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    Czech Republic: New Legislation Creates Legal Grounds for National Sanctions against Foreign Individuals and Companies On January 3, 2023, the Law on Restrictive Measures against Certain Serious Acts Applied in International Relations (Sanctions Law), Act No. 1/2023 Coll., entered into force in the Czech Republic.This act, which Czech President Miloš Zeman had signed into law on December 7, 2022, enables the Czech state to impose national sanctions outside of the EU’s sanctions … Continue reading “Czech Republic: New Legislation...
    • Contributor: Fremer, Iana
    • Date: 2023-03-19
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    Czech Republic: Amendment to Electronic Communications Act Strengthens Consumer Protection in Line with European Union Standards On September 15, 2021, the Chamber of Deputies (lower house) of the Parliament of the Czech Republic adopted an amendment to the Electronic Communications Act (Zákon 127/2005 Sb.). As stated in the explanatory memorandum to the amendment, the amendment strengthens consumer protection and incorporates the European Union (EU) rules on privacy in electronic communications into the Czech … Continue reading “Czech Republic: Amendment to...
    • Contributor: Roudik, Peter
    • Date: 2021-10-17
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    European Union: Court of Justice Rules against Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary for Noncompliance with Migrant Relocation Obligations (June 5, 2020) On April 2, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) in Luxembourg issued a judgment in Joined Cases C-715/17, C-718/17 and C-719/17, European Commission v. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, finding these three countries in noncompliance with the temporary mechanism for the relocation of applicants for international protection […]
    • Contributor: Fremer, Iana
    • Date: 2020-06-05
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    Czech Republic: Government Adopts National Artificial Intelligence Strategy (June 5, 2019) On May 6, 2019, the Czech government adopted its National Artificial Intelligence [AI] Strategy. (Press Release, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, The Czech Republic Is Among the Elite in Presenting a Strategy for the Development of Artificial Intelligence (May 6, 2019).) According to the Ministry of Industry and […]
    • Contributor: Grigoryan, Astghik
    • Date: 2019-06-05
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    Czech Republic: Ministry of Health Proposes Public Health Insurance Companies Reimburse Patients for Medical Cannabis Costs (Mar. 11, 2019) The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has proposed that 90% of patients’ monthly costs for up to 30 grams of medical cannabis be reimbursed by public health insurance companies. (Press Release, Ing. Gabriela Štěpanyová, Spokeswoman for Director of Public Relations Department, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Health Proposes Public Health […]
    • Contributor: Grigoryan, Astghik
    • Date: 2019-03-11
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    Czech Republic: Draft Law on Putting Rights of Gun Owners in Constitution (Sept. 5, 2017) On June 28, 2017, the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Czech Parliament, passed a draft amendment to the Constitution that would place the right to own guns in the Constitution.  (Jacob Bojesson, Czech Republic Plans to Combat Terrorism by Arming Its Citizens, DAILY CALLER (June 29, 2017).)  According to […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2017-09-05
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    Czech Republic: Legislature Approves Draft Amendments to Tax Law (Sept. 23, 2016) The Czech Parliament approved a draft amendment of the Income Tax Law and the Criminal Code on September 6, 2016. The legislation will next go to the President for approval and will become effective on the first day of the second month after it is published in the Collection of Laws, the […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2016-09-23
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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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2013-05-28
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2012-09-07
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2012-09-04
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2012-05-18
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2011-04-01
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-10-01
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-07-27
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2009-05-12
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-04-27
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-04-24
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    Czech Republic: New Rules for Sick Leave Benefits (June 2, 2008) On May 15, 2008, the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic invalidated the package of reform legislation initiated by the government that had provided for the elimination of payments to all employees nationwide during the first three days of an illness. The current legislation allows people to receive payments in an amount […]
    • Contributor: Roudik, Peter
    • Date: 2008-06-02
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    Czech Republic: Presidential Veto of Amendment to Conflict-of-Interest Provision (May 2, 2008) Calling the proposed amendment to the law on conflict of interest unsystematic, ill-conceived, chaotic, and incomprehensible, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed it. Klaus was concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to privacy, according to Petr Hajek, a presidential office spokesman. (Czech President Vetoes Amendment to Law on Conflict of […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2008-05-02
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    Czech Republic: High Court Rejects Complaint Against Supreme Court Head (Mar. 2, 2008) On March 3, 2008, the Olomouc High Court in North Moravia, the Czech Republic, rejected a complaint against Iya Brozova, the Chairwoman of the Czech Supreme Court. The disciplinary complaint, initiated by Justice Minister Jiri Pospisil in December 2007, had alleged that she diverted from the Justice Ministry 40 million crowns (about […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2008-03-02