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Czech Republic: Tax Revisions Considered

(May 28, 2013) The Czech Republic is re-codifying its private law, and in connection with this project, the legislature is considering changes to the tax laws. On May 15, 2013, the lower chamber of the country’s Parliament approved a first reading of the revisions. The bill’s provisions include changes to both corporate and individual income […]

Czech Republic: Newly Amended Data Retention Law

(Sept. 7, 2012) It was reported on August 1, 2012, that both chambers of the Czech Parliament had approved an act to amend the 2005 Electronic Communications Act. (Czech Republic Data Retention – Almost Back in Business, EDRI-GRAM NEWSLETTER, No. 10.15 (Aug. 1, 2012); Act 127/2005 [in Czech] (Feb. 22, 2005), PORTAL VEREJNE SPRAVY; 127 […]

Czech Republic: Further Smoking Restrictions Contemplated

(Sept. 4, 2012) It was reported in June 2012 that the Health Ministry of the Czech Republic was preparing to tighten the country’s anti-smoking legislation through the adoption of new measures protecting against damage caused by addictive substances. Under the proposed legislation, restaurants would be required to ban smoking unless they provide a separate room […]

Czech Republic: Changes in Investment Incentives

(May 18, 2012) On April 25, 2012, the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic approved a bill amending the Act on Investment Incentives (Act No. 72/2000, as last amended by Law No. 357/2011). In order to become law, the amendment bill, Senate Document No. 311, must be signed by the country's President. (Czech […]

Czech Republic: Constitutional Court Overturns Parts of Data Retention Law

(Apr. 1, 2011) The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic, on March 31, 2011, overturned certain provisions of the Electronic Communications Act. (Czech Constitutional Court Rejects Data Retention Law, European Digital Rights (EDRI) website (Mar. 31, 2011).) The Court found unconstitutional paragraphs 3 and 4 of section 97 of the Act, which had stipulated that […]

Czech Republic: Reduction of Salaries Proposed for Judges

(Oct. 1, 2010) Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek announced on September 26, 2010, that in two weeks the government will propose the lowering of the salaries of judges and other officials. The reduction would be of five percent. Kalousek added that “[t]his is an agreement we have firmly concluded. You can basically consider it a […]

Czech Republic; International Criminal Court: Membership

(July 27, 2009) On July 21, 2009, the Czech Republic ratified the Rome Statute, the treaty founding the International Criminal Court (ICC), which handles war crime trials, crimes against humanity, and the crime of genocide. The Statute will enter into force for the Czech Republic on October 1, making that country the 110th to become […]

Czech Republic: Senate Ratifies the Lisbon Treaty

(May 12, 2009) On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech Republic, the ratification becomes complete upon the signing of the treaty by the Czech President, Vaclav […]

Czech Republic: “Muzzle Law” Curtailing Freedom of the Press Enters into Force

(Apr. 27, 2009) On April 1, 2009, an amendment to the Czech Penal Code that prohibits the press from revealing the identity of victims of serious crime and the contents of conversations wiretapped by the police entered into force. Persons convicted of “unauthorized handling of personal data” (under section 178 of the Penal Code) face […]

Czech Republic: Bond Law to Aid Latvia

(Apr. 24, 2009) Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about CZK5.5 billion (about US$264 million). The money raised will take the form of a seven-year interest-free […]