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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]