year in the final quarter of 2018, above market expectations, revised data released on Friday by the Czech Statistical Office show. Analysts said it sent a positive signal that domestic growth remains sold despite a downturn in the Eurozone, and in particular Germany, the Czech Republic’s main export market.
The Czech government has just approved a bill under which the providers of taxi services would no longer be required to use taximeters. Ministers say they want to create a level playing field for operators of app-based services. For their part, traditional taxi firms say the move could lead to major problems.
The Czech Republic’s continued economic growth offers an opportunity to intensify its structural reforms, suggests the annual report of the European Commission, assessing the economic and social situation in EU members states. However, it also warns of increasing regional disparities, masked by the continued rise in living standards.
The relatively high cost of mobile data in the Czech Republic has been in the headlines after a minister suggested people should consume more if they want to pay less. The prime minister is set to discuss the matter with operators and there have been suggestions that the planned arrival of a fourth operator will help customers make savings.
Czech officials are gearing up for negotiations with European Commission representatives on how much money the Czech Republic may draw from EU regional development funds in 2021-2027 and what the funds may be used for. The talks are due to begin in a fortnight’s time and the Czech Republic is the first EU member state to undergo them.