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President Hanák: The Czech Republic has survived the period of crisis well, now the economy is expected to grow further


We experienced a difficult period for the industry during the past twenty years, influenced by the botched privatization or unnecessary banning of the trade with the east. We did surprisingly well in the crisis period from 2009 to 2012. Now we are in a stage of a growing economy. The International Engineering Fair in Brno is the proof that the Czech industry works and is competitive. That much from a statement by the president of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (SPD CR) Jaroslav Hanák. A top SPD meeting was attended by the Czech government led by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and 400 representatives of companies, universities, government, etc.

SPD president Jaroslav Hanák pointed out that cooperation of the confederation with the current coalition government is positive. "The proof is in the Government Policy Statement elaboration process where we have been personally involved. We were able to significantly affect the chapter relating to research, development and innovation, as well as the information and communication technology, the activity of Czech MEPs in the European Union, the disbursement of funds and the like. Fundamental change in the communication between the business sector and the government is constituted by the tripartite arrangement," said the President of the confederation in his opening speech. According to him, the tripartite negotiations do not only focus on matters relating to social dialogue, but 70 percent of the topics concern economic policy for economic growth and competitiveness. "I would like to thank the Prime Minister for the Government Action Plan for Economic Growth, which is currently undergoing the marking up process. The document should be approved as of 1 January 2015," he added.

The Ukrainian crisis is now talked about a lot. In this case, Hanák praised the approach of Prime Minister Sobotka and the government to this complex issue. "In this context, the current political elite of the Union is not good in my opinion, although the confederation has always been a supporter of the Community. For now, each EU country is negotiating by itself. Sanctions and countersanctions are the last thing that should have come in this critical situation. I am glad that  engineering has been rescued, especially machine tools, as they are an important component of Czech exports. Sixty percent of our companies, confederation members, fundamentally disagree with the sanctions," said the president of the SPD. The good news according to Hanák is that in the evaluation of competitiveness by the World Economic Forum, our country has moved from the 46th to 37th place. Unfortunately, two criteria  grew worse, namely the areas of innovation and the state bureaucracy and corruption.

At the Assembly of the Confederation of Industry, president Jaroslav Hanák declared 2015 a year of industry and technical education. Main patronage of the project has been accepted by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Michaela Tominová, the Minister of Education Marcel Chládek and Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mládek. "The aim of the project is to fundamentally change the perception of industry and of technical education in the Czech Republic. This scheme counts on the involvement of regions that have an impact not only on the structure of schools, but also on the development of technology parks. We want to involve the widest possible range of industrial companies in this project. Technically educated workers have a much better future waiting for them than those with education in humanities," said Jaroslav Hanák at the assembly.

Date: 29 Sep 2014 17:00:00

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