The average price of new apartments in Prague grew by 19 percent year on
year in 2017, according to a study produced by the property development
companies Trigema, Skanska Reality and Central Group. The number of new
flats sold last year declined by 17 percent, the report found.
The volume of new properties on the market in the capital last year was half the figure for mid-2015.
Critics say excessive red tape is preventing the construction of sufficient numbers of new apartments, creating a bottleneck and pushing up prices.
Outgoing Czech prime minister and ANO leader Andrej Babiš has opposed the
idea of a regional development bank covering the Visegrad four countries,
Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
Ahead of a meeting of the Central European grouping on Friday in Budapest, Babiš said the main task of the Czech government was to deal with Czech banks.
Hungary and Poland have been the main backers of a regional development bank on the grounds that European Union funds for such a purpose are likely to dry up in the future. The Budapest meeting was also scheduled to discuss migration policy ahead of an EU meeting in Brussels next month.
Czech Prime Minister and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš is set to attend
the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. On Thursday, he is
scheduled to meet with his counterparts from Luxembourg, Portugal, Estonia
and Israel. Among other things, he will be discussing European issues and
Czech-Israeli cooperation in science, innovation and economy.
The Czech prime minister is also set to take part in a panel debate, focused on creating common visions for the EU and hold talks with the president of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák. Mr Babiš will also have lunch with other European politicians, including EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker.
Mr Babiš said last week that the World Economic Forum was one of the most important meetings of world leaders and a welcome opportunity for the Czech Republic to make new partners and allies.
The Czech National Bank (CNB) has announced a shake-up of its system for
managing its foreign currency reserves.
The bank says it will now divide its reserves into two categories: those destined for fast access and use and those regarded as long-term investments.
The former, accounting for around 45 percent of reserves, will be solely in the euro and US dollar. The later will have a wider currency spread and will include the Canadian and Australian dollars as well as the Swedish koruna, the bank said on Thursday.
At the end of last year, the central bank’s reserves stood at around 3,150 billion crowns.
Czech government debt narrowed in the third quarter of the year to 35.11
percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Czech Statistical Office
announced on Thursday.
That compares with the ratio of 38.24 percent at the same time a year earlier. Revenues in the latest period were up 6.8 percent with government spending advancing by 5.2 percent.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic rose in December following a four-month decline, going from 3.5 in November to 3.8 percent. The figure was released on Tuesday by the Czech Labour Office and, despite the rise, is the lowest for the period of December in 20 years. In all, some 280,000 people job seekers were registered.