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Nuclear and renewables at the basis of the new Czech Energy Concept

By the end of 2023, the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade will prepare an update of the State Energy Concept with regard to the EU’s climate and energy goals. Development of nuclear energy, including preparation of documents on additional units in Dukovany and Temelín; reducing the bureaucratic burden on companies and sole traders; simplification of subsidy programs for small and medium-sized enterprises; new export promotion strategies are just some of the tasks.

“We face many challenges starting from dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic to the energy crisis,” said Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Síkela. “The priority is to support the development of nuclear energy and renewable sources with an emphasis on energy security, self-sufficiency, climate goals and affordable energy supplies.” 

The government’s program statement envisages the rehabilitation of photovoltaics as an important key resource. By 2025, at least 100,000 photovoltaic roofs should be set up in the Czech Republic. A new energy law, which will include principles and requirements for community energy, is to be completed by the end of this year make. It will make it easier for owners to install equipment on their homes and share or sell the energy generated. At the same time, the customer protection and the state tools for energy market supervision will be strengthened.

A greater labour market liberalisation for third-country applicants is also being prepared. Processing of work permit applications should be significantly faster. 

“We will also prepare a set of measures that quickly simplifies entrepreneurial activities in the Czech Republic,” explained Minister Síkela. “We will draw up a business package on the basis of the business environment analysis and a re-measurement of the administrative burden on entrepreneurs and it will be continuously updated.”

According to the Minister, the Czech Republic must step up as an innovation leader and further develop the potential of digital and new technologies. 

“That is why we will place emphasis on quality education, support for research and development, the introduction of innovations and the necessary transition to a sustainable and digital economy,” he added.

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