Following the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Czechia’s recovery and resilience plan has responded to the urgent need to foster a strong recovery, while making Czechia’s economy and society more resilient and future ready. In response to the energy market disruption caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Commission launched the REPowerEU Plan. The Recovery and Resilience Facility is at the heart of its implementation and its funding. Under REPowerEU, EU countries are updating their recovery and resilience plans with new measures to save energy and diversify the EU’s energy supplies.
Focusing on green technologies and capacities - sustainable mobility, energy efficiency and renewables, climate change adaptation; circular economy; and biodiversity.
Policies for the next generation
Improving access to and the quality of general, vocational, and higher education; focusing on digital education, early childhood education and care; supporting youth employment.
Smart, sustainable, inclusive growth
promoting entrepreneurship, competitiveness, industrialisation; improving the business environment; fostering research, development and innovation, supporting small- and medium-sized businesses.
Promoting the roll-out of very high-capacity networks, the digitalisation of public services, government processes, and businesses, in particular SMEs; developing basic and advanced digital skills; supporting digital-related R&D and the deployment of advanced technologies.
Social and territorial cohesion
Improving social and territorial infrastructure and services, including social protection and welfare systems, the inclusion of disadvantaged groups; supporting employment and skills development; creating high-quality, stable jobs.
Health and economic, social and institutional resilience
Improving the resilience, accessibility and quality of health and long-term care, including measures to advance their digitalisation; increasing the effectiveness of public administration systems.
The map exclusively serves information purposes and is not an exhaustive database of projects supported by the Recovery and Resilience Facility. It does not reflect the distribution of the projects funded by the Recovery and Resilience Facility across the European Union, nor across different geographical areas or sectors within EU Member States. The RRF funding amounts shown for measures are based on the initial cost estimates included in the recovery and resilience plans.
Furthermore, the projects showcased are without prejudice to any future assessment by the Commission in the context of verifying the satisfactory fulfilment of milestones and targets under Regulation (EU) 2021/241 establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility.
*The original plan is entirely financed by RRF grants.
- 91 investment streams and 33 reforms
- 42% of the plan will support climate objectives
- 22% of the plan will foster the digital transition.
The transformative impact of Czechia’s plan is the result of a strong combination of reforms and investments which address the specific challenges of Czechia. The reforms address bottlenecks to lasting and sustainable growth, while investments are targeted to accelerate the transition towards low-carbon and climate-resilient economy, to maximise the benefits of the digital transformation and improve the quality of public administration. The plan also aims at fostering social cohesion and resilience by increasing the availability and quality of healthcare, tackling inequalities in education and investing in pre-school facilities.
All measures have to be implemented within a tight time frame, as the Regulation establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility requires all milestones and targets within the national plans to be completed by August 2026.
In the area of climate and environmental policies, Czechia faces the challenge of increasing the share of renewable energies in the energy mix, improving the energy efficiency of its building stock and making mobility and the transport sector more sustainable. Nature protection, in particular with respect to biodiversity, forestry and water bodies, also requires more attention.
Key measures for the green transition
- Around 20% of the plan is allocated to investments in energy efficiency:
- €1.4 billion will finance large-scale renovation programmes to increase the energy efficiency of residential and public buildings, including childcare and long-term care facilities.
- €480 million will be invested in installation of renewable energy sources for both businesses and households.
- The plan supports green transition also through investments of €1.1 billion in sustainable mobility, notably in low-emission vehicles for the public and business sector, improving railway infrastructure, and promoting electric charging stations and cycling pathways.
- Further €141 million are to be invested in circular economy, including recycling infrastructure and support for circular economy solutions and water savings in businesses.
The measures address the challenge of high and non-renewable energy consumption in households by funding renovations improving the energy efficiency of buildings and increasing the role of renewables.
- Project locations
Digital challenges for Czechia include improving connectivity through very high-capacity networks, increasing the offer and uptake of e-government services and supporting the digitalisation of companies, notably SMEs. Advanced digital skills need to improve to address the growing need of organisations and companies to quickly go through the digital transformation.
Key measures for the digital transition
- Czechia’s recovery and resilience plan supports the digital transition with investments and reforms in digital skills, e-government, digital connectivity and digital transformation of businesses.
- Besides revamping the digital curricula in education, digital skills will be supported by investment of €585 million in digital equipment for schools, training for teachers, new university programmes in fast-growing digital fields and upskilling and reskilling courses for citizens.
- The plan is investing €585 million in the digital transformation and cyber-security of public administration, the justice system and health care.
The digital transition is also being supported by investing €650 million in the digital transformation of businesses, digital innovation hubs and very high-capacity networks and 5G networks.
Economic and social resilience
Key macro-economic challenges for the Czechia’s economy include the industry’s exposure to the risks posed by automation and the green transition, the low levels of R&D funding for early-stage innovative firms, inefficiencies in public administration, growing inequalities in education, skill mismatch, low labour market participation of women and the low skilled.
Key measures in reinforcing economic and social resilience
- In order to reinforce economic and social resilience, the plan foresees:
- €222 million to improve the business environment, in particular through improving access to finance for companies, reforming and accelerating construction licencing procedures, reinforcing anti-corruption measures and boosting cooperation between public and private research.
- Reforms and investment of €393 million shall help ensure equal access to education, notably through increasing access to affordable pre-school care, reinforced support for disadvantaged schools and additional tutoring for children at risk of failure.
- Czechia will also invest €823 million in increasing the resilience of healthcare services, be it through building new hospitals and long-term care facilities, acquiring new medical equipment, strengthening cancer screening programmes or rolling out e-Health.
This measure funds five research & development consortia in the areas of infectious diseases, cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular diseases related to diabetes and obesity, and research on the socio-economic impact of diseases.
- Project locations
- The 2023 Annual Event on Czechia’s recovery and resilience plan took place on 24 January 2023.
- Participants included the European Commission, Government of Czechia, and a broad range of stakeholders, including economic and social partners, NGOs, and academics.
- The discussions focussed on the implementation of Czechia’s recovery and resilience plan in the areas of the energy and digital transitions and social resilience and the challenges identified in the European Semester process
More information on the event can be found here.
The plan is consistent with the challenges and priorities identified in the European Semester, the annual cycle of coordination and monitoring of each EU country’s economic policies. For a detailed explanation of the European Semester see the following link: The European Semester explained | European Commission (europa.eu)
Original Recovery and Resilience Plan (September 2021)
Original Recovery and Resilience Plan
Updated Recovery and Resilience Plan
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